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The Beatles Channel – Coming May 18 – Exclusively on SiriusXM

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We are proud to announce the first ever Beatles-backed radio channel, featuring exclusive programming, spanning the songs, stories, influences and legacy of the band.  

Launching May 18 at 9:09 am ET exclusively on SiriusXM channel 18, The Beatles Channel will showcase all-things-Beatles with regular and special programming spanning the history-making careers of the band and its members.

Paul McCartney said, “I still remember the thrill of when we first heard our music on the radio, but I don’t think any of us would have imagined that we’d have our very own Beatles radio channel more than 50 years later. The SiriusXM channel will have it all, 8 Days a Week.”

Ringo Starr added, “Great news, The Beatles will have their own channel on SiriusXM. Now you can listen to The Beatles, Any Time at All. Peace & Love.”

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The BBC To Celebrate The 50th Anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

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The BBC is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with programmes across radio and television that include Sgt. Pepper's Musical Revolution - a new documentary which will present Sgt. Pepper as you have never heard it before - literally.

The film features Howard Goodall getting to grips with the album's musical nuts and bolts as well as extracts from material never before accessible outside of Abbey Road: studio chat between the band; out-takes; isolated instrumental and vocal tracks as well as passages from alternative takes of these world-famous songs.

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Paul McCartney Sgt. Pepper Exclusive: “It Was A Risk!”

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PAUL McCARTNEY HELPS MOJO celebrate 50 years of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with an exclusive interview in the magazine that hits UK shops on Tuesday, April 25. He recalls the circumstances surrounding the group’s most groundbreaking album and gives his verdict on the new stereo mix designed to add legs to one of popular music’s key benchmarks.

“We were always being told, ‘You’re gonna lose all your fans with this one.’” McCartney tells MOJO. “And we’d say, ‘Well, we’ll lose some but we’ll gain some.’ We’ve gotta advance.”

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Liverpool Presents Sgt Pepper at 50

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It was a golden summer – and now it’s a golden anniversary.  The Summer of Love of 1967 was a time to break free, to celebrate creativity, to revel in a counter-culture, to – as Timothy Leary famously suggested – ‘turn on, tune in, drop out’.

To mark this special anniversary, Liverpool has commissioned 13 never-before-seen events, influenced by each track on the album. Internationally-renowned artists are working in partnership with the city’s homegrown creative talent to bring to life this series of incredible reimagined pieces of work. 

May 25 to June 16, as the city pays tribute to its own four musical pioneers and the piece of ‘art’ they produced in the only way it knows how – by pushing artistic boundaries and celebrating creativity in all its forms.

We hope you will enjoy the show.  #SgtPepper50https://www.sgtpepperat50.com/

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George Harrison - The Vinyl Collection

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The Harrison family is proud to announce the release of George Harrison – The Vinyl Collection box set featuring all of George Harrison’s solo studio albums in one collection for the first time.

The vinyl box set includes all twelve of George’s studio albums with exact replicas of the original release track listing and artwork. Also included in the box set are George’s classic live album Live In Japan (2LP), and two 12” single picture discs of “When We Was Fab” and “Got My Mind Set On You”.  All the discs are 180-gram heavyweight vinyl and are housed in a high-quality two-piece rigid slipcase box with lenticular front cover. The original analogue master tapes were used for the new re-masters and were cut at the legendary Capitol studios to ensure exceptional audio quality throughout.   An expanded edition of George's much-loved autobiography, I, Me, Mine, originally released through Genesis Publications in 1980, will also be released on February 24.

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The Beatles LOVE

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For more information about the creation of this incredible show, and how to get tickets visit love.thebeatles.com.

New acts, costumes, choreography, technology and music bring a more vibrant and engaging experience to one of the most celebrated shows in the world. 

The three-time Grammy Award winning LOVE is a Rock ‘n’ Roll poem, inspired by the poetry of the lyrics and brought to life by a cast of world-class aerialists, acrobats and dancers. 

Music Director Giles Martin, son of the legendary Beatles producer, Sir George Martin, has heightened LOVE’s listening experience with a completely remixed soundtrack, noting “The show is the closest anyone can get to being in the studio with the band.”

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Real Love can now be watched in full on Vevo.

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Wonfor, the director of the Anthology documentary series, filmed the Beatles recording in the studio and Godley combined this with archive footage of the band, adding some animated sequences as well as film he shot in 1995.

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THE BEATLES 5-4-3-2-1

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"It was (the second week of April,) 1964 that the British invasion of America was conclusive. The Beatles’ 'Can’t Buy Me Love’ had jumped from No.27 on the Hot 100 to the No.1 spot, in the four places behind it were Beatles' records. It was an unprecedented achievement and it is one that will never be repeated…"

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The Beatles Anthology. Streaming Now.

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Find your local streaming partner at thebeatles.com:

On April 4 at 12:01am local time, The Beatles’ acclaimed Anthology, Volumes 1-3 music collections are available for streaming worldwide.

Originally released in 2CD volumes in 1995 and 1996, Anthology’s three chronological collections of rare and previously unreleased Beatles recordings include studio outtakes and alternate versions.

The “Free as a Bird” and “Real Love” singles, from Anthology, Volume 1 and Anthology, Volume 2, respectively, were completed in 1995 by George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr from 1977 demos recorded by John Lennon.

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23rd March, 1964 - In His Own Write Is Published

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"I like writing books. I got a big kick out of the first one. There was a literary lunch to which I was invited and at which I couldn't thick of anything to say - I was scared stiff, that's why I didn't. I got as big a kick out of seeing that book up there in the writing world's Top Ten as I do when The Beatles get a Number One record. And the reason is that it's part of a different world." - John, from The Beatles Anthology.

Click through to read more about 'The first solo Beatle project'.

 

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Sir George Martin CBE 1926 - 2016

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We were sad to hear the news of Sir George Martin’s passing. Our love and thoughts are with his family today. It is impossible to overstate the significance of George’s contribution to the Beatles' music and the strength of his relationship with the band. He was a member of the family. We will always miss and remember him with admiration and love. “If anyone earned the title of the fifth Beatle it was George” - Paul

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In Memory of Allan Rouse

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Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Allan Rouse, who passed away yesterday and in particular Fiona his wife who cared for him with such tenderness and consideration following his illness.

Allan (on right) is pictured here with the engineers at Abbey Road who worked on The Beatles remasters.

Allan joined Abbey Road studios in 1972 and during his time there made an invaluable contribution towards preserving the music and legacy of The Beatles.  He worked on all the releases with extraordinary dedication and loyalty.  

We will also miss his acerbic wit that was actually part of his charm.  Allan did not suffer fools gladly but once you earned his respect he could not have been more co-operative and helpful.

Allan was a true friend of the band and of everyone at Apple, and will be remembered with great affection by those of us who were lucky enough to spend time working with him.

From Paul, Ringo, Olivia, Yoko and everyone at Apple. 

 

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OUT NOW George Fest: A Night To Celebrate The Music Of George Harrison.

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George Fest: A Night To Celebrate The Music of George Harrison is available today! Featuring Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys, Dhani Harrison, Norah Jones, Brandon Flowers of The Killers, The Flaming Lips, Conan O'Brien, Ben Harper and more, George Fest is a wonderful live tribute to the life of George.

Get the live album and concert-film at Amazon Music.

Blu-ray/CD | DVD/CD

 

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7th February, 1964 - Beginning of First US Tour

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"It was so exciting on the plane, flying in to the airport, I felt as though there was a big octopus with tentacles that were grabbing the plane and dragging us down into New York. America was the best." - Ringo (from The Beatles Anthology)

Click through to hear the famous JFK Airport press conference from when the band had just landed in the United States.

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9th February, 1964 - The Beatles Make Their Ed Sullivan Show Debut

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"We were aware that Ed Sullivan was the big one because we got a telegram from Elvis and the Colonel. And I've heard that while the show was on there were no reported crimes, or very few. When The Beatles were on Ed Sullivan, even the criminals had a rest for ten minutes." - George (from The Beatles Anthology)

The broadcast was watched by an estimated 73 million viewers in over 23 million households - a record for US television, at the time.

Click through to watch the band play I Wanna Hold Your Hand on the show.

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27th January 1962

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27th January 1962 - the last concert the band played at the Aintree Institute.  

According to Mark Lewisohn, Brian Epstein was paid The Beatles’ £15 fee in loose change - he made sure they never played for promotor Brian Kelly again.

Photo by Dick Matthews / © Apple Corps

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Bob Balser

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It was with great sadness that we learnt of the passing of Robert (Bob) Balser on January 4th aged 88.

Bob along with the late Jack Stokes were the two immensely talented Animation Directors on the 1968 film Yellow Submarine.

In 2012 Bob generously gave us his time and expertise as a consultant on the restoration of the original film. A delightful man, he was considered a true friend of Apple.

We send our sincere condolences to his wife Cima and all the family.

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No one deserves to be hungry.

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Set an extra place at the table this holiday season and join us to #GiveThanksgiving by donating now to help fight for everyone’s right to nutritious food and an end to hunger in America.

Take action by donating for signature #Hungerthon gifts including John Lennon “Imagine” tee, scarf and bracelets.  

You can also bid on exclusive auctions items or spreading the word using #GiveThanksgiving

hungerthon.org

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The Nation’s Favourite Beatles Number One Is....

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ITV UK's 'The Nation’s Favourite Beatles Number One' has just announced that Britain voted Hey Jude as its top Beatles track of the 27 that reached #1 in the UK and US charts.

Which is your favourite Beatles Number One?

If you missed it UK viewers can catch “The Nation’s Favourite Beatles No1” on http://ITV.com  & on Sunday at 4.30pm #NatFaveBeatles

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'The Nation’s Favourite Beatles Number One' Wednesday, ITV, 8pm.

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“The Beatles are a band that have defined popular culture and music for decades and so we're thrilled to be celebrating their hits on ITV. Everyone's got a favourite Beatles number one - but which is yours and which will be the nation's?” - Commissioning Editor, Priya Singh.

The Nation’s Favourite Beatles Number One will tell the stories behind some of the greatest Beatles songs ever. With interviews from Beatles’ insiders including musicians, friends, fellow performers and celebrity fans, we’ll hear about the stories behind the Fab Four’s best-loved hits.

These are the stories behind the 27 songs that reached number one here and in the U.S – from She Loves You to Let it Be – as the show hears from the people who were there to witness in person the extraordinary rise and rise of The Beatles.

Across 120 minutes, this prime-time celebration of the biggest and most influential band the world has ever seen uses archive from a number of sources, including rare and exclusive footage from the Beatles’ company Apple Corps.

“It’s extraordinary to think that The Beatles’ output changed so dramatically within seven years – these are 27 songs that chart that extraordinary revolution in popular music”. - Executive Producer, Mark Robinson
Wednesday, ITV, 8pm.

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