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16 April 2019
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Westminster Council unveiled a blue plaque at 3 Savile Row to commemorate it as the site of the Beatles final live performance on 5 April.

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The NYPD police logs detailing the officers assigned to the visit of "Beatles singing group" in February 1964 have been donated to Roag Best's Magical History Museum in Liverpool by the son of one of the officer's (who seems to have "liberated" them from the records store just before they were due to be destroyed).

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Sculptor Clive Duncan, a drinking buddy of George, will be unveiling a bronze of George at the annual exhibition of the Society of Portrait Sculptors at La Galleria in London in June.

If you look at pictures of George Harrison , there are so many aspects of his face and hair that make people think of him in different ways. Sometimes he had long hair and beard, other times his hair was very short. My period is the late Eighties and early Nineties. That was the only period where I could say I had a real memory of him, not only of his features but the attitude and character.

He did have quite a serious expression for most of the time I remember. He knitted his eyebrows and had very strong, powerful dark eyes.

The piece made itself in a way, the memories were so fresh.

A piece on the restoration of John's psychedelic Gypsy caravan, though I'm not sure there's anything new to a story that's been around a while.

Apple lodged a lawsuit on 10 April at the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida against unnamed defendants of infringing its 'The Beatles' and 'Yellow Submarine ' trademarks with fake goods being sold online.

In addition to asking the court for injunctive relief, Apple Corps has requested an order that any online marketplaces that host the counterfeiters to disable their seller IDs and to remove all of the infringing goods.

Apple Corps has also requested either triple damages or statutory damages from each defendant of $2 million per each counterfeit trademark used.

 

   

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Regarded by many as the best drummer in Liverpool, occasionally sat in with the Beatles and was (reportedly) offered the chance to replace Pete by Brian on the day Pete was sacked, saddened to hear of the death of Johnny "Hutch" Hutchinson on 12 April at the age of 79.

Well known by Beatles fans as the drummer who sat in for a late Tommy Moore at the beginning of the 10 May 1960 Larry Parnes audition,

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it was Hutchinson who sat in for three gigs when Pete was sacked and Ringo was still at Butlin's. According to Hutchinson, after the first of those shows (at the Riverpark Ballroom in Chester on 16 August 1962) Brian offered him the role permanently:

"...Brian was there and kept looking at me strange.

"I got off stage after the gig and had to zoom off. Brian said, 'I was looking at you to see how you'd fit with The Beatles'.

"I joked, 'I don't really.' He said, 'You do, I want you to join The Beatles.'"

Johnny then remembers telling a shocked Brian: "I don't want to play for The Beatles, Brian — I've got my own group.

"I would not join The Beatles for a gold clock.

"There's only one group as far as I'm concerned and that's The Big Three.

"The Beatles can't make a better sound than that and Pete is a very good friend of mine."

It wouldn't have worked. Hutch wasn't much of a Lennon fan.

The Big Three were the Merseybeat's groups group, considered the best musicians in Liverpool, Brian managed them for a short time but they were one of the many Merseybeat groups who didn't really break out of Liverpool (the cleaned-up style of Epstein never really suited them), having only a minor hit with their take on Some Other Guy in 1963:

Their Live at the Cavern EP (complete with Bob Wooler intro) is a prime slab of Merseybeat:

RIP Johnny "Hutch" Hutchinson (18 July 1939 - 12 April 2019)

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Ron Nasty said
 

it was Hutchinson who sat in for three gigs when Pete was sacked and Ringo was still at Butlin's. According to Hutchinson, after the first of those shows (at the Riverpark Ballroom in Chester on 16 August 1962) Brian offered him the role permanently:

"...Brian was there and kept looking at me strange.

"I got off stage after the gig and had to zoom off. Brian said, 'I was looking at you to see how you'd fit with The Beatles'.

"I joked, 'I don't really.' He said, 'You do, I want you to join The Beatles.'"

Johnny then remembers telling a shocked Brian: "I don't want to play for The Beatles, Brian — I've got my own group.

"I would not join The Beatles for a gold clock.

"There's only one group as far as I'm concerned and that's The Big Three.

"The Beatles can't make a better sound than that and Pete is a very good friend of mine."

It wouldn't have worked. Hutch wasn't much of a Lennon fan.

well...  his account doesn't match up to what the other Beatles have stated consistently over the years...  Ringo was the drummer that they had wanted and he'd all ready agreed to take the job...  he'd all ready told Brian Epstein "I'll be there Saturday" and I have a hard time believing that Brian would offer someone else the job the very next day...  whatever conversation Johnny had had with Brian couldn't have been all that serious of a discussion...  Johnny Hutch never turned down The Beatles, as has been portrayed by some...  whether it was sour grapes for NOT being offered the job, or because of his personal relationship with Pete Best, who knows...  Ringo was the drummer that John, Paul & George wanted and I'd go even so far as to say that they wouldn't have taken no for an answer from Rings...

 

R.I.P. to Johnny and he certainly contributed immensely to the Mersey Beat scene where good drummers were hard to come by...:-)

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Wow, those Big Three recordings sound brilliant. They definitely were great musicians. Rest in piece sir. 

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RIP Johnny.

Sorry you weren't a Beatles fan

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I don't know if this was posted yet but Nowhere Boy (the 2009 Lennon biopic) is being made into a stage musical with its premiere likely to be in London in the next few years.

Like the film there'll be no Beatle songs in it, only '50's Rock 'N' Roll tracks.

Seeing as Backbeat tried and failed on stage, I wonder how NB will get on. I always liked Backbeat's 'Stuart Theme'.

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George Harrison memorabilia going under the hammer

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A car number plate once belonging to George Harrison that was first sold in return for free haircuts could fetch thousands of pounds when it is sold at auction.
The number plate KMT 499C was removed from an Aston Martin DB5 once owned by the late Beatle.

It is part of a collection of rare Harrison memorabilia being sold by Wiltshire-based auctioneers Gardiner Houlgate at its June specialist guitar and music sale.

Also included are a series of letters written by the guitarist, his sister and his sister-in-law.

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The number plate is believed to have been taken off the car by a mechanic at Arnold G. Wilson Limited’s Regent Street dealership in Leeds in the early 1970s.

It was one of two plates being replaced with new style reflective plates while the car was being serviced.

The rear number plate remained at the dealership for several years until a member of staff sold it to a local barber, who collected car memorabilia, in return for free haircuts for life.

The number plate was subsequently sold to the collector.

The front number plate is known to have hung on the wall of an famous Leeds pub, the Cherry Tree, for many years.

The pub has since been demolished.

Harrison’s 1964 Aston Martin DB5 itself was sold at auction in 2011 for £350,000 to an anonymous Beatles fan from Houston, Texas.

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Also included in the collection is a letter from Harrison to a fan written on the very day that the Beatles’ fourth single She Loves You was released in 1963.

Drafted on headed notepaper from the Palace Hotel, Bournemouth, where the Beatles were staying, the letter reveals that Harrison sings the wrong words on the single’s B-side I’ll Get You.

Over three pages, Harrison also explains that the group were annoyed at being pelted with Jelly Babies sweets while performing live and that drummer Ringo Starr was too scared to sing on stage, even though Harrison and Paul McCartney offered to play the drums for him.

In addition to books and programmes, the collection also includes letters to Beatles fans written by Harrison’s sister, Louise Harrison, and his sister-in-law, Irene Harrison.

The George Harrison memorabilia is being sold by a private collector from Salisbury in order to raise funds for retirement.

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John Lennon 's personal copy of the butcher Yesterday and Today, given to Beatles collector Dave Morrell (the story behind that gift can be read here) in 1971, sold at the annual Beatles Story auction (run by Julien's Auctions) in Liverpool on Thursday for £180,000 ($234,000).

Featuring a dedicated signature by John, dated 7 December 1971, Morrell later got Paul and Ringo to add their signatures, making it the only known copy signed by three Beatles.

Making it more unique, John had replaced the back cover with a drawing he called If:

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It becomes the third most expensive vinyl record ever, behind a copy of Elvis' first recording, My Happiness, which sold for £198,000 ($300,000) in 2015, around the same time as Ringo's 0000001 numbered White Album  became the world's most expensive second hand record when it sold for £525,000 ($790,000).

Among other items was a baseball signed at Candlestick Park in 1966, the last US show, made £57,600 ($75,000).

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According to The Sun today, friends of Meghan Markle have claimed the new Royal Baby has the middle name Harrison in tribute to her favourite Beatle.

Edmund [Fry] said: "My theory is she has a great fond feeling for George Harrison and that's where that name came from more so than the American actor.

"She loved the music very much so, because she's a great fan of The Beatles."

While I suppose it's possible it's true, when the name was announced, Archie Harrison, I did wonder how long it would be before an Editor saw the possibility of coming up with a Royals/Beatles story, and wondered if it would be The Sun, StarExpress or Mail that got there first...

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You know, I wondered about that as soon as I saw it, but I figured it would be too good to be true...

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I wonder if it isn't a bit of a pun. Prince Henry is known as Harry, Archie is Harry's son...

Seems just as likely to me as him being named after George.

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I wonder if it isn't a bit of a pun. Prince Henry is known as Harry, Archie is Harry's son...

Seems just as likely to me as him being named after George. 

Ahhh yes, that will most likely be it. Still, it's nice that he at least shares a name with a Beatle. mccartney-shrug_01_gif

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The Cavern Club, while very much a Beatles tribute, is still a working music venue, and has been named as the UK's top small music venue, beating Ronnie Scott's and the Jazz Cafe (both in London).

It has also been reported of the smaller venues that the Cavern is the most Instagrammed about and is the most highly rated venue on TripAdvisor.

I know @Ahhh Girl and I certainly enjoyed the times we have spent there, even though it's not the original.

The magic of John, Paul, George, Stuart, Pete and Ringo still seeps through the walls.

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I didn't manage to get into the Cavern when I visited Liverpool since there was a large queue, but a friend of mine has played in there with his band, which is pretty cool I guess 

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I didn't manage to get into the Cavern when I visited Liverpool since there was a large queue, but a friend of mine has played in there with his band, which is pretty cool I guess 

Yeah, sorta. Kinda. Not really. I guess.

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Probably the best reaction I've had to one of my posts a-hard-days-night-ringo-8It was about three years ago and I haven't seen him since beforehand, but it did look awesome mccartney-shrug_01_gif

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The Beatles revealed on Twitter today:

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The PPA are the Professional Publishers Association, and you can join in the vote here should you wish.

It is one of ten covers nominated.

You don't need to sign up or anything, you just press the cover and then press the vote option that comes up. Because it's UK, there may be a geographical bar but until someone outside the UK looks to vote I don't know...

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Worked for me

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I voted for the White Album john-lennon-salute_gif

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50yearslate and I  
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