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29 November 2021
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In among all the GB excitement no doubt, seems we missed the Grammy nominations on 23 November.

Paul received two nominations: Best Rock Song (category 14 on the Grammy listing) for Find My Way, while McCartney III  gets the nod for Best Rock Album (category 15).

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Tony Japanese said
George Harrison ‘s childhood home – 25 Upton Green, Speke is up for auction.

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It sold to an American Beatles fan for £171,000. A reasonable amount above the £113,325 average for the area at a time prices there are falling, with a 1.36% decrease since August. Let’s hope they have plans for it beyond getting a tenant.

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The Beatles Bible 2020 non-Canon Poll Part One: 1958-1963 and Part Two: 1964-August 1966

6 December 2021
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News on release of Mal Evans’ diaries in 2023 – and story from the rooftop

 

Let him be: how McCartney saved roadie from arrest after Beatles final concert (msn.com)

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I cant recall ever seeing any comment or even the name of the policemen on the rooftop before.

 

Cop who stopped The Beatles’ last ever gig on roof of Apple HQ ‘has no regrets’

 

The former policeman who halted The Beatles’ final live performance does not regret his actions.

 

PC Ray Dagg was just 19 when he was sent to Apple HQ in London to stop the roof-top gig in 1969.

 

He threatened to arrest the band if they did not halt the performance after complaints – and the Fab Four never performed live as a group again.

 

Now the focus has fallen on Ray in the new Peter Jackson series Get Back .

 

It draws from material captured for Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s 1970 documentary Let It Be , including the historic gig.

 

Ray, now 72, said: “It was just work, and it’s blown up into all this. I didn’t know they’d never play together again.

 

“At least there’s something on a film somewhere that will forever show that PC Ray Dagg shut down the Beatles. If that’s my lasting image of life, that’s not bad.”

 

Ray’s moment of fame is captured in Jackson’s Disney+ documentary of the band working on Let It Be , their last studio album.

 

He was sent with PC Ray Shayler to stop the gig on Savile Row, which had caused traffic chaos.

 

Ray recalled spotting a microphone hidden in a flowerpot and explained: “I said to Shayler we had better be on our best behaviour because we’re being filmed.”

 

The officers eventually got onto the roof, where Paul McCartney could be seen grinning as he spotted them.

 

Ray told the band’s manager they would be arrested unless they stopped but he could not have acted as they were on private property, saying: “Well, I was running a bluff on it.”

 

But would he have followed through with his threat?

 

He replied: “At 19, I was pretty gung-ho and I think I probably might have and taken the flak afterwards for wrongful arrest.”

 

Ray, not a Beatles fan, was offered £3,000 by the film-makers but could not accept the cash, though he added: “If I knew then what I know now, I’d have resigned and taken the money.”

 

Dagg quit the police in 1975 and had a successful career in sales.

 

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^

Dagg quit the police in 1975 and had a successful career in sales.

And so I quit the police department
And got myself a steady job

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Music Rising is a charity originally set up by U2 guitarist The Edge and producer Bob Ezrin in 2005 to support musicians in the Gulf Coast region of the US in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. They have recently held a couple of auctions of guitars donated by musicians to support Gulf Coast musicians hit by Covid.

Among those donated instruments auctioned at the most recent auction, “Guitar Icons: A Musical Instrument Auction to Benefit Music Rising”, held at Van Eaton Galleries in Los Angeles on 11 December, was Paul’s 1979 Yamaha BB-1200 bass guitar (mainly used live and in the studio from the late-70s through the 80s, when his Hofner came out of retirement):

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The auction catalogue set the opening bid at $20,000:

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It eventually sold for $496,100 (£374,905), making it the most expensive bass guitar ever sold at auction, breaking the previous record of $384,000 (£290,190) made by Bill Wyman’s 1969 Fender Mustang bass last year.

Though it’ll never happen, does make you wonder what Paul’s Hofner or Rickenbacker 4001S would get if ever auctioned.

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On 5 April 1963 The Beatles were presented with their first silver disc for sales of 250,000 of the Please Please Me  single at EMI House:

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They also gave a private performance for EMI executives:

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The Daily Beatle reports that previously unknown recordings of the then unreleased From Me To You  and Please Please Me  from that performance have appeared on the interweb.

Can’t link to them directly here because the link contains a download link, but if you go to the DB article, the link included in tweet from Mark R. Jones takes you to this newly discovered recording.

Shows how there’s still unknown things out there just being discovered 50/60 years later.

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The performance is currently on Youtube, no idea how long for tho. It’s great to hear the Beatles so relaxed in full PR mode agreeing to pictures.

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I think it’s incredible how such recordings are appearing; was this performance being recorded even known about before it surfaced? Imagine sitting on this for decades and only letting a select few hear it; imagine what else is out there sitting in people’s vaults.

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