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TV Museum to Screen Rare Beatles Footage

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Beatles' first appearance on American TV, the Museum of Television & Radio in New York and Los Angeles will present an exclusive exhibit on the group, running Feb. 6 through April 30, 2004.

"Revolution: The Beatles on Television," will include Beatles music videos and TV appearances before and after the breakup of the band. There will also be screenings of Albert and David Maysles' documentary "What's Happening! The Beatles in the U.S.A.," also known as "The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit."

The Beatles made their maiden U.S. TV appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on Feb. 9, 1964. The broadcast drew an estimated 73 million viewers and remains one of the highest-rated programs in U.S. TV history.


Concert for George to be Given Theatrical and DVD Release

This from The Official George Harrison Website - message from Oliva Harrison

Dear Friends,

Hello from London. Thanks to everyone for your support and kind thoughts over the last 18 months. George left Dhani and I lots of work to do and carrying out his wishes has been a challenging but rewarding experience for us all.

This November we look forward to a worldwide limited theatrical release of The Concert for George (which took place on November 29, 2002 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, under the musical direction of Eric Clapton). It was an indescribable evening and was captured beautifully on film. You will be able to pre-book cinema tickets online sometime in October. The 2-disk DVD will then be available at the end of November. It will consist of the entire concert on Disk 1. Disk 2 is the theatrical version with interviews and additional mini-features of the rehearsals, etc. and an extended version of the concert brochure.

I may be prejudice (sic) but, in my opinion, The Concert For George is a classic performance as well as a historical musical document. The first half of the show was Ravi Shankar's composition, a musical offering named "Arpan," conducted by Anoushka Shankar. Each movement is about George, either in mood or in the homage paid to him. The orchestra consisted of musicians, some who were George's friends, playing George's favourite instruments. There is no one but the Maestro Ravi Shankar who could compose, arrange and perform in a place like this. I don't think we will see anything like it for a long time, if ever.

The Western band performed George's songs as beautifully as they will be played and the sentiment behind them is evident. Eric Clapton's guitar playing was off the scales, and Paul Mac, Ringo, Jeff Lynne and Tom and the Heartbreakers played not only like the great performers they are, but also the true friends they were and always will be to George.

Whew ... we are also finishing up the re-mastering of George's Dark Horse Catalogue (which he was working on in 2001). They will be available (individually and in a special boxset) early next year with previously unreleased material.

There are more projects in the works with Dark Horse Records and Apple as well. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Until then, best to you and God Bless us all.

Olivia Harrison

31.07.03


Police Still Not Ready To Present Case Against Spector

Police probably won't present their case next week against legendary music producer Phil Spector in the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson.

According to the case's lead investigator, Dan Rosenberg, Los Angeles sheriff's detectives are still waiting to get test results back from the crime lab.

If the police aren't ready to present their case Aug. 5, Spector's bail is likely to be extended for another month while the investigation continues.

Spector, 62, was arrested the morning of Feb. 3 in his suburban Los Angeles mansion after his limousine driver reported to the police that he heard gunfire coming from within the mansion.

Clarkson's body was found in the home's foyer.

Spector, 63, has not been charged with a crime and is free on $1 million bail.

The Los Angeles District Attorney's Office has said it cannot decide whether to file charges against Spector until detectives bring them a case.

Spector broke his silence about the case with an interview with Esquire magazine in June, saying Clarkson committed suicide. Spector told the magazine that she "kissed the gun" before shooting herself.

Investigators, however, have discounted suicide as the cause of Clarkson's death.

Clarkson, who was 40, starred mostly in B-movie projects for the likes of producer Roger Corman.

Spector is credited with creating the revolutionary "Wall of Sound" in the 1960s, a multilayered recording technique that produced hits for such groups as the Ronettes and the Righteous Brothers.

He also worked with the Beatles, and individually, with the George Harrison and John Lennon.

30.07.03


“Fifth Beatle” mementos flop at auction

Letters, photos and other personal items documenting the life of the little-known “fifth Beatle” Stuart Sutcliffe found few buyers Tuesday when they went under the hammer in London.

Edinburgh-born Sutcliffe, a bassist credited with inventing the band's name and distinctive mop-top look, died of a brain haemorrhage in 1962, before the Beatles hit the big time. He was just 21.

His sister Pauline had been guarding numerous pieces for the past 40 years, and finally decided to put 100 of them up for sale.

But many of the lots auctioned at Bonhams in London did not sell, and others went for less than the list price, a spokeswoman for the auction house told AFP.

Sutcliffe's birth certificate, his geography exercise books, his high school diploma and a poem entitled “Deserted Heart” all failed to find buyers.

A sketch book for admission to art school in Liverpool fared better, reaching the low end of its estimate by selling for 3,525 pounds (€4,970, $5,735).

30.07.03


Paul McCartney takes aim at Colonel Sanders over chicken cruelty

Sir Paul McCartney fired a salvo for chicken rights, accusing fast food giant KFC of condoning cruelty to the birds that end up as take-away meals.

The vegetarian former Beatle published an open letter to the president of the company that the jovial Colonel Sanders made famous, calling on KFC to heed animal rights activists' appeals for it to reduce cruelty to the birds.

"If KFC paid for dogs or cats to be treated the way these unfortunate chickens are treated, they could be charged with cruelty to animals," he said in the letter to KFC chief executive David Novak in the Louisville Courier-Journal, the local paper in KFC's home town in the state of Kentucky.

"These remarkable animals are deserving of at least a little kindness," he said in the letter written on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which this month sued KFC for allegedly disguising "grotesque abuses inflicted upon chickens by suppliers" in its online advertising.

Paul called on KFC and its parent company Yum! Brands to implement an eight-point PETA plan aimed at improving the treatment of the poultry that he said would "end the most egregious forms of abuse" endured by the birds.

"For example, I would like to see KFC stop allowing chickens to be bred and drugged so that they become so heavy that they cripple under their own weight," the singer wrote.

In addition, he asked Novak to see that suppliers improve their methods of slaughter to eradicate the birds being scalded to death in feather removal tanks and to phase out electric stunning and burning the beaks of birds.

Paul's public appeal comes after PETA sued KFC and Yum! Brands in Los Angeles over their allegedly deceptive advertising claims over the way their suppliers treat chickens.

"KFC has said from the outset that they will not allow the animals to feel any pain, (but) in fact every moment of these animals' lives is characterized by unmitigated misery," PETA's Bruce Friedrich said earlier.

The animal rights group has also claimed victory in its campaigns against other US fast food outlets aimed at stopping cruelty to animals, including McDonalds, Burger King, and Wendys.

23.06.03


Ex-Beatles' Sister Says Lennon Killed Her Brother

The sister of one-time Beatles bassist Stuart Sutcliffe (news) is claiming that John Lennon was responsible for her brother's death. Sutcliffe joined the Beatles in January 1960 at Lennon's urging and left the group near the end of that year to live in Hamburg, Germany, and concentrate on an art career. Sutcliffe died from a brain hemorrhage on April 10, 1962, and his sister Pauline Sutcliffe says it was Lennon's kick to her brother's head that ultimately caused his death, according to England's Independent newspaper.

Pauline Sutcliffe says Lennon attacked Stuart in the fall of 1961, and in her 2001 book the Beatles' Shadow: Stuart Sutcliffe & His Lonely Hearts Club, she wrote, "I believe that the cerebral hemorrhage that cost Stuart his life was caused by an injury inflicted by John in a jealous rage. A postmortem revealed Stuart had a dent in his skull, as though from a blow or kick. And a few months earlier, John had viciously kicked my brother in the head in a sustained, unprovoked attack."

However, a former collaborator disagrees with her. Alan Clayson, who with Sutcliffe worked on the story about the early Beatles days in Hamburg that became the film Backbeat, says she's now contradicting the work they did together. He told the Independent, "We concluded that Stuart wasn't beaten up by John Lennon (news)--his condition was brought on by an overuse of amphetamines."

Clayson added that Stuart Sutcliffe only had one major physical confrontation in his life, which happened in Liverpool in early 1961, and that Lennon actually jumped in to help his old friend.

Pauline Sutcliffe's charges are being given new exposure thanks to an auction of her brother's memorabilia which is taking place in London on July 29. It includes a sketchbook that dates back to October 1961--after the fight with Lennon supposedly took place--which features indications of Stuart Sutcliffe's deteriorating mental condition, which Pauline Sutcliffe attributes to a kick in the head from Lennon.

The pages of the book includes words like "the bloody brain," "torment," "shout," and "explode," which are barely legible. There's also some disturbing imagery, including Sutcliffe's "dissection" of his own brain, as he tries to understand what's happening to him, as well as what he expects his doctors to do for him once his condition is diagnosed.

The other sketchbooks included in the auction show Stuart Sutcliffe to be a talented artist and poet, which Pauline Sutcliffe says bolsters her case.

The auction, at the Bonhams location in Knightsbridge, also includes Sutcliffe's birth certificate, documents from his school days, poetry and song lyrics, photographs, and personal effects, cards, and letters. Bonhams estimates the auction will bring in between $64,000 and $83,000, but the Independent pegs the value at more than $1.6 million.

Sutcliffe is credited with moving the Beatles from their leather-jacket-and-greasy-hair look to the "mop-top" haircuts (which he himself wore) and suits.

15.07.03


Ringo to Host VIP Event at Radio City Music Hall

Ringo Starr will make a special appearance to help Benefit Humane USA. Humane USA's Benefit VIP Reception with Ringo Starr, will be held on Tuesday, July 29, 2003 at Radio City Music Hall, New York City, New York.

Humane USA's VIP Reception will be held in the historic Roxy Suite at Radio City Music Hall. This Private Cocktail Reception with Ringo Starr for 75 people will begin at 5:00 p.m. greeted and entertained by the beautiful dancers from Amira Mor entertainment and featuring delicious gourmet hors d'oeuvres and desserts presented by some of New York's renowned chefs including Floyd Cardoz of Tabla in Manhattan, Fortunato Nicotra at "Felidia", Louis Lanza: Josie's Restaurants, Chef Michel Nischan, Joy Pierson: "Candle CafŽ, and New Jersey's Laura Dardi of "La La Sweets" .

At 7:40 p.m. guests will proceed to VIP Orchestra seats to enjoy Ring's fabulous All-Starr Band in Concert that begins at 8:00pm. This will be an evening to enjoy and remember while helping animals.

Humane USA is a political action committee formed in 1999 by humane leaders to be the nonpartisan political arm of the animal protection movement. We support Democrats, Republicans, and Independents based on a single criterion: their support for animal protection. Humane USA is already a political force capable of winning major policy reforms to protect animals and is the only national organization with this goal. Our support comes from animal lovers throughout the country.

26.07.03


New Paul McCartney Exhibition Opens in Liverpool

An exhibition celebrating the solo career of Paul McCartney after the break-up of the Beatles will open in Liverpool on Saturday, organized by students from his former school.

"The Solo Years -- Paul McCartney" will be held at the Beatles Story museum in response to fans' demands.

The exhibition will focus both on McCartney's continuing musical success and his involvement with his former school, the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA), where he is leading patron.

"I was recently made very aware, in addition to everything that Paul has achieved in his career, of his influence on the new generation," said Jerry Goldman, Director of The Beatles Story.

The exhibition will include a video message from McCartney, telling the audience of his involvement with LIPA and what it means to him.

"It's great that my old school is now back in use helping the next generations," he says. "It's exciting that once again my home town will be the world's target for tomorrow's talent."

Morgan Large, a LIPA student and the chief designer, says the exhibition provides a map of McCartney's life with such landmarks as Forthlin Road, McCartney's family home, the Mull of Kintyre, the subject of a hit song, and Liverpool Cathedral where his Liverpool Oratorio was first performed.

22.07.03


Tony Blair's wife Sings The Beatles in China

Prime Minister Tony Blair had just endured a tough grilling from Chinese university students over the case for the war in Iraq when the request from one young student came in -- sing a song by the Beatles.

He got by with a little help from his wife.

The plea for some light entertainment came after a 45-minute question and answer session at Tsinghua University, and Blair, who was lead singer in a rock band called Ugly Rumours during his college days, wasted little time in deflecting it. Cherie Blair -- with some prodding -- sang a verse from the Fab Four classic about staying faithful in old age, "When I'm 64", as students surrounded the couple and clapped to the beat.

"I thought the atmosphere should be a little more warm," said a smiling Peng Linlin, 21, who popped the request as Blair was shaking hands before heading to the door. "I'm proud of it."

22.07.03


Beatles hits help charity

A Shepparton service club is ecstatic after a Beatles tribute concert yesterday raised more than $2000 for charity.

Goulburn Valley band Smac was joined by a number of other guest artists in an afternoon of playing Beatles hits at the Hotel Australia.

Those who attended were treated to about three hours of Beatle-mania, with the hotel's windows even blackened for the day to give a tavern-like atmosphere.

All the musicians donated their time for the gig, with all money raised going to the Shepparton Kiwanis Sunrisers Club.

The money will in turn be distributed to local charities.

14.07.03


Stu Sutcliffe Archive to go on Display in Liverpool

An important Beatles archive, bought with the help of lottery funding, is to go on public display for the first time.

The archive, which museum staff describe as one of pop culture's most significant collections, includes a guitar which used to belong to Stuart Sutcliffe, one of the original Beatles. It will be displayed at the Museum of Liverpool Life from next month.

The collection reveals an important snapshot of the band's early life. Sutcliffe was a member of the Beatles in the band's formative years, but left the group to study art and died of a brain haemorrhage when he was just 21.

The museum, helped by the heritage lottery fund, was bought from Sutcliffe's sister Pauline. The collection includes a charcoal self-portrait, letters, photographs and personal possessions. A chequebook reveals that he was paying hire purchase instalments for a guitar bought by John Lennon.

Key items from the archive will be displayed at the museum from August 21, which coincides with the Mathew Street Festival, the city's annual Beatles celebration.

Sutcliffe died in 1962 as the band was becoming established. A talented painter, he had won the Walker Gallery's John Moores prize for painting.

The archive includes letters to his mother after he moved to Hamburg to be near photographer Astrid Kirchherr. The couple were widely acknowledged as developing the Beatles' fashion sense and introducing their iconic mop-top hairstyles.

A photograph taken by Lennon shows Sutcliffe, Kirchherr and Cynthia Lennon relaxing on a beach.

Other photos show his flat in Hamburg, a photobooth shot of him kissing his girlfriend, and one of him with Lennon in the crowd of a Gene Vincent concert at Liverpool's Rialto ballroom.

David Fleming, the director of National Museums Liverpool, said: "The collection reveals insights into the early days of the world's most famous band. It is a tremendous coup for Liverpool to bring such fascinating material home."

The archive also includes a collection of illustrations Sutcliffe drew for his mother Millie to help her work as a teacher - showing how food travels from ships into shops and on to the breakfast table.

More poignantly, a report by his eminent painting tutor in Hamburg, Professor Eduardo Paolozzi, records his pupil's absences because of the headaches which precursed his death.

There is also a letter to his mother from Kirchherr after Sutcliffe's death in which she writes of how the other four Beatles were comforting her.

12.07.03


Exclusive - Yoko Ono Returns to Indica Art Gallery

Yoko Ono has made an emotional return to the site of her first meeting with John Lennon. She returned to the former Indica Art Gallery, now called the James Hyman Art Gallery on Sunday 6th July. She was welcomed by the owner, James Hyman, who told me that Yoko was delighted to be back in the building, which she hadn't been to since that first meeting with John.

The Indica Art Gallery was run by Barry Miles, Peter Asher and John Dunbar. Paul McCartney was an early beneftor of the Gallery as he was living in the same house as Peter Asher and dating Peter's sister Jane.

Paul who got John Lennon interested in the gallery and it was John who visited the gallery on November 9th 1966 to see an exhibition called 'Unfinished Paintings and Objects' by Yoko Ono. Although John and Yoko clicked straight away they didn't marry until 1969.

10.07.03


Boost for Beatles Collection

Sir Paul McCartney has given his seal of approval to a Doncaster hotel - for the second time.

For a signed copy of the star's latest album has been snapped up by the Regent Hotel to add to its huge collection of Beatles memorabilia.

And Paul’s autograph will now take pride of place alongside a signature he put in the hotel's guest book more than 40 years ago.

Hotel owner Mike Longworth successfully bid for a signed copy of Macca's Back In The World live tour album at a charity auction organised by BBC Radio Sheffield in aid of the Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice Appeal.

Now the CD, which was snapped up for an undisclosed sum, will go into the hotel's Abbey Road restaurant and bar - named in honour of the Fab Four who stopped at the Regent during a Beatles UK tour in 1963.

Mr Longworth said: "It is amazing to see the two signatures side by side - one from the beginning of his career and this one 40 years on. He is still at the top of the tree and the songs on the CD have stood the test of time."


Beatles top Merseyside music poll

The Beatles were unsurprisingly ranked Merseyside’s greatest musical export today in a poll of rock fans.

They voted the Fab Four’s double a-side Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane as the greatest single to come out of Liverpool in a poll of more than 4,000 listeners to UK station Virgin Radio.

The volume of support for the Beatles meant only a handful of votes separated many of the other tracks, with The La’s scraping into second place with their only hit, There She Goes.

Third place went to Echo And The Bunnymen for Killing Moon.

Virgin’s Pete & Geoff Breakfast Show is looking at the biggest bands from major UK cities with listeners able to vote for one single from each act.

Show host Pete Mitchell said: “Liverpool seems to provide a definitive artist for every era, each time pushing music and the boundaries of pop forward.

Top five:
1. The Beatles – Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane
2. The La’s – There She Goes
3. Echo and the Bunnymen – Killing Moon
4. Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Relax
5. Elvis Costello – Oliver’s Army


Ringo at WE Fest

Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band performed Sunday at WE Fest near Detroit Lakes. Billed as the largest country music festival in the Midwest, Starr was the closing act for the four-day gathering at the Soo Pass Ranch.

Beth Brzinski (left) and Jenny Edmonds, both of North St. Paul, and Joan Bense of Lindstrom played inflatable guitars to the music of Lee Ann Womack on Sunday at WE Fest in Detroit Lakes. The trio, dressed in same attire, added entertainment in the fan area of the annual country music festival.


Ringo and the All Starr to to begin US Tour

Ringo and the All Starr Band begin their US tour in Toronto later this month. The 2003 line up is: Ringo Starr, drums; John Waite, bass; Paul Carrack, keyboard; Sheila E., percussion; Colin Hay, guitar; Mark Rivera, sax.

The tour schedule is as follows: July 24: Casino Rama, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
July 25: Casino Rama, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
July 26: Darien Lake SixFlags Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, N.Y
July 27: Fleet Boston Pavilion, Boston, Mass.
July 29: Radio City Music Hall, New York, N.Y.
July 30: Easton, PA. State Theater
July 31: Mohecan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Ct.
Aug. 1: Bryant Park, corner of 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue, NYC. (Free)
Aug. 2: Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, N.J.
Aug. 3: PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, N.J.
Aug. 4: Westbury N.Y. Music Fair
Aug. 5: Westbury N.Y. Music Fair
Aug. 7: DTE Energy Music Theater, Detroit.
Aug. 8: Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Aug. 9: Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, Milwaukee, WI.
Aug. 12: Rosemont Theater, Chicago, Ill.
Aug. 13: Chastain Park, Atlanta, GA.
Aug 15: Gulfport Grand Casino, Gulfport, MS.
Aug 16: Manaffay Theater, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Aug 17: Mizner Amphitheater, Boca Raton, Fla.
Aug. 19: Alico Arena @ Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, Fla.
Aug. 21: Horseshoe Casino, Robinsville, MS.
Aug. 22: Riverfest Amphitheater, Little Rock, Ark.
Aug. 23: Next Stage @ Grand Prairie, Grand Prairie, Tex.
Aug. 25: Sandia Casino Ampitheater, Albuquerque, N.M.
Aug. 26: Amarillo Civic Center, Amarillo, Tex.
Aug. 27: Fillmore, Auditorium, Denver, Colo.
Aug. 29: Harrah's Lake Tahoe
Aug. 30: Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Aug. 31: Marymoor Park, Redmond, Wash.
Sept. 2: Britt Festival, Jacksonville, Ore.
Sept. 4: Garden Theater, Montalvo Center for the Arts, Saratoga, CA.
Sept. 5: Dodge Theater, Phoenix, Ariz.
Sept. 6: Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles
Sept. 7: Humphrey's, San Diego, Calif.

Ringo has a great new website at "http://www.ringostarr.com" Ringo regularly makes very enjoyable video updates on the site and it is will worth a visit.

Ringo was recently at the Chelsea Flower Show to open the octopus garden to show his support for the cause to conserve coral reefs.

The Hasmead octopus garden is a design concept aiming to simulate three marine environments - a coral garden, shallow reef and an eel garden.

Starr arrived wearing a grey kagoule and posing for pictures with his wife, Barbara Bach.

10.07.03


First New George Harrison Video for 15 Years Released

Any Road, one of the standout tracks from the acclaimed Brainwashed album, is out now. It was released on Monday 12th May.

The accompanying promo video includes previously unreleased footage that lovingly celebrates George's life. His humour and spirit are captured in the studio, in concert, casual shots and animated footage. "Any Road" is the first new George Harrison music video since "This is Love" from Cloud Nine in 1988.

Written by George Harrison, "Any Road" is produced by George, Jeff Lynne and Dhani Harrison. The track features George on slide and acoustic guitars and banjulele; Jeff Lynne on bass, piano and backing vocals; Dhani Harrison on electric guitar and backing vocals; and Jim Keltner on drums.

Critics worldwide have embraced the album. Time Out believe, 'Harrison has left his fans with plenty to be proud of.' and The Times see Brainwashed as '... a record that deserves to stand alongside his best solo work'. Mojo went on to say that '.. George Harrison book ended his solo years with his two best albums.'

The New York Times said, "The music is vintage Harrison: laid-back but by no means underpowered, with melodies tugged between major and minor keys, and lyrics that are filled with humorous wordplay but are also cuttingly direct. Harrison's trademark slide guitar shines through everywhere and is particularly fluid in the instrumental "Marwa Blues" and at the start of "Stuck Inside A Cloud." This is not a guitarist who retired to the garden."

George's new web site, http://www.georgeharrison.com , has also just been launched. The site contains daily news, a message board, an online shop, a busy media section which includes audio clips and video footage, plus George's Jukeboxwhich includes some of his all time favourite songs. Click on down, avoid getting Brainwashed and take a stroll through George's new online garden.

10.07.03


New Version of Imagine Recorded for Amnesty International

Children from Northern Ireland are featuring in a new recording of a John Lennon classic as part of a human rights education campaign. Yoko Ono has given Amnesty International the rights of Lennon's song Imagine until the end of 2004, and a new CD and video has been launched.

Imagine is one of Lennon's most famous songs, which he recorded in 1971, accompanied by a black and white video of him singing it at a white piano.

The new version features children from schools in Lisburn, County Antrim, and Belfast's Glen Road. Children from India, South Africa, Croatia and Tibet are also featured.

The Imagine campaign was inspired by Irish actor Gabriel Byrne after he heard children at a New York school singing it at his niece's graduation ceremony.

Lennon's widow agreed to give Amnesty the rights to the song because she felt the work of the human rights organisation "embodies the spirit of Imagine".

Patrick Corrigan, Amnesty International's programme director in Northern Ireland, is delighted.

"The Imagine campaign is a fantastic opportunity for Amnesty to share our vision of a world where human rights are protected and to ask people to imagine what it will take to ensure that the world really does live as one," he said.

10.07.03


Beatles Autographs Rocket in Value

Beatle fans have seen the value of autographed photos rocket by 153pc in the last five years.

Signed photos of the iconic band have topped an indexof the world's 100 most traded and wanted signatures.

A Beatles photo signed by Paul, John, George and Ringo has increased in value from £4,950 to £12,500 in the last five years, while their collective autograph, ranked joint second in the index, has jumped from £2,750 to £7,500.

Individual signatures of the four band members also make it into the top 100 list compiled by stamp dealers Stanley Gibbons - though John Lennon's name is £1,725 more valuable than his writing partner McCartney's.

The top performing signature in the last five years was George Harrison, whose death last year led to his autograph jumping from £175 to £1,250.

Stanley Gibbons director Paul Fraser said: "The Beatles get international coverage and therefore have a worldwide appeal. The first signature we ever sold was a Beatles album sleeve which went for £45. A signed Sergeant Pepper album sleeve, however, has recently sold for £40,000.

"George was seen as a quiet Beatle and didn't do a lot of signing in his later years. Now he has died the value of his autograph has shot up."

10.07.03


Rock hall to remember the quiet Beatle

There was something in the way he moved people. Now the late George Harrison could become the focus of the next big exhibition at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. An as-yet-untitled salute to the ex-Beatle is tentatively scheduled to open next year, chief curator Jim Henke said.

Harrison's widow, Olivia, has expressed interest in the project, although exhibit plans have not been finalized.

Harrison died in 2001 at the age of 58, after a long battle with cancer.

The rock hall has approached Harrison's estate about covering his years with the Fab Four and his solo career with a retrospective spread over several floors of the museum. Henke said he envisions a major installation along the lines of the rock hall's well-received John Lennon exhibition, which recently ended a two-year run.

Henke sees no harm in mounting another Beatles-related exhibit in such short order. "There always is interest in the Beatles," he said. Jann Wenner, vice chairman of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, broke the news about the Harrison exhibit at the rock hall induction ceremony Monday in New York City.

10.07.03

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