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2003 - Page 7


Fab two say Love Me Do

Two Beatle fanatics who met at the world's largest fab four convention will be saying 'Love Me Do' when they marry in Liverpool in a wave of Beatlemania.

Fab two Paul Shedden and Gill Westbrook set to say 'I do' surrounded by Beatles fans Gill Westbrook, aged 47 and Paul Shedden, 29, of Orchard Road, Willenhall, are set to became the fab two when immediately after their nuptials on Monday they officially open a massive street festival outside the famous Cavern club.

The couple met at International Beatle Week, an annual event held in Liverpool, where hundreds of thousands of Beatles fans gather to listen to tribute bands.

Both have been avid fans of the group since they were children but say their eyes met over a crowded festival floor three years ago.

Miss Westbrook, a Wolves steward, said after a year of being friends they got together as a couple and Paul unconventionally proposed a couple of months later.

"It was originally through a text message but I told him if he felt the same way in 24 hours when he saw me he should ask me again. And he did," she said.

"It has been a great year. I saw Paul McCartney three times in concert, Wolves were promoted and we have a Liverpudlian manager and now this."


McCartney jams out on 'Red Square'

"First of all, I'd like to say that I'm truly, madly, deeply in love with my wife, Heather." Paul McCartney and his wife, Heather, watch a New York Yankees baseball game.

That's how Paul McCartney welcomed the intimate group of band members, friends and network executives who gathered Monday evening at the Ross School for a sneak preview of Paul McCartney in Red Square. Premiering Sept. 18 on A&E, the concert/documentary traces the former Beatle's first trip to the former Soviet Union last spring.

The McCartneys, who expect their first child in four months, greeted guests — among them young children and babies in strollers — arm in arm. The slim but visibly pregnant Heather, 35, modeled a "really comfortable" lilac maternity dress.

Red Square showcases Paul's performance in Moscow, which the singer described at the screening as "the culmination" of his recent Back in the World tour. "I realized that the Beatles had once been banned in Russia, and called a bad influence on the youth," said the singer, 61.

The Fab Four's impact on that youth and its struggle for freedom is explored in interviews with scholars, artists and political figures, among them Russian defence minister and avid Beatles fan Sergei Ivanov.

Beatles Producer Hails Composer

Former Beatles producer Sir George Martin has paid fulsome tribute to Plymouth-born film score composer Ron Goodwin, who died earlier this year, describing him as "a brilliant musician". Sir George, the inspiration behind much of the Beatles' music, worked for many years with Mr Goodwin, and was a close friend.

He said: "Ron was a brilliant musician and a very dear man, and I shall always miss the sound of his laughter."


NU staff workin' like a dog on Beatles exhibit

You could say Northwestern University librarians have been spending a "Hard Day's Night" bringing the spirit of the Beatles alive.

Northwestern's Music Library is presenting, "The Beatles: A Musical History Tour," an exhibit that, for the first time, showcases Northwestern's entire collection of original Beatles artifacts.

Northwestern owns eight original, handwritten manuscripts of such songs as "Eleanor Rigby," "Yesterday" and "Good Day Sunshine."

The pieces are the very first versions of the Beatles hits that gained overwhelming popularity in the 1960s.

The exhibit also features a manuscript of "The Word," written and decorated in watercolor by Paul McCartney.

Many of the artifacts are simply pieces of notebook paper, but they are filled with the handwriting and doodles of John Lennon and McCartney. Some have different lyrics and even different titles from the songs eventually recorded by the Beatles.

The manuscripts were donated to Northwestern's library by composer and music historian John Cage in 1973. Cage came to know the Beatles early in their career, and he collected the manuscripts from the "Fab Four" for a collection of contemporary music called Notations.

Visitors also can explore an interactive multimedia presentation, complete with movie clips from the British band's performances on "The Ed Sullivan Show," "The Royal Variety Show," the Beatles' last concert, and scenes from Beatles' films "Help!" "Yellow Submarine" and "A Hard Day's Night."

The exhibit also features a plethora of other Beatles paraphernalia, including an envelope signed by all four of the Beatles, an unused Beatles concert ticket from 1964 and letters from Yoko Ono to John Lennon before they were married.

The exhibit also contains Beatles records in their original condition, posters, songbooks, photographs and books chronicling the history of the Beatles.


Rare Beatles Photo Auctioned

An auctioned photo taken of the Beatles in 1965, apparently the day the Beatles were told they were to receive MBE's, is receiving huge interest and has passed the £9000 bid mark.

The photo was taken by Hungarian photographer Michael Peto, who was given access to the band on the set of their film 'Help!' and had been pretty much undiscovered until last year.

The photo in question is one of a set of 400 photographs of the group - all part of a huge archive of around 130,000 that was donated to the University of Dundee by Peto's stepson, who is a former student.

The online auction site, www,ticrappeal.co.uk, will run until mid-day 26th September and will help raise funds for the Institute for Cardiovascular Research (TICR) at the University of Dundee's Medical School based at Ninewells hospital in Dundee.


31,000 log on to bid for Beatles photo

An unpublished photograph of the Beatles has attracted massive interest during its first day on offer in an internet sale.

The image captures the Fab Four relaxing on the set of their second film Help! in 1965 and is expected to fetch a five-figure sum.

The picture was part of a collection of pictures of the band taken by Hungarian photojournalist Michael Peto and bequeathed to the University of Dundee.

Nearly 31,000 people logged on to the bidding website when the photograph went on sale as part of a charity auction for medical research.

Bidding on website www.ticrappeal.co.uk will run from today until 26 September.


Solo Songwriter

I was puzzled by the clue "Lennon classic" in the Aug. 2 Quote-Acrostic and was surprised when it became evident that the intended answer was "Yesterday."

While it is true that the classic Beatles song is credited to "Lennon/McCartney," the work was actually written solely by Paul McCartney. John Lennon and McCartney agreed early in their careers to share songwriting credit on all compositions, regardless of their individual contributions. They did indeed collaborate on many of the songs, particularly in the group's early years, but "Yesterday," as Lennon acknowledged in a 1980 interview, was "Paul's song and Paul's baby."

In fact, McCartney, who not only wrote the song but was the only Beatle involved in its recording, recently, asked Yoko Ono if the songwriting credit on "Yesterday" could be switched officially to "McCartney/Lennon," undoubtedly to help prevent misunderstandings such as the one that occurred in your Quote-Acrostic.

As of this writing, Lennon's widow has refused to grant McCartney's request.


Paul Filed Lawsuit To Retrieve Stolen Beatles Lyrics

The legal news website, smokinggun.com, has archived what are reportedly the 1998 documents covering Paul McCartney's attempt to recover original handwritten lyrics for the Beatles' classic song, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."

According to the website, "Paul claims that the original handwritten lyrics to the Beatles's classic 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' were stolen from his London home 30 years ago. So, when New York memorabilia dealer Gary Zimet recently offered to sell McCartney the lyric sheet for $550,000, the musician headed for court. Paul filed a lawsuit against Zimet, who claims he was only acting as a broker for another collector who has the lyrics.

As a result of the New York State Supreme Court action, Zimet has reportedly given McCartney's attorney, Alan Friedman, the name of the other collector. Presumably, that unnamed party will now be pursued in court by Paul."

Zimet is the same man who caused an uproar for trying to sell the copy of the album that John Lennon signed for Mark David Chapman just hours before Chapman assassinated Lennon.

All the court documents, including an affidavit from Paul himself and a copy of the stolen handwritten "Sgt. Pepper" lyrics, can be found in the archive at thesmokinggun.com.


New disc honors Beatles' music

Love for the Beatles' music runs deep through the music world.

Producer Tom Vickers decided to combine his respect for the Fab Four and the soul world for the new Vanguard Records disc "Soul Tribute to the Beatles."

He's collected Beatles songs covered by Wilson Pickett, Fats Domino, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Natalie Cole and way more.


They’re a Fab Four - Caverns are just like the Beatles

Tribute bands are not just about looking and sounding like their famous counterparts but capturing the essence and spirit of the band, so say the Cavern Beatles.

And The Beatles’ former press officer, Tony Barrow, agrees. He said: “They have studied the mannerisms, gestures and expressions of their superstar subjects and they are accomplished singers and instrumentalists who manage to capture the musical feel of the original Fab Four.

The first half of the show at the Ashcroft Theatre is dedicated to the period before the Beatles invaded the USA for the first time and the second concentrates on material from 1967 to 1970.

Please Please Me, From Me to You, She Loves You, Twist and Shout and many more. A must see for any fans of those loveable Scousers.

The Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, August 19, 7.45pm, £12.50/£10.50, conc, 020 8603 3931.


Beatles Sacred Fruit

Apple Computers could be gearing up for a fight with The Beatles' Apple Records label if the computer company continues making moves in the music industry.

Apple caused a stir with the launch of their iTunes music download service, forcing the music industry to sit up and pay attention to the potential of digital music sales.

Now they are making noises about diversifying into other areas of the music industry and it has even been suggested that the company has its sights set on buying the Universal Music Group.

However, Apple has already run into trouble with its namesake, The Beatles' Apple Records, when they breached a 1981 agreement with the label in which they consented never to take an interest in the music business.

Steve Jobs' Apple Computers was forced to pay out $26 million simply because they began producing music files and associated software.

FoxNews reports that Apple is now having meetings with the Apple Corp. Company that controls Apple Records with regard to their continuing ambitions for the iPod and iTunes line of their business.

The Beatles are sure to put up a fight, as they are notoriously wary of assigning the rights to their music to compilations and new technologies and fiercely litigious.


Fab Four record may fetch £1000

A signed Beatles record which has been sitting hidden in a cupboard for years will be auctioned in Birmingham next month and is expected to sell for £1,000.

The cover of the copy of the single All My Loving features the signatures of all four of the Fab Four and will be up for sale at a toy and juvenalia sale at Biddle & Webb’s Ladywood Middleway saleroom on September 19.

Local builder Richard Cotrill took a number of Beatles singles to a recent valuation day at the auctioneers after retrieving them from his mother’s cupboard and the rare signed single was among them.

Toy specialist at Biddle & Webb Tristan Pritchard said: “Few singles like these manage to fetch more than £20. However, the signed copy could fetch as much as £1,000. We do see a lot of old records but hardly ever are they signed by such cultural icons.”

Mr Cotrill is not the only one to have recently discovered valuable Beatles memorabilia.

Mick Longworth, from Doncaster, is planning to auction a dusty old hotel register signed by all the Beatles for at least £30,000.

Mr Pritchard said: “The hotel register is worth a lot more than Mr Cotrill’s single because records are controlled by the record companies, whereas if the Beatles sign something they didn’t release it is as if they stamped their life on to it.”

The death of George Harrison 18 months ago had led to the value of the signed record increasing from about £800 to £1,000, he added.

“The record could actually exceed our expectations”, Mr Pritchard said.


Brian Epstein's biopic coming, thanks to Law

Hey, Jude, whatever happened to that big screen biopic of Beatles manager Brian Epstein that was announced two years ago?

It's on--yeah, yeah, yeah.

Jude Law will star and produce "Tomorrow Never Knows" about the legendary Beatles manager. "I'm two-thirds done with the script," says writer Todd Graff, who will also direct the film. He says the movie will bring to light "one of the unsung heroes in the music business." Graff cautions, "It's not a Beatles biography, however. It's Brian's movie."

Who was Epstein? "He was a dark figure," Graff says. "Brilliant, but very troubled." The film also was in trouble until Law signed on. "You needed a bankable movie star for this project," Graff admits. "This script got very lucky when Jude turned this into his passion."

How into Beatles memorabilia is Law? "Jude is obsessed with Brian. He bought Brian's childhood diaries," he says.

Who will play the Beatles?" I think you need unknowns to play Ringo, Paul, John and George. You just can't have famous people in the roles or it looks like an impersonation. Believe me, we have a clever way to deal with it. But I think it demands unknowns or you'll see a famous face and they will pull you right out of the movie."


White Album II

Local Beatles project makes a comeback.
The wildly successful Beatles’ White Album project that took place in May is happening again. The eight-member WHITE ALBUM ENSEMBLE, consisting of the some of the finest musicians in Santa Cruz County, will again play the entire 1968 Beatles’ classic album from beginning to end, this time at the Henry B. Mello Center for the Performing Arts in Watsonville.

The dates for the new shows are Sept. 26 and 27. Tickets will go on sale Aug. 15. Like the last gig, this one is a benefit for area schools and Guitars Not Guns.


Boost for Beatles Collection

Rock legend 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 the former Beatle'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."


Private Lennon film fetches $54,000

Private film footage of a day in the life of John Lennon has sold for $53,775 (£33,235) at auction in New York. The two reels of film, shot by a student who met the former Beatle on a New York street in 1974, was expected to fetch up to $50,000.

Sold to an anonymous bidder, they were the most expensive of several Lennon items sold at Christie's auction house on Friday.

His written lyrics to the 1964 Beatles song If You've Got Trouble and a 1971 letter went for $38,240 (£23,600) each.

The rare objects were part of an memorabilia sale that raised more than $470,000 (£290,000) in total.

The Lennon film showed the musician getting up to various antics, including imitating baboons to entertain children and taking over an ice-cream van.

It has never been seen in full by the public, but a few clips have been used in documentaries.

The film student asked John if he could star in her film for the day when she met him. John is also seen dancing across benches, playing a bandstand organ, feeding monkeys and performing magic tricks.

The musician was filmed for 12 hours but the 16mm reels were edited down to 45 minutes. Christie's film specialist Margaret Barrett said the film was amazing.

"There are no copies of it and John Lennon himself never got a copy of the entire film. He watched it and selected pieces he liked, perhaps for a song video."

Lennon's pocket watch, with an estimated value of $2,300 (£1,420), sold for $31,070 (£19,200) at the auction.


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