Sunday, 15 January 2017


The Cavern Club, the legendary venue famed for hosting the Beatles in their early days, first opened its doors to the public 60 years ago today.
After opening as a jazz venue on 16 January 1957,  it didn’t take long before the Cavern Club had established itself as the centre of Liverpool’s rock and roll scene.
The club regularly hosted the Beatles in the band’s early days
The club regularly hosted the Beatles in the band’s early days
After opening as a jazz venue in 1957, the club eventually made a name for itself as a rock and roll hub
After opening as a jazz venue in 1957, the club eventually made a name for itself as a rock and roll hub

And on the venue’s 60th anniversary, a series of stunning photos reveal how wild nights at the Cavern really were.
One incredible shot shows a loved up young couple enjoying the moment as they dance their way through the night.
Other photos show huge queues of excited customers waiting to get into the legendary venue, whilst one incredible snap features the Beatles midway through an early performance.
The club hosted the Beatles for the first time in 1961, before Beatlemania had really taken off
The club hosted the Beatles for the first time in 1961, before Beatlemania had really taken off
This shot, captured in 1963, shows Britain’s most famous boy band in their early days
This shot, captured in 1963, shows Britain’s most famous boy band in their early days
Found in a cellar beneath the ground, the venue was one of Britain’s most distinctive clubs, and remains a must-see attraction.
In its day, acts as famous and as varied as Queen, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Elton John and The Who graced the aptly-named Cavern Club’s stage.

Despite the original Cavern Club closing in 1973, the venue was rebuilt and reopened just over a decade later, and still bears the club’s famous name.
And the club’s legacy certainly endures today, since many credit the roaring success of venues such as the Cavern Club with attracting big-name record producers to the north – and away from their traditional London stomping grounds.
Punters would queue down the stairs for a chance to make it in to the trendy venue

Punters would queue down the stairs for a chance to make it in to the trendy venue
This incredible shot shows merry revellers lining the streets above the lively club
This incredible shot shows merry revellers lining the streets above the lively club

Friday, 13 January 2017


Jimi Hendrix's Guitar, Bono's famous black jacket, and Bill Clinton's saxophone. These are just some of the items that can be found at the Newseum's latest exhibit, "Louder Than Words: Rock, Power, and Politics."
"These are the things that make Baby Boomers all tingly and excited," said Patty Rhule, a senior manager at the Newseum.
"We have John Lennon's electric guitar," said Rhule. "The Beatles weren't particularly political early on in their careers. But in the late-1960's they decided they needed to make a statement. So with their album, Revolution, they started making a statement about the Vietnam War. And this is the electric guitar that John Lennon played."

Rhule said that this activism in music has been a constant thread through history. She said often artists have had great influence over the population, on issues like civil rights, and anti-war.
"I think music is really," she said. "Has the power to change minds in a way that someone just talking at an issue doesn't have. Music has a way of lifting an issue to a higher level."
The exhibit will now be open until July 31, 2017.


Friends and family gathered to pay their respects to the man credited with discovering the Beatles and who became the band's first manager.
Allan Williams, who worked with the Beatles from 1960 to 1961, died in December aged 86.
He arranged the band's breakthrough residency in Hamburg, where their future development was shaped, but parted company with them a year later.
His funeral was held at Liverpool Parish Church earlier.

John Keats, from Liverpool's Cavern Club, said he was "a huge part of the [Beatles] story."
"It was Allan that took them to Hamburg and in terms of the Beatles story, that's incredibly important... it's in Germany playing all those long sessions that they really got their stage set together and became a group."

"It's a huge loss but you've got to celebrate the fact that Allan was such a character," he said.

Born in Bootle, Williams was the original owner of Liverpool's Jacaranda Club, which opened in 1957 as a coffee bar, where he let the band play.
He then helped to secure them gigs in Britain and personally drove the van to take the Beatles to Hamburg in 1960.
Williams parted company with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe in 1961.
The following January, the band - minus Sutcliffe - signed a five-year contract with Brian Epstein.
Williams later co-wrote a memoir called Allan Williams: The Man Who Gave The Beatles Away.


There were five years between the release of George Harrison’s 1982 album, Gone Troppo, and Cloud Nine his album that was released in the first week of November 1987. Cloud Nine was co-produced with ELO’s Jeff Lynne – who also co-wrote three of the tracks – and is a serious return to form, including as it does, ‘Got My Mind Set On You’ that became George’s third No.1 single in the US; it reached #2 in the UK.

‘Got My Mind Set On You’it was originally released by James Ray. His original recording of the Rudy Clark composition came out on the Dynamic Sound label in 1962. The song became George’s first No.1 for 15 years, but stalled at No.2 in the UK, spending 4 weeks kept from No.1 by T’Pau’s ‘China In Your Hand’.
George’s version of ‘Got My Mind Set On You’ was the closing track on Cloud Nine, his eleventh solo album that was released a week after the single. George had begun recording the album in January 1987 and, along with Jeff Lynne, it features many of the former Beatle’s friends, most of whom had played on some of George’s earlier albums.
There’s Eric Clapton on the title track, as well as ‘That's What It Takes’, ‘Devil's Radio’ and ‘Wreck of the Hesperus’. Elton John plays piano on the latter two tracks, as well as ‘Cloud Nine’. Gary Wright, who had been in Spooky Tooth, and had a very successful solo career in America, plays piano on ‘Just For Today’ and ‘When We Was Fab’, as well as co-writing, ‘That's What It Takes’ with George and Jeff Lynne. Drummers include Ringo Starr and another of Harrison’s long-time friends, Jim Keltner, along with Ray Cooper helping out on percussion.

The other big hit single from the album was ‘When We Was Fab’, a song title that when said with a Liverpudlian accent can only be referring to one thing; for that matter said with any accent it can only ever be referring to The Beatles.
It’s a perfect evocation of those heady days of Beatlemania when those loveable Mop-Tops, the Fab Four, ruled the world and we all thought they would go on forever. George co-wrote the song with Jeff Lynne, shortly before the two of them formed The Traveling Wilburys with Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and Roy Orbison.
According to George, "...until I finalized the lyric on it, it was always called 'Aussie Fab'. That was it's working title. I hadn't figured out what the song was going to say ... what the lyrics would be about, but I knew it was definitely a Fab song. It was based on the Fabs, and as it was done up in Australia there, up in Queensland, then that's what we called it. As we developed the lyrics, it became 'When We Was Fab'. It's a difficult one to do live because of all the all the little overdubs and all the cellos and the weird noises and the backing voices."
Not for one minute should anyone think Cloud Nine is an album of just two hits and a bunch of filler; the quality of the songs is great throughout. Standouts include, ‘Someplace Else’, which could easily have come from All Things Must Pass; the same of which could be said of ‘Just For Today’ a beautiful song that is made even more so by an exquisite, trademark, Harrison slide guitar solo.
Credit is due to Jeff Lynne for his production skills. Lynne had been, so obviously, inspired by the Beatles during his time with Electric Light Orchestra – just as Take That were inspired by ELO on their ‘comeback’ album, Beautiful World. It’s part of what makes music so affecting; how generations of musicians pass on to the next, things that will continue to make us feel better about the world in which we live.
Cloud Nine made the top 10 in America, Britain, Australia, Canada, Norway and Sweden. The cover of the album features the first American-made guitar that George owned, a 1957 Gretsch 6128 “Duo Jet” that he bought in Liverpool in 1961; Harrison called it his "old black Gretsch". He had given it to his long-time friend, Klaus Voormann who kept it for 20 years, having left it in Los Angeles where it had been modified; George asked for its return, had it restored and used it for the cover shoot for both the album and single (photographed by Gered Mankowitz).
On the reissued album are some bonus tracks, including ‘Zig Zag’, the b-side of ‘When We Was Fab’ that was written by George and Jeff Lynne for the film Shanghai Surprise. Also included is the title track from the film that features Vicki Brown on vocals, with George. Vicki, formerly, Haseman was originally one of The Vernons Girls, a Liverpool group that had been friends of the Beatles; she later married English singer and guitarist, Joe Brown - another dear (and local) friend of George’s. Vicki tragically passed away in 1990 from breast cancer.
Cloud Nine It’s an album that no one but George could have made. Thoughtful, musical, humorous and fab.

Thursday, 12 January 2017


Developer Caro Developments is celebrating after selling all units at its Parker Street scheme in Liverpool off plan.
The effort to breathe new life into Reece’s Ballroom, known as the venue of John Lennon’s first wedding, saw building firm Nobles Construction convert the site’s upper floors and rooftop into modern city centre apartments.

Once complete, the Parker Street scheme will deliver 91 studio and one-bedroom apartments.
Work is now well underway, with contractors currently strengthening the steelwork in preparation for extending the Clayton Square-based property from five to seven storeys.
The project is designed by Liverpool architects Falconer Chester Hall.
Caro Developments’ operations director, Lee Darwen, said: “Just 12 months from our acquisition of the site we are thrilled to announce that the response to the Parker Street Residences has been huge with all units now sold.

“It’s an exciting time for Liverpool’s Clayton Square area which has seen a lot of investment and improvements in the past year. The apartments are a great addition to the ongoing investment in the area.“
He continued: “Overseas interest has been key to the overwhelming success of Parker Street, with lots of interest coming from both Europe and further afield. In the wake of Brexit, it is more than encouraging to see that there is still a lot of faith and interest in Liverpool’s residential offering.“
The Clayton Square area of Liverpool city centre has undergone significant improvements in recent years, including the £2.5m refurb of St Johns Market and the council’s £3.5m upgrade of surrounding public realm.

 source:Bdaily, UK


Sean Lennon with Stella at the launch of her new line in New York, on Tuesday

Beatles babies: Sean Lennon made sure he was on hand to lend some support to pal and fellow Beatles baby Stella McCartney at the launch of her new line in New York, on Tuesday 

Sean Lennon with Stella at the launch of her new line in New York, on Tuesday
Sean supported Stella McCartney at the launch of her new clothing line.
Stellla and Sean were all smiles as they cosied up at the event, held at New York's Cotton Club on Tuesday to celebrate the launch of Stella's Fall 2017 line.Stella, 45, and Sean, 41, are firm friends - as they were seen cosying up for snaps at the bash.
Beatnik-chic: Sean (pictured with girlfriend Kemp Muhl) cut a distinctive figure upon arrival, dressed in a long charcoal great coat, jeans and boots which he teamed with a jaunty fedora
Sean pictured with girlfriend Kemp Muhl.
Sean cut a distinctive figure upon arrival, dressed in a long charcoal great coat, jeans and boots. Keeping his long dark hair under control,he wore a wide-brimmed fedora on his head.
Fashionista: The woman of the moment, Stella - who is Sir Paul's youngest daughter from his marriage to first wife Linda - looked nothing less-than chic and stylish in  a fringed number

More famous friends: Other notable guests at the event included Hollywood A-Listers Naomi Watts and Julianne Moore
Stella with Naomi Watts and Julianne Moore

Cute couple: Sean was also in good company on the night, as the producer and musician was accompanied by his stunning girlfriend, Kemp Muhl, 29



The artist who created posters for The Beatles in Liverpool in the early 1960s has died aged 83.

Tony Booth, from Moreton, Wirral, made the iconic signs for the Fab Four and other Merseybeat bands in the 1960s.
He died on Wednesday at Wirral's Arrowe Park Hospital after a battle with cancer, his son Lee Booth said.
In recent years, Mr Booth made replicas of the posters for fans and had written a book about them which his son hopes will be "part of his legacy".

Mr Booth was hired by Beatles manager Brian Epstein and started off making "a few posters and show cards for his shops" before moving on to hand-painted concert posters.
In the days before the internet, the posters were the main way of telling fans of upcoming gigs.

Though few of the originals survived, one from 1962 advertising a night with Little Richard and The Beatles in The Tower Ballroom in New Brighton was uncovered during the refurbishment of Bidston train station in 2013.
It is now displayed in the Merseybeat room of The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool's Albert Dock.
In August last year, Mr Booth staged his first exhibition at View Two Gallery on Mathew Street after reproducing 40 of his favourite posters with the same materials he used more than 50 years ago.
One of Mr Booth's last projects was to produce posters for The Cavern club's 60th anniversary celebrations this weekend, which his son said was fitting as "one of the earliest posters" had been for its opening.
"He started his career with The Cavern club and finished his career with The Cavern club", he said.
"I've had posters around me all my life, they're part of Liverpool's history".


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