Monday, 29 August 2016


A demo of a song The Beatles wrote for Cilla Black has sold for £18,000 at an auction. The demo was recorded on June 3, 1964 and was given to Cilla, who recorded her version a week later and re-recorded it on June 29th. The re-recorded version hit #7 on the UK charts that summer. 

There was interest from buyers across the globe in the seven-inch Dick James demo disc, which feature a two-minute rendition of It’s For You.
The song was written and recorded on the tape by Paul and John- but it was written for Cilla Black, who had a top 10 hit with the track in 1964.
The lucky buyer was willing to shell out thousands of pounds for a recording that had not been released - which Beatles experts say is extremely rare.
The demo, clocking in at just under two minutes, was sold at the Beatles Memorabilia Auction today at the Unity Theatre.
Around 300 rare items are up for sale throughout the day at the 25th annual event, organised by the Beatles Shop on Mathew Street.
The Beatles Shop confirmed it had sold for £18,000, after predicting it would fetch between £15-20,000.
But the identity of the demo’s new owner is still a mystery at this stage.
The recording was originally posted by the Beatles to Cilla Black when she was performing at the London Palladium in 1964.
But it was widely assumed to have disappeared or been destroyed, as it was never found.

But Simon White, Cilla Black’s nephew, stumbled on it at home after the star’s death earlier this year.
He came across an envelope with the words ‘It’s For You’ hand-written across the front, with Cilla Black’s name underneath.
His family assumed it was a cover version of her hit record, and took it to be valued with other items at the Beatles Shop in Mathew Street .
But Stephen Bailey, shop manager, said he was speechless when he realised that the voice was that of  Paul.

He said: “I was shaking with excitement and speechless. I realised that this was the long-lost Beatles demo disc from 1964 and I was probably one of the few people to have seen and heard it in over 50 years.
“What I had in my hand was probably the only copy in existence.”
Simon White donated the record with a letter, explaining how his father - an avid collector - had looked after it for years after Black gave it to him.
He wrote: “When we found out that Sir Paul had not retained his own copy of the recording, as a courtesy and gesture of respect we agreed it would be only right that, of all people, he be allowed to make a copy of the recording for himself for the sole use of adding it to his personal archive.
“Other than the single copy of the recording that he now has, we know of no other.”


John 's killer has been denied parole for a ninth time.
Wende Correctional Facility
Mark David Chapman met with a three-member parole panel during the week and was later informed he will be kept behind bars at least another two years, when he will be next eligible for parole, a state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision official told the Daily News.
The official did not know the reasoning behind the decision.
But in the past, the Parole Board — even while citing Chapman's clean prison record since 1994 — has routinely said that releasing him would "undermine respect for the law."

A lawyer and spokesman for Yoko Ono, did not return calls for comment Saturday.
Chapman, 61, shot John on Dec. 8, 1980, as he and Ono returned to their Dakota building home across from Central Park after a late night recording session.
Sentenced to 20 years to life in prison, Chapman currently resides at upstate Wende Correctional Facility.

The News recently reported that since his last parole hearing in 2014, five people sent letters to the Parole Board seeking his release. There were also two letters during that time in opposition to granting Chapman parole.
One of those letters opposing parole came from Ono, her lawyer, Jonas Herbsman, had previously confirmed.
Herbsman said the new letter reaffirmed previous correspondences to the board made public that expressed fears for the safety of herself and Lennon's two sons — Sean and Julian — if Chapman is released.
Ono's past letters also expressed concern that Chapman himself could face danger from one of the slain Beatle’s fans seeking revenge.
In past parole hearings, the once pudgy killer has claimed to have found Jesus while behind bars.
Chapman has said he targeted Lennon because of his fame and a twisted belief that the rocker was a phony for living an elite lifestyle.

He is kept in protective custody against his will and works as an administrative clerk. He's allowed out of his cell a minimum of three hours a day.
Chapman also is registered in the prison system's "family reunion" program, which allows him conjugal visits with his wife, Gloria Hiroko Chapman, who married him 18 months before the murder, and visits with his stepfather. His wife could not be reached for comment.
Chapman in previous parole hearings said he's willing to pay for his crime in prison "however long it takes, forever."
He once angered Ono when he said he believed Lennon would have forgiven him.
He also admitted to having eyed other targets, including Johnny Carson and Elizabeth Taylor, now both dead, if he hadn't been able to get to Lennon.
Chapman said at his 2014 parole hearing that if he's released there is a minister who has agreed to take him in and give him a job.
He said he learned how to fix wheelchairs while behind bars.


Their final concert, 50 years ago on 29th August, 1966 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. 

The Beatles gave their final full concert at Candlestick Park on August 29, 1966. A rough recording of most of the concert was left unreleased, although the audio has leaked on to the internet. The recording cuts off during the last minute of the concert, interrupting "Long Tall Sally". 

The Beatles had not announced that this was to be their last concert, and if the foursome themselves knew, it was a closely guarded secret. In fact, much of the existing film footage of the concert was captured in color by a 15-year-old Beatles fan, Barry Hood. A relatively small amount of black-and-white footage was shot by local TV news in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento. Hood released some of his film in a limited edition documentary titled The Beatles Live In San Francisco. But more of Hood's rare footage remains in a vault, unseen by the public, now 48 years later. On August 14, 2014, former Beatle Paul returned one last time to become the closing act of Candlestick Park's long history. McCartney's performance was within days of being 48 years after the Beatles played their famous last concert at Candlestick. riter”.

This was the Beatles' last concert tour appearance ever, a 33-minute performance at San Francisco's Candlestick Park on Monday August 29, 1966. The Park's capacity was 42,500 but the Beatles only filled 25,000 seats, leaving entire sections of unsold seats. 

  • The performance was taped by Tony Barrow at Paul's request and is available in bootleg format. The last song was truncated because the recorder ran out of tape. Just before leaving the stage, John teasingly strummed the opening guitar notes of "In My Life".  

  • Songs performed at the show: 

    01.  “Rock and Roll Music”
    02.  “She’s a Woman”
    03.  “If I Needed Someone”
    04.  “Day Tripper”
    05.  “Baby’s In Black”
    06.  “I Feel Fine”
    07.  “Yesterday”
    08.  “I Wanna Be Your Man”
    09.  “Nowhere Man”
    10.  “Paperback Writer”
    11.  “Long Tall Sally”

    Paul McCartney apologized to the crowd for the weather, noting it was 'a bit chilly.' - See more at:

    Paul McCartney apologized to the crowd for the weather, noting it was 'a bit chilly.' - See more at:

    Spectators watch the Beatles perform at Candlestick Park on 29 August, 1966: 

      Long Tall Sally was the last song played by the Beatles at their very last live show, which was held at Candlestick Park. Paul McCartney played it at the last event at Candlestick Park before its demolition.

    Saturday, 27 August 2016


    Ron Campbell, 76, director of the 1960’s Saturday morning Beatles cartoon series that aired on ABC from September 1965 through April 1969, and animator of the Beatles film “Yellow Submarine,” made an appearance at Long Island Picture Frames on Sunrise Highway in Massapequa to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the final New York concert appearance by the Beatles. (He also appearing in Oyster Bay Aug. 16 through 21.)

    Campbell, who is originally from Australia, showcased his original Beatles cartoon paintings created specially for the showing, and he was commissioned and created new Beatles pop art paintings while appearing at the exhibit.  

    The Beatles Saturday Morning Cartoon Show received monstrous ratings in its time slot — a 67 percent share! It continually fueled new music to the young people of America as they followed the bouncing drumstick to each Beatles tune. Campbell also wrote the forward to the definitive book on the Beatles cartoon series “Beatletoons.” He was nominated for a daytime Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Animation.
    “Yellow Submarine,” recently celebrating its 47th anniversary, has become a permanent fixture in pop culture, defining the psychedelic 60s for generations to come. In his book, “Up Periscope,” “Yellow Submarine” producer Al Brodax gives Ron Campbell a great deal of credit for saving the movie and tying it all together at the last minute. 

    Campbell has also been involved with some of the most beloved cartoons including, Scooby Doo, Winnie The Pooh, Krazy Kat, George of the Jungle, The Jetsons, The Flintstones, the Smurfs, Goof Troop, Rugrats, Ed, Edd & Eddy and dozens more. 
    His former studio was awarded a Peabody and an Emmy for his work in children’s television.
    Since retiring after a 50-year career, Campbell has been painting subjects based on the animated cartoons he has helped bring to the screen. With particular emphasis on The Beatles, he shows his Cartoon Pop Art in galleries worldwide.
    Incoming Oceanside students Thomas Harmon, 12, and his brother, Shane, 8, conducted this interview with Campbell:
    Herald: How old were you when you started drawing?
    Ron Campbell: I started at six years old. The difference between me and other kids was that when they stopped drawing, around seven or eight-years-old, I kept going.
    H: Who was your greatest influence?
    RC: My great grandmother — and the fact that every time I picked up a pencil, the adults would say how wonderful it was!
    H: What is your favorite thing to draw:
    RC: I cannot differentiate between the Smurfettes, or Angelica from the Rugrats, or Scooby Doo — they’re all my favorites. That’s like saying ‘Who’s your favorite Beatle? Well, Ringo … then maybe George ... or John … or Paul.
    H: What kind of medium do you like to draw with?
    RC: Well, in my retirement, I like to use a Japanese felt pen, which is archival (it will last forever); American paints, French paper and English brushes. It’s an international mix!

    Friday, 26 August 2016


    It’s as much a part of Beatleweek as the marathon Cavern music sessions and the annual convention at the Adelphi.
    The Liverpool Beatles Memorabilia Auction, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, takes place on Saturday, this time at a new location – the Unity Theatre.
    More than 300 lots are set to go under the (silver) hammer in the event organised by the Beatles Shop in Mathew Street.
    Some items, like a rare acetate recording from 1964 or sketches doodled by a teenage Paul McCartney, are expected to go for thousands of pounds.

    This year there are also a number of lots connected with Cilla Black, including an Escada jacket she wore on Blind Date, tour programmes and acetate recordings of her singing.
    A number of items, meanwhile, were formerly the property of Beatles Fan Club secretary Freda Kelly or Alf Geoghegan, who owned the Cavern between 1966 and 1970.
    A long lost Beatles demo disc recorded by Paul McCartney could fetch £20,000 at auction 

    Got £20,000 to spare and fancy owning a slice of 60s music history?
    Then a rare Beatles acetate disc from 1964 of Paul McCartney accompanying himself on the piano as he sings It’s For You – a song he penned for Cilla Black – could be yours.
    You might also have to dig deep to afford a series of pencil sketches drawn by a teenage Paul while at the Liverpool ‘Inny’. Estimate? £6-7,000.

    Too pricey? How about a six-string acoustic guitar formerly the property of Rory Storm? A snip at £5-6,000.
    Are you the same size as Ringo? Then why not bid for his Comme Des Garcons jacket, worn during the filming of the Beatles Anthology documentary (est £3,000-£3,750).

    Even Ringo's pre-Beatles sick notes were up for grabs 

    Then there’s a Parlophone promotional card from 1962 bearing the signatures of all four Beatles, which could fetch up to £3,0000.
    There’s also a full set of autographs on two separate pages which were signed at the Sunderland Odeon in 1963 (£1,900-£2,200).
    Before he was a pop superstar, Ringo worked at Liverpool firm H Hunt and Sons Ltd.
    His Richard Starkey sickness and employment records have found their way into the auction, with an estimate of £900-£1,500.

    A brick from the original Cavern Club joined lots which included all manner of Fab Four 

    An original black and white Beatles dress from Holland c.1964 (£350-£500).
    Four letters from the Electricity Board from 1966 about connecting electricity to the Cavern (£400-£500).
    An original Beatles brooch from 1964, shaped like a beetle with musical notes on it (£60-£70).
    A Beatles childhood Halloween costume from NEMS, USA, c.1964 (£80-£100).
    Sgt Pepper limited edition Coalport figurines from 2006 (£80-£120).

    A John Lennon inflatable plastic doll c.1967 (£50-£60)
    An original Ringo Starr ‘soakie’ from the US c.1965 (£80-£100).
    A small section of carpet from Abbey Road Studios (£100-£150).
    Beatles Merit Magnet Hair Game c.1964 (£250-£300).
    A soup tureen that belonged to John Lennon when he lived at Kenwood (£80-£100).


    “A Hard Day’s Night” - the second track now available from “Live At The Hollywood Bowl”

    “Live At The Hollywood Bowl” is out for release on September 9th to stream and on CD, with vinyl to follow.

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