martes, 26 de marzo de 2013


RONNIE WOOD is set to hit the stage with James McCartney for a gig in London on Wednesday (27Mar13).

The guitarist will play with the Beatles star's son James at a preview of the musician's new show, which he is set to take to America for a 47-date tour later this year (13).
Announcing the show in a post on, Wood writes, "Don't forget I'm going to be playing at the James McCartney gig this Wednesday."
The concert will take place at the Ambassadors Theatre and is being put together by Wood's theatre producer wife, Sally Humphreys. 

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A collection of 61 photographs of The Beatles from their iconic Shea Stadium performance in 1965 have sold for £30,680 by Omega Auctions in a specialist Beatles Auction to mark the 50th Anniversary of their first album Please Please Me. The auction featured over 250 lots or rare lots of Beatles Memorabilia selling for a total of over £150,000.

Shea Stadium photographs sell for over £30,000
it was incredibly tense as three telephone bidders battled it out to buy the iconic photographs

The 22nd March 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles first album “Please Please Me” and to celebrate the occasion over 250 lots of rare Beatles Memorabilia went under the hammer through specialist Rock & Pop Auctioneers, Omega Auctions. Amongst the star lots were a collection of incredibly rare photographs from their iconic performance at Shea Stadium in 1965, which sold for £30,680 including premium against an estimate of £15,000 - £20,000. A further collection of colour photographs taken in 1964 sold for £27,140 against an estimate of £10,000 - £15,000. Other rarities included a copy of the iconic album Please Please Me in stereo and on the black and gold label together with a set of autographs which sold for £7,434. Overall 80% of lots met their reserve prices with a total sales value of over £150,000.
An extremely early and very nearly complete set of Beatles autographs signed on the back of a ticket for their gig on the 10th Feb 1962 (same day apparently that they were rejected by Decca!) at St. Paul`s Presbyterian Church Youth Club Hall in Tranmere, Birkenhead is expected to sell for around sold for £1,534 – it was missing a part of the ticket and Paul McCartneys signature as it had been torn off by the seller to give to her friend who was a big fan of McCartney. Auctioneer Paul Fairweather states “we are still hoping that the other half of the ticket will turn up in the next few days. If the ticket and signatures were complete it would have sold for considerably more”
The auction was broadcast live over the internet attracting Beatles fans from four corners of the globe. Fairweather states “it was a great sale – it was quite tense at the end when it came to the sale of the two sets of iconic photographs with three telephone bidders and a gentleman in the room battling it out. Interestingly the gentleman who bought the iconic Shea Stadium photographs is a South American gentleman currently living in Washington – he is a huge collector of Beatles Memorabilia and has an original Oscar which was presented to John Lennon in 1970 for the song “Let It Be – it would be interesting to see what that would sell for!”

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Paul reveals how he asked electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire to remake one of band's most famous songs.

Paul has revealed how he once asked electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire – creator of the Doctor Who theme music – to remake one of the Beatles' most famous songs, Yesterday.
The former Beatle said that as a fan of experimental music he wanted the BBC Radiophonic Workshop composer to create a different version of the song.
"I even found out where Miss Derbyshire lived, and went round to visit her," McCartney told Q magazine. "We even went into the hut at the bottom of her garden.
"It was full of tape machines and funny instruments. My plan in meeting her was to do an electronic backing for my song Yesterday.
"We'd already recorded it with a string quartet, but I wanted to give the arrangement electronic backing."
Derbyshire is hailed as one of the most important figures in the history of electronic music in the UK. As part of the Radiophonic Workshop – the avant-garde wing of the BBC's sound effects department – she created the distinctive signature tune for new TV series Doctor Who in 1963, using musique concrète techniques and sine- and square-wave oscillators to realise Ron Grainer's score.
Dr Who (1963) - Original Theme music 

delia derbyshire
Delia Derbyshire
In 1967 Derbyshire's work as a member of electronic outfit Unit Delta Plus shared a bill with that of the Beatles at a happening at the Roundhouse in north London. The Beatles created a 14-minute track called Carnival of Light for the Million Volt Light and Sound Rave that has never been officially released.
McCartney did not explain why nothing ever emerged from his encounter with Derbyshire in her garden hut, but said: "The Radiophonic Workshop, I loved all that, it fascinated me, and still does."
Living in London in the mid-60s, the young Beatle developed an interest in the work of composers including Cornelius Cardew (who he saw perform with the group AMM in 1966) and Karlheinz Stockhausen (whose image appeared on the cover of Sgt Pepper).

The Beatles - Yesterday "There came a time when John [Lennon], because of his association with Yoko and the avant garde, became thought of as the one who turned us all on to that. But that early era was more mine."
Derbyshire stopped making music in the 1970s, only rekindling her interest after working with Pete Kember (once of the group Spaceman 3) shortly before her death in 2001 at the age of 64.
Yesterday originally appeared on the Beatles' 1965 album Help!. It is one of the most covered songs in the history of popular music, with more than 2,200 versions thought to exist.

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Just when you think no other aspect of Beatles history could possibly be overlooked, a book comes along revealing a little-known corner of their story. A new tome, The Beatle Who Vanished by Jim Berkenstadt (otherwise known as the “Rock and Roll Detective”), examines the life of a bit player in the Beatles saga: Jimmie Nicol, the drummer who filled in for an ailing Ringo Starr during the first two weeks of their first world tour.

Nicol experienced something other musicians and fans could only dream about — being a Beatle, even a temporary one. But what happened after Nicol returned to England on June 15, 1964? Berkenstadt strives to answer this question — and provide the only written history of the veteran drummer — in this often fascinating book.


The Beatle Who Vanished begins by telling Nicol’s story, specifically how he rose through the ranks of jazz and rock drummers in London. Nicol’s musical versatility earned him a reputation as a solid, dependable drummer, and he began serving in a string of local bands. He played as part of Colin Hicks and the Cabin Boys (Hicks was the brother of British rocker Tommy Steele), then moved on to Vince Eager and the Quiet Three. In 1964 he experienced his first success: becoming the drummer of the highly popular act George Fame and the Blue Flames.
Just as Nicol was about to start the new job, Beatles producer George Martin called. He and manager Brian Epstein had heard of Nicol’s prowess and dependability as a drummer, and after calling two other musicians, they settled on the generally unknown Nicol. Fame allowed Nicol to be “lent out” to the Beatles, on the condition that he would return to the band after Starr recovered.

The old saying “be careful what you wish for” rings true for the rest of the story. Who wouldn’t jump at the chance to play with the Beatles? Who wouldn’t want to experience the fame and adulation, even for a short time? 

At first Nicol was overwhelmed by the mob scenes and screaming fans, but soon began to enjoy the touring. George Harrison, John Lennon, and Paul McCartney treated him well, although it was apparent to everyone but Nicol that he was a hired hand, not a full member of the group. As they toured Denmark, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand, Nicol had convinced himself that the group would realize that he was the superior drummer, and would ask him to take Starr’s place permanently. Of course this did not happen: Starr made a triumphant return to the tour, and Nicol was sent packing.
However, Nicol figured his brief “fifth Beatle” status would earn him fortune and fame, the ability to write his own ticket. Unfortunately, the exact opposite would happen.
The remainder of Berkenstadt’s book describes Nicol’s gradual downfall, trying to restart his music career in Sweden, Mexico, and back in England. He was frustrated at every turn, experiencing failure after failure: His brief membership in the Swedish rock band the Spotnicks would be the only success he would enjoy since his short tenure with the Beatles. Personal problems, two broken marriages, financial woes, and drug addiction followed, hindering his career.


Eventually he retired, concentrating on his growing construction business. He did appear at a Dutch Beatles convention in 1984, but after that the rumor spread that he had died. Is he still alive? Berkenstadt attempts to track down the reclusive man, with surprising results at the book’s end.
The Beatle Who Vanished is not without flaws — the proofreading could have been more thorough, and the author is overly fond of creating drama by using phrases such as “years ahead of their time” to describe Nicol and his various bands. He makes debatable comparisons between Nicol and drummers such as Iron Butterfly’s Ron Bushy, Starr, and even Pete Townshend. Berkenstadt also makes hard-to-prove arguments such as “Certainly Hicks’ moves were a precursor to Mick Jagger’s, who wouldn’t hit the stage for several more years.” Did Jagger really steal his moves from Hicks, or did both actually borrow steps from R&B performers? Claims such as those are opinion, at best.
Despite these issues, The Beatle Who Vanished serves as a fascinating read for hardcore fans. Nicol may be a footnote in Beatles history, but Berkenstadt’s research fleshes him out as a human being with his own musical background. The writer gives us an insider’s view of the hard life of a professional musician, and offers an unglamorous account of Beatlemania. If you’ve ever had dreams of being a “fifth Beatle,” Nicol’s story may give you pause.

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The BeatlesPlease Please Me 

The Beatles Debut Album, 22nd March 1963.

Please Please Me was done in a day - we started at 10 o'clock in the morning, finished at 11 at night, and that was the record made" recalled producer Sir George Martin.
Ten of the album's fourteen tracks were recorded on the 11th February, 1963 - performance favourites and "Lennon-McCartney originals". In addition to Love Me Do, the B-side of their debut single and both sides of their second single made up the remaining tracks.
The iconic front cover shot was taken at the then headquarters of EMI Limited at 20 Manchester Square in London's West End in early 1963 by Angus McBean.
Please Please Me hit Number One in the chart in May 1963 and remained there for thirty weeks before being replaced by With The Beatles.
Watch the full MiniDoc about recording the album on The Official YouTube Channel
According to NME, March 8th 1963: "Things are beginning to move for the Beatles, the r-and-b styled British group. The disc Please Please Me follows closely on the heels of their first hit Love Me Do written by group members John Lennon and Paul McCartney. It looks like a bright future for the Beatles, but knowing them I don't think they'll let it go to their heads."


Amazon Goes Back To 1963

To celebrate the release of the band's debut album Amazon have customised their Music Homepage - check it out at
For one day only the music store is offering Please Please Me for £8.99 (currently priced at £11.89) on CD:
Many thanks

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