Archive for November, 2010

November 30, 2010

RIP George Harrison

George Harrison passed away on November 29, 2001 from cancer at age 58. He was originally diagnosed with throat cancer in 1997, which spread through his lungs and eventually into his brain. He sadly passed at a Hollywood Hills mansion having undergone years of treatment.

RIP George Harrison, 1943-2001.

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November 28, 2010

Junk

Paul McCartney’s composition “Junk,” written while The Beatles were studying Transcendental Meditation in India, was originally submitted for inclusion on The Beatles (aka The White Album), but ultimately left off. It was included as a track on the singer’s debut solo album entitled McCartney.

November 24, 2010

LENNONYC

LENNONYC is a new documentary chronicling the life of John Lennon during his New York City years, between moving to the U.S. in 1972, up until his murder in 1980. The film is available on DVD and Blu-Ray, and is currently being shown on PBS as part of the American Masters series.

November 23, 2010

The Simpsons

All three surviving Beatles (at the time) – Ringo Starr, George Harrison and Paul McCartney – made appearances in and lent their voices to The Simpsons. Starr guest-starred in the Season 2 episode “Brush with Greatness”, Harrison in the Season 5 episode “Homer’s Barbershop Quartet” and McCartney in the Season 7 episode “Lisa the Vegetarian.”

Watch George interact with Homer on YouTube.

November 20, 2010

The Beatles: Live at the Washington Colosseum

The Beatles performed their first American concert at the Washington Colosseum in Washington, D.C. on February 11, 1964. An exclusive download of the full concert has been included as a bonus feature when purchasing The Beatles Box on iTunes.

November 19, 2010

Here Comes The Sun

George Harrison wrote “Here Comes the Sun” in 1969. The song was released on The Beatles’ final recorded album Abbey Road. Harrison wrote the song while relaxing in Eric Clapton’s garden, escaping from the pressures of Apple and the tension going on within the band.

November 17, 2010

The Beatles on iTunes

After years of speculation and legal battles between The Beatles’ Apple Records and Apple Computers, The Beatles have finally released their entire music catalog through the iTunes music sharing program. Fans can download the albums, individual tracks, and The Beatles Box, which includes an exclusive video of the band Live at the Washington Coliseum in 1964.

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November 15, 2010

My Brave Face

Paul McCartney released “My Brave Face” as the first single from his 1989 album Flowers in the Dirt. The song was written as a collaboration between McCartney and fellow rock legend Elvis Costello.

November 15, 2010

I Am The Walrus

The end of The Beatles’ “I Am The Walrus” includes a few lines from a dramatic reading of Shakespeare’s King Lear. The lines were added to the song direct from a BBC broadcast of the play.

November 11, 2010

Hey Jules

The Beatles’ smash hit single “Hey Jude” was written by Paul McCartney in 1968. McCartney wrote the song on a trip to visit his young friend, John Lennon’s son Julian, after the boy’s parents had recently divorced. Originally the lyric was “Hey Jules,” however, McCartney changed it to “Jude” as he felt it sounded better.