Archive for July, 2011

July 29, 2011

Blue Jay Way

The Beatles released George Harrison’s “Blue Jay Way” on the film Magical Mystery Tour and its accompanying album in 1967. Harrison wrote the song while living in a rented house on the street of the same name while waiting for Beatles’ publicist Derek Taylor and other friends to arrive after getting lost in a dense fog.

July 29, 2011

Say Say Say

Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson formed a friendship and musical partnership in the early ’80s. The duo recorded “Say Say Say,” which was released on McCartney’s 1983 album Pipes of Peace. The song was released as a single and eventually hit #1.

July 28, 2011

Baby, You’re a Rich Man

The Beatles wrote and recorded “Baby, You’re a Rich Man” for the animated film Yellow Submarine and released the track as the B-side of the hit single “All You Need Is Love.” The song was actually written in two pieces – the ‘one of the beautiful people’ section written by John Lennon and the ‘baby you’re a rich man’ section written by Paul McCartney. The song was also included on the American LP version of the Magical Mystery Tour album.

July 22, 2011

I’m Down

The Beatles released the song “I’m Down” as the b-side to the “Help!” single. The band performed the song live at the legendary Shea Stadium concert, where John famously played the organ with his elbows.

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July 22, 2011

Beatles Anthology on iTunes

The epic Beatles Anthology documentary and CD series from 1995 has recently been remastered and re-released on iTunes. Along with the 3 original 2-disc sets, iTunes is also offering the set in a complete box set form, as well as a new Highlights set. See the introductory video after the jump!

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July 12, 2011

All You Need Is Love

The Beatles first performed the song “All You Need Is Love” in 1967 on a live TV program called Our World. The special was the first live global television link, watched by over 400 million people in 26 countries. Some of the performance was pre-recorded, with the band singing and playing their instruments live over a recorded track. The song was released as a single shortly after, and eventually hit #1 on the charts.

July 10, 2011

Happy Birthday Ringo!

Ringo Starr celebrated his 71st birthday on July 8, 2011. Paul McCartney and his band recorded a special live performance of the Beatles’ “Birthday” in honor of his old friend.

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July 9, 2011

McCartney and McCartney II

In June 2011, Paul McCartney re-released his classic solo albums McCartney and McCartney II through the Hear Music record label. The new sets were released in multiple formats, including a single disc remastered version, 2-LP vinyl set and a multiple-disc boxed set. The various album formats included bonus tracks, demos, b-sides and other unreleased material.

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