Archive for May, 2012

May 29, 2012

Love You To

“Love You To” is a song written by George Harrison in 1966 and included on The Beatles’ album Revolver. It was the first song by The Beatles to incorporate classical Indian music, and it featured outside musicians. Ringo Starr was the only other band member to play on the track, contributing tambourine to the final mix.

Listen to “Love You To” after the jump!

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May 28, 2012

Happy Memorial Day!

In 1967, John Lennon starred in the comedy film How I Won the War, which was shot in Almeria, Spain, during a break in The Beatles’ schedule. Lennon played Musketeer Gripweed, and the movie was centered around a British platoon fighting in World War II.

Wishing a happy Memorial Day to all readers, and thanking all of those who have fought for our country!

May 26, 2012

What’s the New Mary Jane

Image“What’s the New Mary Jane” was an avant garde song written by John Lennon and recorded by The Beatles during the sessions for the White Album. The song features much experimentation, with vocals by Lennon and music by George Harrison and Yoko Ono. After being left off the album, Lennon planned to release it as a single by The Plastic Ono Band, but this plan was eventually scrapped.

A recorded version was finally released on The Beatles Anthology 3. Listen to “What’s the New Mary Jane” after the jump!

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May 26, 2012

Happy Birthday Bob Dylan!

Wishing a Happy 71st Birthday to Bob Dylan!

Dylan was a huge influence on The Beatles’ songwriting, particularly on John Lennon. This is evident on songs like “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away,” an early example of the more introspective writing style the band starting using after listening to Dylan’s records.

Happy birthday Bob!

May 20, 2012

RIP Robin Gibb

Robin Gibb, singer of the group The Bee Gees, has died after a lengthy battle with cancer at the age of 63.

Robin, along with his brothers Barry and Maurice, starred in the 1978 film Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, a poorly received musical based on characters from Beatles songs. Many believe the movie was a “career killer” for The Bee Gees, as well as its other star Peter Frampton.

RIP Robin Gibb.

May 20, 2012

‘Let it Be’ on DVD

The Beatles’ documentary film Let it Be has been out of print since the 1980s. Reportedly, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney have been hesitant to re-release it due to the negative nature of the film. However, Starr recently mentioned in an interview with Rolling Stone that he believes a DVD release is possible.

Additionally, director Michael Lindsay-Hogg has stated that Let it Be will come out on DVD and Blu-Ray in 2013. Click here to read the interview, and keep your fingers crossed!

May 19, 2012

A Love For You

Paul McCartney wrote and recorded the song “A Love for You” during the sessions for his 1971 album Ram. The song was not included on the album, and has remained unreleased until now.

“A Love for You” is one of the bonus tracks to be included on the remastered version of Ram, part of McCartney’s Archive Collection.

Listen to “A Love for You” after the jump!

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May 19, 2012

Vote for the Best Beatles Albums!

Music website hmv.com is supporting the “Music is GREAT” campaign by inviting fans to vote for the greatest British albums in the past 60 years.

Five Beatles albums have been nominated: Abbey Road, Revolver, Rubber Soul, Sgt Pepper and The Beatles (White Album). Vote your favorite Beatles albums before May 20th!

Click here to vote or learn more at TheBeatles.com!

May 15, 2012

Jimmy Nicol

During The Beatles’ 1964 tour of Denmark, the Netherlands, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Ringo Starr came down with a high fever and tonsilitis. He had to sit out of the tour to recouperate, so The Beatles temporarily replaced him with drummer Jimmy Nicol. Starr rejoined the group in Australia after a few weeks and finished out the tour behind the kit.

May 13, 2012

Hope of Deliverance

Paul McCartney’s “Hope of Deliverance” appeared on his 1993 solo album Off the Ground and was released as a single that same year. It became a hit in the UK, reaching #18 on the charts, and a staple in his live shows.

McCartney revived the song during his 2012 concert tour of South America. Watch the original promotional video and a recent live concert performance after the jump!

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