Archive for ‘Guests’

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!

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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 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.

April 16, 2012

Lady Madonna & Ronnie Scott

Ronnie Scott, a seasoned jazz saxophonist, was featured on the Beatles’ hit single “Lady Madonna”. On the final recording, the saxophone was mixed low in the song, which was later eradicated on the versions on The Beatles Anthology and Love.

March 1, 2012

R.I.P. Davy Jones

Davy Jones, singer and member of pop/rock band The Monkees, passed away at the age of 66 on February 29th, 2012. The Monkees was a popular television show in the ’60s, and the ficticious band, known as the “Pre-Fab Four”, was highly influenced by The Beatles. Davy Jones also performed as a member of the cast of Oliver! on The Ed Sullivan Show, on the same episode that featured The Beatles.

 

R.I.P. Davy Jones.

Watch the video for the song “Daydream Believer” after the jump!

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February 17, 2012

The Beatles and Bob Dylan

The Beatles met Bob Dylan during the end of their U.S. tour on August 28th, 1964. The artists were introduced by their mutual friend, writer Al Aronowitz, and they spent time together in the Beatles’ hotel room. Many believe Dylan turned The Beatles on to marijuana for the first time, which heavily influenced the band in both their image and songwriting.

September 18, 2011

Richard Hamilton

Artist Richard Hamilton designed the classic stark-white cover for the album The Beatles. The band asked Hamilton to design an album cover that completely contrasted their previous psychedelic style, and the artist created the concept for the minimal look of The White Album.

Richard Hamilton passed away in Britain on September 13, 2011, at the age of 89.

September 16, 2011

Fame

David Bowie’s hit song “Fame” was co-written with John Lennon, and released as a single in 1975. The pair met while Bowie was staying in New York City, which resulted in the writing and recording of the track. The song eventually reached #1.

August 12, 2011

John Lennon and Elton John

John Lennon released the hit single “Whatever Gets You Through The Night” in 1974. Elton John sang backing vocals and played piano on the track, and he made a bet with Lennon that the song would become a #1 hit. When it did, Lennon had to make good on the wager and he made a live appearance with John at his concert at Madison Square Garden. It was John Lennon’s last live performance.

January 4, 2011

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

“While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” written by George Harrison and released on The Beatles, features Eric Clapton on lead guitar. Harrison brought his friend in to play guitar in hopes of finally getting his song recognized by the other Beatles. The ploy worked and Clapton was featured on the track, albeit uncredited.