Posts tagged ‘Beatles’

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 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 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

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Beatle moms out there! Celebrate by listening to “Julia”, a song John Lennon wrote in honor of his late mother…after the jump!

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May 12, 2012

All Together Now

Paul McCartney quickly wrote “All Together Now” as an upbeat edition to the Beatles’ upcoming Yellow Submarine film. The band had a cameo at the end of the movie, where they appeared in person and kicked off a reprise of the song.

“All Together Now” was added to the soundtrack and appears in the upcoming re-release of the Yellow Submarine film. Watch the video after the jump!

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May 10, 2012

Let It Be

The Beatles’ final studio album Let It Be was released on May 8th, 1970. Although the album was recorded during the sessions for the accompanying documentary film, the tapes were shelved, and the band recorded and released Abbey Road in the meantime. Let It Be was released shortly before the The Beatles announced their breakup.

May 8, 2012

Dear Prudence

“Dear Prudence” is a song by John Lennon, written during The Beatles’ stay in India, and recorded for the White Album. The song was written for Prudence Farrow, sister of actress Mia, who was also staying in Rishikesh with the band while they studied transcendental meditation. Prudence immersed herself in meditation and refused to come out of her room. Lennon used to sing the song to her to try to coax her out and join the rest of the group.

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May 3, 2012

‘Yellow Submarine’ in Theaters

The new, remastered version of The Beatles’ classic film Yellow Submarine is coming back to the big screen! The film will be shown in select theaters around the country starting on May 10th.

Click here to find a movie time at your local theater…and watch the trailer after the jump!

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April 24, 2012

Eleanor Rigby

The Beatles began recording Paul McCartney’s “Eleanor Rigby” on April 20th, 1966. None of the Beatles played any instruments on the track, although McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison contributed vocals. The song was eventually released on the album Revolver and as the b-side to the single “Yellow Submarine.”

Watch the video for “Eleanor Rigby” after the jump!

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