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Paul Is Dead – The McCartney Myth

On 12 October 1969, out of the blue, a Detroit radio station began announcing that Paul McCartney was dead. The shock claim was picked up...

Let It Be (1970)

Originally arranged as rehearsals for a one-off live show, the TV documentary/concert McCartney envisioned devolved instead into a depressing fly-on-the-wall ogle at The Beatles'...

Beatle Boots

The traditional Chelsea Boot was adapted for The Beatles by the London footwear company Anello & Davide in 1961 when the band commissioned four...

Stuart Sutcliffe

Deciding to concentrate on being an artist rather than a musician, Sutcliffe opted to stay in Hamburg and lived there with his girlfriend Astrid Kirchherr. Stuart...

Magical Mystery Tour (1967)

This hour-long made-for-television film starring The Beatles first aired on BBC1 on 26 December 1967. Upon its initial showing, the public and critics attacked the movie...

Yellow Submarine (1968)

The Beatles come to the rescue when the evil Blue Meanies try to drive all the music and fun from Pepperland in the third...

Help! (1965)

Fresh from the success of A Hard Day's Night, The Beatles had the world at their feet and pitched to follow in the globetrotting wake...

Hard Day’s Night, A (1964)

The Beatles first feature film was a surprisingly sensational comedy, which revolved around a fictional 36 hours in their hectic schedule during a trip to...

George Martin

George Martin was working as a producer for EMI Records' Parlophone label when, in 1962, he heard the demo tapes of a group called The...

The Beatles in Hamburg

On 27 December 1960 The Beatles appeared at the Litherland Town Hall Ballroom in Liverpool in a performance widely regarded as being a turning point in...

Beatles Cartoon, The

1 9 6 5 - 1 9 6 9 (USA) 39 x 30 minute episodes The Beatles cartoons were screened in the US from 25 September 1965 to...

Backbeat (1994)

The early days of The Beatles when the yet-to-be-fab four were chasing fame and fräuleins in the grimy basement clubs of Hamburg, Germany, provide...

Cavern, The

A foul-smelling, dirty, damp and cramped cellar beneath a fruit warehouse at 10 Mathew Street in Liverpool city centre had served as a World...

George Harrison

Of all the individual solo output following the break-up of The Beatles, George Harrison provided the real surprise with the 1970 triple album set All Things...

John Lennon

"We're more popular than Jesus right now", John Lennon said in 1966 at the height of The Beatles success. His irreverent remark caused a storm of...

Paul McCartney

Inspired equally by show tunes, music hall and rock 'n' roll, the young James Paul McCartney (whose first guitar, incidentally, was a Rosetti Lucky...

Ringo Starr

Richard Starkey was born in the Dingle area of Liverpool on 7 July 1940. While John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Pete Best sweated through their musical apprenticeship...

Beatles, The

So it goes like this . . . 15-year-old Paul McCartney hears a Skiffle group called The Quarrymen play on Saturday 6 July 1957. Along with a police dog...

Yoko Ono

Born in Japan on 13 February 1933, Yoko Ono finished her education in the USA and became a well-known figure during the 1960s in...

Astrid Kirchherr

Astrid Kirchherr is best known for her striking photos of The Beatles taken during their first stay in Hamburg, which were later reproduced around the world. Ironically,...

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Bottle Boys

1 9 8 4 - 1 9 8 5 (UK) 13 x 30 minute episodes This LWT sitcom followed life on the Dawson Dairy milk round. The team...

Flamingos, The

Cousins Jacob 'Jake' Carey and Ezekial 'Zeke' Carey formed this doo-wop group in Chicago, Illinois, after meeting Paul Wilson and Johnny Carter at a...

Outlaw Josey Wales, The (1976)

Clint Eastwood took over the direction of The Outlaw Josey Wales from its co-scenarist Philip Kaufman when the two men fell out over the character of...

Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969)

Baron Frankenstein blackmails a young asylum doctor into releasing the mad Dr Brandt so that he can learn the secret of his brain freezing...

Pat Boone

Pat Boone was born Charles Eugene Boone - the great-great-great-great-grandson of pioneer Daniel Boone - in Jacksonville, Florida, on 1 June 1934 and started singing...

Rocky II (1979)

Rocky II is better than Rocky (1976) because the boring character exposition has already been worked out and now we can sit back and enjoy the fully...

Cat People (1982)

Director Paul Schrader revamped the 1942 horror classic here with cold and flashy graphic effects. Nastassja Kinski was captivating as the young mysterious woman who...

Girl in the Bikini, The (1952)

When 25-year old Parisian student, Gérard Morere (Jean-François Calvé), hears a lecture about a treasure lost in the Mediterranean after the Peloponnesian War, he...