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Birth of the Beatles (1979)

The early days with original drummer Pete Best (who was a consultant on the film) and bassist Stu Sutcliffe are touched on, but this...

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

Stuart Fergusson Victor Sutcliffe was born on 23 June 1940 in Edinburgh, Scotland. His mother  Martha (known as Millie) was a teacher at an...

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...

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10,000 Maniacs

10,000 Maniacs (named after the low-budget horror movie Two Thousand Maniacs) was formed in Jamestown, NY, in 1981 by singer Natalie Merchant and guitarist John Lombardo. The...

Baker Street Boys, The

1 9 8 3 (UK) 8 x 30 minute episodes Against a Victorian backdrop of horse-drawn hansom cabs and gas-lit streets, a gang of young London street...

High Rollers

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Adam Adamant Lives

1 9 6 6 - 1 9 6 7 (UK) 29 x 50 minute episodes A time travel tale with a twist - Adam Llewellyn De Vere...

Minutemen, The

Greg Ginn of Black Flag and SST Records produced this San Pedro (California) blue-collar trio's first 7" EP, Paranoid Time. Like most punk bands at the time, the band...

Radio Legend Casey Kasem Dead at 82

15 June 2014 Casey Kasem, the voice of pop radio for nearly four decades, died on Father's Day sunday at St. Anthony’s Hospital near Seattle. As...

King Kurt

Formed in 1983, this crazed psychobilly sextet immediately hit pay dirt with the Top 40 single Destination Zululand. Made infamous by notorious live shows in which...

Lawn Flamingos

In 1957, Don Featherstone designed the first plastic lawn flamingo for Union Products of Leominster, Massachusetts. A trained sculptor with a background in classical art,...