John Lennon spent the last decade of his life in New York City, finding freedom, inspiration and tragedy there before his death in 1980. Those years and his relationship with what his widow Yoko Ono calls "the city that he loved so much" are explored in LENNONYC, a new PBS documentary set to premiere November 22nd on American Masters. "It is a very strange city," Ono said Thursday. "It was his love and it was his death."
Ono appeared at a press conference in Beverly Hills to discuss the two-hour film and preview scenes from the work-in-progress, stepping onstage entirely in black, a fedora titled to the side, Sinatra-style. "I was so impressed with how good John was," she said of watching the film's previously unseen footage and recording outtakes. "I knew him as a husband. I wish I could tell him, 'Hey, you're so good.' But he is not there . . . I still think John's songs are giving power to the people."
In one clip, the raw demo of a song called "Make Love, Not War" is shown evolving into a dreamy final track called "Mind Games." And longtime friend and sideman Klaus Voorman explains on-camera the lasting impact of Lennon's songs: "John talks of his problems, of the fighting with himself. And that's what's makes it so strong and what people can relate to."
There are first-hand remembrances from label chief David Geffen and Double Fantasy producer Jack Douglas, who describes how Lennon tuned his guitar to always flatten the D-string, a habit dating back to his Beatles days so his Aunt Mimi could tell which guitar was his. And during a 1974 radio interview on WNEW-FM, Lennon reads the weather report before discussing his ongoing immigration battle: "Maybe they could just ban me from Ohio or something."
Some of Lennon's happiest years were spent living at the Dakota apartments in Manhattan after the birth of their son, Sean. "I always knew John Lennon had a very gentle side, otherwise I couldn't live with him," Ono said with a smile. "He was always very nice to me. But when Sean was born, he was a totally different person, not just nice. He was so much into bringing Sean up."
Ono said the upcoming October 4th reissues of Lennon's post-Beatles albums would focus on his best-known solo music, and not include the experimental works Two Virgins and Life With the Lions. "I want it to be known exactly what he was — he was a brilliant singer-songwriter and a rocker," she said, "and I don't want something like the avant-garde sneaking in there."
When one Beatle performs, it's a big deal. But when you've got the two surviving members of rock'n'roll's biggest band onstage together, well, that's just something else.
Wednesday night, Paul McCartney made a surprise appearance at Ringo Starr's 70th birthday party in New York City, and the two romped through the Beatles classic "Birthday." Watch video below.
After a long set at Radio City Music Hall, featuring both Beatles hits and songs penned by other members of Ringo's All-Starr Band -- keyboardist Gary Weaver played his own "Dream Weaver," bassist Richard Page of Mr. Mister fame rolled out "Broken Wings" -- Macca took the stage with his trademark Hofner bass, Starr headed behind the drum kit, and the band stormed through the 1968 single off the White Album.
According to The Examiner, Yoko Ono watched the performance from the wings, as did George Harrison's widow, Olivia. Other celebs in attendance included Ringo's wife Barbara Bach, the Eagles' Joe Walsh, the Eurythmics' Dave Stewart, and Colin Hay of Men at Work.
1940 – Richard “Ringo Starr” Starkey is born at Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital, Liverpool.
1960 – The Silver Beetles perform at the Neston Institute, Wirral.
1962 – The Beatles perform at Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight, Birkenhead, Cheshire. This booking is a dance for the local golf club. The capacity of the hall is 450, but 500 people squeeze in to see The Beatles perform.
1963 – The Beatles perform at the ABC Theatre in Blackpool, Lancashire.
1964 – The Beatles record a lip-sync performance of three songs for the television program “Top of the Pops.” They “perform” both sides of their new single, “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Things We Said Today,” as well as the title track to a new EP, “Long Tall Sally.” Broadcast on July 8 and July 29.
1967 – The Beatles’ single “All You Need Is Love/Baby You’re a Rich Man” (Parlophone R-5620) is released in the U.K. 10 weeks on the charts; highest chart position: No.1.
1969 – The Beatles, without John who is still recovering from injuries sustained in an auto accident on July 1, are in the recording studio, Studio Two, EMI’s Abbey Road Studios, London. Recording of George’s “Here Comes the Sun” (13 takes and an overdub). John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band’s single “Give Peace a Chance/Remember Love” (Apple 1809) is released in the U.S. The A-side is credited as Lennon-McCartney, the B-side is a Yoko on song.
1970 – George Harrison’s mother, Louise, dies of cancer.
1957 – The Quarry Men perform at a Garden Fete held at St. Peter’s Church, Woolton, Liverpool. After an outside performance on a makeshift stage in a field behind the church, The Quarry Men begin setting up their instruments in the church hall for an evening dance; they are scheduled to play alternating sets with the George Edwards Band. A 15-year-old friend of Ivan Vaughan, Paul McCartney, had arrived during the afternoon performance, and he had been impressed with John Lennon‘s stage presence. Paul is introduced to John by Ivan as The Quarry Men are setting up for their evening performance. John is a bit drunk. Paul, eager to impress John, picks up a guitar and plays versions of the recent hits “Twenty Flight Rock” (Eddie Cochran) and “Be-Bop-A-Lula” (Gene Vincent). John is indeed impressed, and even more so when Paul writes down the lyrics for him, which John has trouble remembering. Paul then shows John and Eric Griffiths how to tune their guitars, something they’d been paying someone else to do for them. John recognizes Paul’s talent right away wanting him to join The Quarry Men. Some sources state that the songs Paul played this day were “Long Tall Sally” and “Tutti Frutti.” The Quarrymen are recorded by Bob Molyneux using a reel-to-reel tape recorder belonging to his father at the evening dance of the Woolton Garden Fete, St. Peter’s Church, Woolton, Liverpool, England. This tape recorder is on display at the John Lennon Exhibit, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland, Ohio.
1961 – John Lennon’s short story entitled, “Being a Short Diversion On The Dubious Origins Of Beatles” is published in the first issue of Bill Harry’s Liverpool music newspaper “Mersey Beat.” In the piece, written in the style that will later bring Lennon world-wide literary fame, he attributes the naming of The Beatles to a mysterious man on a flaming pie.
1962 – The Beatles perform on board MV ‘Royal Iris’ on the River Mersey. Another “Riverboat Shuffle” put on by the Cavern Club, Liverpool. Once again, they share the bill with Acker Bilk, whose single “Stranger On The Shore” remains in the Top Ten six months after its release. Sometime that evening, Bilk gives each of The Beatles (John, Paul, George, and Pete) a black bowler hat, his trademark.
1963 – The Beatles perform at (Victory) Memorial Hall, Northwich. Before their appearance, The Beatles attended the annual Northwich Carnival, causing a lot of commotion. Paul McCartney personally crowned the new carnival queen.
1964 – The Beatles attend the London premiere of their first feature film, “A Hard Day’s Night.” The movie is an instant success with fans and critics alike. The Beatles’ single “Ain’t She Sweet/Nobody’s Child” (Atco 6308) is released in the U.S. 9 weeks on Billboard chart; highest chart position: No.19.
1969 – John, Yoko, and Kyoko leave Lawson Memorial Hospital in Golspie, Scotland, having recovered sufficiently from wounds received in an auto accident to be released by their doctors. They fly back to London in a specially chartered helicopter.
1978 – Ringo Starr’s single “Heart On My Sleeve/Who Needs a Heart” (Portrait 6-70018) is released in the U.S.
1981 – John Lennon’s single “(Just Like) Starting Over/Woman” (Geffen GGEF-0408) is re-released in the U.S. Both songs previously issued as the A-side of different singles.
1987 – The Beatles single “All You Need Is Love/Baby You’re a Rich Man” (Parlophone RP-5620) is released in the U.K. as a 20th anniversary reissue. Released as a regular vinyl single and also as a picture disc, and also as a cassette single. First Beatles single released in the cassette format. A 12-inch vinyl single was also released this date.
Source: The Beatles Place
From The Beatles' facebook page:
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The Beatles' roster of Apple Records artists are set to have a selection of their albums remastered and re-released this October.
Acts including Mary Hopkin, Jackie Lomax and James Taylor are among those set to have their albums reissued on October 25. They were signed to the label by The Beatles after its launch in 1968.
More recently, Apple Records has been in the news after Liam Gallagher announced plans to work on a film about the label based on the memoirs of it's so-called 'house hippie' Richard DiLello.
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This July 7, 2010 Ringo will turn 70 and he will celebrate his birthday in New York City. At Noon Ringo will be joined by family, friends and fans all together in one simple salute: "Peace & Love".
The Hard Rock International will once again host vario...us celebrations around the world, with additional spontaneous Peace & Love events cropping up everywhere. (In 2008 Peace & Love events occurred at the Hard Rock Hotel in Chicago, LA, New York, and Florida as well as happening at Abbey Road in London, one at Capitol Records in Los Angeles and one at Strawberry Fields in New York’s Central Park).
Please join the wave of Peace & Love as it continues this July 7 2010. Whether you say it along with a crowd, out loud as you go about your day, Tweet it or simply think the words, we hope you will join Ringo in celebrating “Peace & Love” wherever you are at Noon your local time.
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