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When the Beatles Refused to Play Before Segregated Audiences on Their First U.S. Tour (1964)

When American rock and roll made its way to the UK in the 1950s and 60s, along with a burgeoning folk and blues revival, many young British fans hadn’t been conditioned to think of music in the same way as their U.S. counterparts. “Unlike racially segregated Americans,” for example, “the Beatles didn’t see—or hear—the difference between Elvis and Chuck Berry,” writes Joseph Tirella, “between the Everly Brothers and the Marvelettes.” They also couldn’t see playing to segregated audien...
Tags: Google, Music, Florida, UK, College, John Lennon, US, Paul Mccartney, Elvis, Beatles, Mccartney, Ron Howard, Jacksonville, South, Facebook Twitter, Little Rock


Is This the Most Accurate Fan Cover of the Beatles Ever? Hear a Faithful Recreation of the Abbey Road Medley

I once thought I might be from the last generation to have spent a good part of their youth in front of a pair of speakers, playing their parents’ Beatles records until they memorized every note. Abbey Road was a special favorite in our house. I must have heard the outro medley a hundred thousand times or more. Now that reissue vinyl is everywhere, or something resembling the original records, there are loads of people who can say the same thing—and loads more who have streamed Abbey...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Paul Mccartney, Memphis, Elvis, Mccartney, Lennon, Andy, PAUL, Facebook Twitter, Buddy Holly, Josh Jones, Abbey Road, Durham NC Follow, Abbey Road Medley


How “Strawberry Fields Forever” Contains “the Craziest Edit” in Beatles History

The story of “Strawberry Fields Forever” is more or less the story in miniature of the Beatles' reinvention after they swore off touring in 1966 and disappeared into the studio to make their most innovative albums. It was not, as some Beatles fans might remember, an easy transition right away. Some of their fans, it turned out, were fickle, easily swayed by gossip as the latest TV trends. “While unsubstantiated break-up rumors swirled, some music fans became disenchanted with the group,”...
Tags: Google, Music, College, John Lennon, US, Spain, Paul Mccartney, Mccartney, Lennon, Martin, Fleming, Facebook Twitter, Colin Fleming, Josh Jones, George Martin, Durham NC Follow


Patti Smith Sings “People Have the Power” with a Choir of 250 Fellow Singers

…people have the power To redeem the work of fools —Patti Smith As protest songs go, "People Have the Power" by Godmother of Punk Patti Smith and her late husband Fred Sonic Smith is a true upper. The goal was to recapture some of the energy they’d felt as youth activists, coming together to protest the Vietnam War. As Patti declared in an NME Song Stories segment: … what we wanted to do was remind the listener of their individual power but also of the collective power of the people, how...
Tags: Google, Music, California, College, Life, Theatre, Toronto, San Diego, Patti Smith, Mccartney, Lennon, Tijuana, Nme, Public Theater, Facebook Twitter, Dylan


The Band Everyone Thought Was The Beatles: Revisit the Klaatu Conspiracy of 1976

In 1976, hundreds of diehard Beatles fans became convinced that the mysterious album 3:47 EST by the band Klaatu was actually a new release from The Beatles in disguise, after a DJ in Providence, Rhode Island played one of its songs on the radio. Shortly afterward, Steve Smith discovered the album at the newspaper he worked for, Rhode Island’s The Providence Journal, listened to it, and became immediately intrigued. The album contained no photographs, no identifying information at all, a...
Tags: Google, Music, California, College, Toronto, Paul Mccartney, Smith, Steve Smith, Rhode Island, Ringo Starr, Beatles, Starr, Mccartney, Lennon, Cbc, Facebook Twitter


Visualizing the Bass Playing Style of Motown’s Iconic Bassist James Jamerson: “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “For Once in My Life” & More

As part of Motown’s Funk Brothers house band, James Jamerson was the bubbling bass player behind hundreds of hit records from Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas, and plenty more. His licks duck and dive and weave like Ali but never get in the way of the melody or the rest of the band. Paul McCartney was an early fan, but for the general public, Jamerson was not a household name for decades--Motown never listed the Wrecking Crew in its credits--until much l...
Tags: Google, Music, Youtube, College, Paul Mccartney, Marvin Gaye, Mccartney, Ali, Scott, Facebook Twitter, Motown, KCRW, Vandellas, Ted Mills, Jamerson, James Jamerson


A Virtual Tour of Every Place Referenced in The Beatles’ Lyrics: In 12 Minutes, Travel 25,000 Miles Across England, France, Russia, India & the US

Ach, the wonders and the blunders of the Internet. The wonder: Vanity Fair--lovely magazine, a bit too many stories about the royals and billionaires though--has the budget and the wherewithal to commission this video. It’s a 12 minute ride around the world using Google Maps, touching down to show locations mentioned in the Beatles lyrics, from Liverpool to the Black Mountain Hills of Dakota to Moscow, where the balalaikas are always ringing out. The blunder: it’s laced with inaccuracies...
Tags: Google, Music, London, Youtube, College, France, Scotland, India, John Lennon, US, George Harrison, America, Liverpool, Southampton, Paul Mccartney, Moscow


How J.R.R. Tolkien Influenced Classic Rock & Metal: A Video Introduction

The influence of J.R.R. Tolkien on metal is so wide and deep it has become almost cliché. There are countless Tolkien-themed songs, albums, band names, and an entire subgenre of Tolkien metal in which the fantasy master's work has become “the foundation,” as Loudwire writes, that such bands “have built their persona upon.” After all, “the doomy hellscape of Mordor is a setting that rivals hell itself, making it the perfect fodder for lyrical brutality.” Of course, there’s more to the fas...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Stanley Kubrick, John, Sam, Peter Jackson, Tolkien, Mccartney, George, Zeppelin, Facebook Twitter, J R R Tolkien, Josh Jones, Loudwire, Frodo Ringo


Introducing the Mellotron: A Groovy 1965 Demonstration of the “Musical Computer” Used by The Beatles, Moody Blues & Other Psychedelic Pop Artists

With a name like a laid back 60s robot, the Mellotron has been most closely associated with psychedelic pop like The Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields Forever,” the Moody Blues “Nights in White Satin,” and David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” But the early sampling keyboard, an electro-acoustic device that used pre-recorded tape strips mounted inside an organ-like keyboard, was first marketed, Gordon Reid writes at Sound on Sound, to “old-time/modern/Latin dance audiences.” It was supposed to convinc...
Tags: Google, Music, College, David Bowie, Mccartney, Nixon, Robinson, Facebook Twitter, Lawrence Welk, Reid, Nord, Josh Jones, Moody Blues, Lennon McCartney, Rick Wakeman, Gordon Reid


How Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” Was Born From an Argument Between Roger Waters & David Gilmour

Retrospectives of Pink Floyd tend to devolve into rehashing fights between Roger Waters and David Gilmour, but there’s good reason for that. Some of the band’s best work came out of this personal and creative tension, especially their most beloved song, “Comfortably Numb,” which, as we know it, emerged as a compromise between two different visions. Unlike, say, Lennon and McCartney, who made some excellent music without each other, Gilmour and Waters never shined as brightly as when they...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Pink Floyd, Dave, Mccartney, Lennon, Blake, Facebook Twitter, Roger, Josh Jones, David Gilmour, Gilmour, Stephane Grappelli, Durham NC Follow, Bob Ezrin


Paul McCartney Breaks Down His Most Famous Songs and Answers Most-Asked Fan Questions in Two New Videos

Paul McCartney has played it safe for decades, relying on the brilliance of his songwriting and musicianship, which no one ever doubts and so he never has to prove. His songs usually fall into a formula familiar from Beatles’ days: “silly love songs,” writes Stephen Earlewine at Pitchfork, “mini-suites… polite political protests, and old-fashioned rockers.” But while the Beatles had each other, the experiments of George Martin, LSD, transcendental meditation, and a moment of perfect cult...
Tags: Apple, Google, Music, College, Wings, Egypt, Liverpool, Paul Mccartney, Rolling Stone, Mccartney, Nick Drake, PAUL, Facebook Twitter, Pitchfork, Josh Jones, George Martin


Did Lennon or McCartney Write the Beatles 1965 Song “In My Life”? A Math Professor, Using Statistics, Solves the Decades-Old Mystery

In 2009, guitarist Randy Bachman of the Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive had the rare opportunity to hear the individual tracks that make up that mythic opening chord in the Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night,” an enigma that has baffled musicians for decades. Bachman found that it’s actually made up of a combination of different chords played all at once by George, John, and Paul. The discovery made for a great story, and Bachman told it the following year on his CBC radio show. Unbekno...
Tags: Google, Math, Music, College, Stanford, George Harrison, Harvard, Playboy, Npr, Mccartney, Lennon, Cbc, Brown, PAUL, Facebook Twitter, Cirque


A 17-Hour Chronological Playlist of Beatles Songs: 338 Tracks Let You Hear the Musical Evolution of the Iconic Band

The Beatles have seemingly never been just a band; they’ve been a brand, a history, an institution, a genre, a generational soundtrack, a merchandising empire, and so much more—possessed of the kind of cultural importance that makes it impossible to think of them as only musicians. Their “narrative arc,” Tom Ewing writes at Pitchfork, from Beatlemania to their current enshrinement and everything in-between, “is irresistible.” But the story of the Beatles as we typically understand it, Ew...
Tags: Google, Music, College, John Lennon, Britain, Sheffield, Jesus, Olympus, Beatles, Mccartney, Ed Sullivan, Decca, Facebook Twitter, Ewing, Josh Jones, Epstein


Hear Paul McCartney’s Experimental Christmas Mixtape: A Rare & Forgotten Recording from 1965

If you hear someone complaining about the scarcity of good Christmas music, you know they’re doing something wrong. As we pointed out a couple years back, you can keep a Christmas party going for hours upon hours with holiday classics and funky originals from James Brown, Johnny Cash, The Jackson 5, Dinah Washington, Willie Nelson, Ella Fitzgerald, The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Low, Bad Religion, Christopher Lee, The Ventures, and so much more besides. And then there’s the Beatles, whom we ...
Tags: Google, Music, New York, College, Christopher Lee, James Brown, David Bowie, Paul Mccartney, John, Rolling Stone, Beatles, Ringo, Mccartney, Nat King Cole, PAUL, Facebook Twitter


Watch John Lennon’s Last Live Performance (1975): “Imagine,” “Stand By Me” & More

After each heartbreaking loss of a musical icon this past year and a half, we have turned to their greatest moments onstage, not necessarily their last, because their final shows weren’t always all that memorable. Declining health, bad recordings… and not every gig is a good one even in the best of times and with the best of performers. But when it comes to John Lennon’s last public appearance, I like to think he might have left the stage exactly the way he wanted to, as a rocker, a prov...
Tags: Google, Music, New York, Hollywood, College, John Lennon, Orson Welles, Elton John, Paul Mccartney, Richard, Frank Zappa, Mccartney, Lennon, Lucy, Elton, Charleston


Paul McCartney Admits to Dropping Acid in a Scrappy Interview with a Prying Reporter (June, 1967)

When we think of LSD and the Beatles, John Lennon invariably gets the nod as the main mind expander of the group. After all, despite all protestations to the contrary, “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” literally spells out Lennon’s indulgence in the psychedelic drug. But it was Paul, as seen in this above newsreel, who announced that he himself had dropped acid before any other band member admitted to such. And in doing so, knowing the whole world was watching, McCartney insisted on tellin...
Tags: Google, Music, London, College, John Lennon, Paul Mccartney, John, Mccartney, Lennon, Lucy, PAUL, Facebook Twitter, Harrison, KCRW, Mal, Sgt Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club


Watch Frank Sinatra Record “It Was a Very Good Year” in the Studio in 1965, and You’ll Know Why They Called Him “The Voice”

I’ll be honest, for a long time when I thought of Frank Sinatra, I thought of Marilyn Monroe, ratpack films, and the Olive Garden. That is, until I lived for a short time near The Bronx’s Arthur Avenue, the best Little Italy in New York. Sinatra poured from the speakers of Italian eateries and cigar and pastry shops. It dramatically increased the quality of my pleasant associations with his music. Still, I rarely listened very closely. I can’t entirely blame pop culture for turning him into...
Tags: Google, Music, Youtube, College, Bob Dylan, Italy, David Bowie, Paul Mccartney, Marilyn Monroe, Mars, Bronx, Frank Sinatra, Mccartney, Ipanema, Sinatra, Bowie


How The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Changed Album Cover Design Forever

I am older than Evan Puschak, The Nerdwriter, one of a handful who have mastered the online video essay. But I still find myself agreeing with his take on the music video as mostly unnecessary and distracting. At least at first. Then I get nostalgic and remember some of the videos of my youth, like, say The Cure’s “Pictures of You” or Boyz II Men’s “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday”—both bittersweet tracks about nostalgia—and I feel differently. The video can have a powerful emot...
Tags: Google, Art, Music, College, Andy Warhol, Peter Blake, Mccartney, Columbia Records, Blake, Facebook Twitter, Evan Puschak, Josh Jones, Aubrey Beardsley, Sgt Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club, Sgt Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Durham NC Follow


The Genius of Paul McCartney’s Bass Playing in 7 Isolated Tracks

In many a musical situation, one can communicate an entire playing style in a name. When it comes to the bass—in pop music, at least—one of the foremost of those names is Paul McCartney, whose soulful basslines have given us some of the most memorable melodies in music history. McCartney started out—in the Quarrymen, then The Beatles—on rhythm guitar and piano, only taking over the bass when Stuart Sutcliffe left the band in 1961. And while it’s true that he’s distinguished himself in al...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Paul Mccartney, Mccartney, Mitchell, PAUL, Facebook Twitter, Susanna Hoffs, Geddy Lee, Abbey Road, Stuart Sutcliffe, Durham NC Follow, Joe Bosso, Zach Blumenfeld


Designer Spotlight: Stella McCartney

Celebrity spawn turned ethical fashion designer. Stella SS17 Source:Stella McCartney Children of public figures have it easy in many respects, but they often struggle with achieving success independent of their famous parents. Their accomplishments, no matter how great, are usually discounted and attributed to "fame by association." That was the case for designer Stella McCartney, daughter of musician Paul McCartney and animal rights activist and photographer Linda McCartney. As Paul McCartney...
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Jimi Hendrix Plays “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” for The Beatles, Just Three Days After the Album’s Release (1967)

There are many ways to celebrate a new album from a band you admire. You can have a listening party alone. You can have a listening party with friends. You can learn the title track in a couple days and play it onstage while the band you admire sits in the audience. That last one might be overkill. Unless you’re Jimi Hendrix. Hendrix was so excited after the UK release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967 that he opened a set at London’s Saville Theater with his own, Hendrix-...
Tags: Google, Music, UK, London, College, George Harrison, Bbc, Jimi Hendrix, Mccartney, Eric Clapton, Nme, Benjamin, Facebook Twitter, Clapton, Hendrix, Josh Jones


Physician parents, physician children. Why?

Upon starting medical school, I remember feeling amazed to learn just how many of my classmates had physician parents. I felt like I was in the minority, not having any family members of my own who were doctors. This made me realize: Physician parents tend to breed physician children. But why? I soon discovered that the answer may lie in the genetics of personality. The academic study of personality has grown extensively over the course of the past century. Moreover, the topic has captured publi...
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Paul McCartney Shows You How to Make Mashed Potatoes (1998)

10 minutes of Macca making mash. That’s what’s on the menu today. The clip above was shot back in December 1998, only eight months after Paul McCartney lost his wife Linda to breast cancer. Devastated by the loss, McCartney stayed out of the limelight for most of that year. And only with this show did he start entering public life again. A chance to remember Linda, an opportunity to experiment with this new thing called the internet, the show let Paul field questions from fans worldwide,...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Harvard, Food & Drink, Paul Mccartney, David Lynch, Mccartney, PAUL, Facebook Twitter, Linda, Macca, Linda McCartney


Get a Fly-on-the-Wall View of John Lennon Recording & Arranging His Classic Song, “Imagine” (1971)

In a recent interview, the perennially cheerful Paul McCartney talked candidly about his depression after the Beatles’ 1970 breakup, a revelation that may have come as a surprise to some people given Sir Paul’s general level of, well, cheer. But, “you would be too if it happened to you,” said McCartney, admitting that he “took to the bevvies… to a wee dram” (and making even a drinking problem sound upbeat). Where McCartney admits he struggled to find his footing again musically, two of h...
Tags: Google, Music, College, John Lennon, George Harrison, Yoko Ono, Paul Mccartney, Davis, Playboy, Miles Davis, John, Dick Cavett, Mccartney, Lennon, Phil Spector, PAUL



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