Thursday, April 19, 2018

Ringo releases video for "Give More Love," announces 2018 birthday plans

Better late than never, I guess. Ringo Starr has released a video to "Give More Love," the title track of his 2017 album.

It's also been announced that Hard Rock Cafe locations will air a video message from Ringo on his birthday on July 7. The date marks his 78th year, and the tenth anniversary of his annual "peace and love" event, in which he asks fans to join him in wishing for world peace and harmony.

“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday, or a better gift I could ask for, then Peace & Love,” says Starr. “I was blown away last year with how far this idea keeps spreading – we started in New Zealand, had people sending Peace & Love from Antarctica, Japan, Costa Rica, India, Russia, Brazil, Europe, London, Liverpool and Hawaii. It was so far out.

“So here we are ten years later and it keeps growing. I want to thank Capitol who have hosted us the last four years, Hard Rock, the David Lynch Foundation and everyone for continuing to help spread Peace & Love, Ringo.”

Gala ticket to "Yellow Submarine" world premiere, July 17, 1968

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

History: Those crazy Liverpool band names, Record Mirror, Aug.4, 1962

From Record Mirror, Aug. 4, 1962:

IS THE Liverpool area the rockingest part of the great British Isles? A publication, Mersey Beat, just arrived, makes me think this is the case.

... groups mentioned include the Tremors, Fabulous Fourtones, the Deltas, the Skyliners, the Tremolos, Rick Shaw & The Dolphins, Ken Tracey and the Beat Squad, the Cyclones, the Dakotas, the Zodiacs, the Midnighters, the Four Jays, Group One, the Bluegenes, Gerry and the Pacemakers, the Solohettes, the Mersey Beats, the Dennisons, the Searchers.

Names that intrigue are the Beatles (who were billed as big as Bruce Channel in Liverpool), the Spidermen, the Morockans.

... More names: Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, whose names include some that their mothers never thought of, I reckon – Johnny Guitar (he’s 21), Ringo Starr (21) and Ty Brian (21).

Monday, April 16, 2018

Eric Clapton "Life in 12 Bars" soundtrack features Beatles, George Harrison tunes

Beatles tunes don't get anthologized much, but Eric Clapton had a special relationship to the group, having collaborated with George Harrison on a number of projects and, of course, having provided the famed solo on "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."

So, it's no huge surprise to see that tune and a few other Beatles-related tracks included on the soundtrack to "Life in 12 Bars," a documentary film about Clapton now airing on HBO.

The Life in 12 Bars soundtrack is due out June 8 and includes the Beatles' recording of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," Cream's "Badge" (which was co-written by Clapton and George, and George's "My Sweet Lord," which features Clapton on guitar.

You can order the soundtrack from Amazon now. The film is also out on Blu-ray June 8.

Ed Sheeran to provide cameo, music to new Beatles-themed comedy

Singer Ed Sheeran will appear in a cameo in and provide music to a new Beatles-themed comedy, "All You Need is Love," directed Danny Boyle ("Trainspotting") and written by Richard Curtis ("Four Weddings).

The musical comedy follows a busker who wakes up to find he is the only person who can remember the Beatles.

Vintage Beatles pic: Paul