Friday, January 13, 2017

Beatles Bits: Weekly news roundup

Funeral services for early Beatles promoter Allan Williams were held this week in Liverpool. Williams died in December at age 86. There's no report on whether associates such as Pete Best attended the service. Nor were there any public comments or statements from Ringo, Paul or other members of the Beatles camp.

Williams secured the Beatles their first bookings in Hamburg, Germany, which were crucial to their development as a band. He's often billed as the band's first manager.


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Sean Lennon attended the launch of a new line of clothing designs by Stella McCartney in New York this week.

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Liverpool artist Tony Booth, who designed signs for many of the Beatles' early Liverpool-area gigs, died this week at age 83. An exhibition of some of his signs was held in Liverpool last August, and he also designed signs for the 60th anniversary of the Cavern Club, which is being celebrated this weekend.


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Ron Howard's documentary, "Eight Days a Week" Beatles' touring year documentary has been nominated for a BAFTA Award. The film has grossed $12.2 million worldwide.


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Paul McCartney was among celebrities who attended a farewell bash in honor of President Obama last weekend.

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Plug: Readers of the Glass Onion Beatles Journal may enjoy our new sister blog, Pop '67!, which focuses on the pop culture of 50 years ago. Check it out!


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