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Nilsson, Lennon Ejected from Troubador in LA

March 12: This Day in Rock History

In 2006 – Bob Geldof is honored with a special achievement accolade at the German industry’s annual Echo Awards in Berlin. The veteran Irish musician and humanitarian is lauded for masterminding the historic Live 8 concerts, and for his distinguished career both as frontman of the Boomtown Rats and as a solo artist.

In 2004 – A warrant is issued for the arrest of Rosalind Morganfield, the daughter of blues giant Muddy Waters, in Gainesville, Fla. Morganfield is wanted for the murder of a 19-year-old man in 1996.

In 1974 – Nilsson and John Lennon are ejected from the Troubador Club in Los Angeles for heckling Tom Smothers’ comedy act. Lennon is also charged with hitting a photographer in the eye.

And in 1971 – Jethro Tull release their fourth studio album, “Aqualung”.

Elton John Hits #1 with Beatles Cover

On Dec. 29, 1974, Elton John’s cover of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” hits number one on the charts. The John Lennon-Paul McCartney song first appeared on the Beatles album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” in 1967.

Here’s a clip of Elton’s performance of the song from the BBC series “Top Of The Pops”:

Paul McCartney and Sony Settle Beatles Catalog Suit

Back in January of this year, Paul McCartney sued Sony over the rights to The Beatles catalog. McCartney did so to ensure he would not be in breach when he decided to reclaim his rights.

It appears that McCartney and Sony have settled the lawsuit, according to The Hollywood Reporter, though the details of the settlement are unknown.

 

“The parties have resolved this matter by entering into a confidential settlement agreement and jointly request that the Court enters the enclosed proposed order dismissing the above-referenced action without prejudice,” Michael Jacobs, McCartney’s attorney told U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos.

The rights to the Beatles catalog was famously fought over between McCartney and Michael Jackson in 1985, where the latter outbid him during the sale. Jackson bought ATV, the company that had owned the copyrights to the Beatles songs for $47 million.

Jackson would later share half of the rights to Sony for $100 million. After the King of Pop’s death in 2009, his estate sold the other half to Sony for $750 million.

McCartney’s case stems from Section 304(c) of the Copyright Act of 1976. Section 304(c) states that authors can reclaim their ownership interests in any works assigned by them prior to January 1, 1978, after 56 years. Under this law, McCartney’s songs, written with John Lennon, would become available to him in 2018.

Attorneys for both parties declined further comment.

Yoko Ono to Be Added to Songwriting Credit for “Imagine”

Efforts are underway to change the songwriting credits of “Imagine” by John Lennon to include Yoko Ono’s name as well.

This news comes from the National Music Publishers Associations (NMPA) annual meeting, where Ono was on hand with her son, Sean Ono Lennon, to accept the association’s Centennial Song Award for “Imagine”, on John Lennon’s behalf.

During the meeting, video footage was shown from 1980 where Lennon said Ono deserved co-writing credit due to her “influence and inspiration”. It appears that those wishes will now be fulfilled.

The change to the credits is not a simple process, with many factors to be considered. The change should happen quicker than most cases, however, as Ono is the beneficiary to Lennon’s estate.

There currently is no quote from Ono on the decision.

 

May 26th: On This Day

On this day in 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono began an eight-day “bed in:, in room 1742 of The Hotel La Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Canada, to promote world peace.

They recorded “Give Peace a Chance” in the hotel room (Petula Clark can be heard on the chorus). The song was credited to Lennon & McCartney, even though Paul had nothing to do with the record.

May 5th: On This Day

On this day in 1969, The Beatles released “Get Back” as a single in the US. The song was originally released just as a single credited to “The Beatles with Billy Preston.” Eventually, a different mix would wind up as the closing track for the album Let It Be.  The single version was later issued on the compilation albums 1967–1970, 20 Greatest Hits, Past Masters, and 1.

John Lennon stated in 1980 that Paul McCartney looked at Yoko Ono in the studio every time he sang “Get back to where you once belonged.” Lennon also stated that “there’s some underlying thing about Yoko in there”.

The song hit #1 on nearly every single major pop chart and was Certified Double Platinum by the RIAA.

April 28th: On This Day

On this day in 1964, The Beatles recorded the TV special Around The Beatles at Wembley studios England. The special was shown internationally on May 6th of the same year, and in the US on November 15th.

The show opened with a rendition of “play within a play” from “A Midsummer Nights Dream”. Paul McCartney played Pyramus, John Lennon as his lover Thisbe, George Harrison as Moonshine, and Ringo Starr as Lion.

The Beatles would also perform multiple songs including “Twist and Shout”, “Roll Over Beethoven”, and a medley of “Love Me Do/Please Please Me/From Me to You/She Loves You/I Want to Hold Your Hand”.

February 20th: On This Day

On this day in 1970,  ‘Instant Karma!’ by The Plastic Ono Band was released in the US. The song was written by John Lennon and was recorded and released within a period of ten days, making it one of the fastest-released songs in pop music history. The song reached the top five in the British and American singles charts, competing with the Beatles‘ “Let It Be” in America.

The song was the first single of any of the members of the Beatles to reach one million buys.

Yoko Ono Producing Film About Her And John Lennon’s Relationship

The Hollywood Reporter has released details regarding a film produced by Yoko Ono about her relationship with John Lennon. The film has yet to be titled but is currently being written by Anthony McCarten, who is also producing.

McCarten isn’t new to the biopic world, as he is credited on the Oscar-nominated screenplay for The Theory of Everything, the film about the life of the incredible physicist Stephen Hawking.

The film should raise a few eyebrows to rock fans, as  Lennon and Ono’s relationship has been very scrutinized in rock history, for reasons both creative and personal. The pair met while Lennon was still married to his first wife, and Ono’s influence has long been a point of contention for Beatles fans.

January 20th: On This Day

On this day in 1988, The Beatles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. George Harrison, Ringo Starr were the only Beatles to attend. Yoko, Sean, and Julian Lennon all attended for John Lennon Posthumously. Paul McCartney did not attend, sending instead a letter stating that continuing business differences with the other ex-Beatles was the reason for his absence.

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