Fleetwood Mac ‘Rumours’ is #1

On This Day in Rock: April 2

In 1955, Elvis Presley (with Scotty Moore and Bill Black), Slim Whitman, Hoot and Curley, Johnny Horton, Tibby Edwards and Floyd Cramer all appear at the Louisiana Hayride broadcast from Shreveport Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana, and shown on KWKH Television.

In 1970, Phil Spector completes final editing and mixing for The Beatles Let It Be album, 16 months after the Get Back project had begun.

And in 1977, Fleetwood Mac rockets to No.1 on the US album chart with Rumours. The album is Fleetwood Mac’s most successful release; along with winning the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1978, the record has sold over 45 million copies worldwide.

1977: Stevie Wonder #1

On January 22 in Rock History

In 1977 – Wings went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Wings Over America’, Paul McCartney’s sixth US No.1 after The Beatles.

In 1977 – Stevie Wonder went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Wish’, his 5th US No.1, it made No.5 in the UK.

In 1969 – The Beatles moved from Twickenham Film Studios to Apple studios in London to start recording the “Get Back” LP. Billy Preston was brought into the sessions (John, Paul, and George knew Preston from 1962, when he was a member of Little Richard’s backing group). The Beatles were determined to record the album “live”, flaws and all.

And in 1964 – The Yardbirds featuring Eric Clapton appeared at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England.


Sir George Martin is Born

On January 3, 1926, Sir George Martin, who produced most of the Beatles’ most memorable recordings, is born in London.

When he was six, Martin’s family acquired a piano that sparked his interest in music. Following his graduation from high school, he worked for the BBC’s classical music department, then joined EMI in 1950. He was mostly known for producing classical and comedy recordings until The Beatles auditioned for Martin on June 6 of 1962, in Studio Three at the Abbey Road studios.

From that point, Martin would go on to produce all of the Beatles recordings until their final album Let It Be, which Phil Spector produced.

In addition to The Beatles, Martin produced other hit records by Cheap Trick, the Little River Band, America, Jeff Beck, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Gerry & The Pacemakers.

Sir Martin passed away at the age of 90, on March 8, 2016.

Happy birthday to an iconic musical figure! Tune into KMZN 99.5FM or 740AM to hear more On This Day in Rock History with DJ Bob Allen on The Morning Brew.

Ringo Starr May Be Knighted Soon

It is believed that Beatles drummer Ringo Starr will be honored with a knighthood. One British tabloid is reporting that he is mentioned in the Queen’s New Year honors list in recognition of his services to music and charity.

The official announcement will be made on Jan. 1, but the Sun reported that a close friend had confirmed Starr’s name would appear on the list for 2018. “It came as a bolt from the blue. Ringo was totally knocked sideways, but is chuffed to bits,” said the source.

Bandmate Paul McCartney was knighted in 1997. All four members of the Beatles were given MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) awards in 1965 – although John Lennon sent his back as a political protest four years later.

Starr, 77, was said to have “given up all hope” of being knighted until he was notified by letter a few weeks ago. “He’ll feel 10 feet tall when he goes back [to Buckingham Palace],” said another source. “[G]iving Ringo a knighthood will do some way towards recognizing the contribution the Beatles made to popular music.” Adding that it was “long overdue,” the source also described Starr as a “beacon of Beatlemania.”

McCartney had previously insisted “it’s about time” the honor was conferred. Replying to the suggestion that he should ask the Queen himself, he said: “The last time I went by, she was out. Otherwise I would have popped in and said, ‘Look, love, Sir Richard Starkey.’”

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.

Paul McCartney: Working With Kanye West Was ‘Intriguing Process’

Paul McCartney recently did a Facebook Live chat on his page, hosted by Tim Minchin. During the live chat, McCartney was asked about his collaboration with Kanye West in 2015.  The duo had worked together to produce three songs that would be released by West; “Only One”, “All Day”, and “FourFiveSeconds”, which also featured Rihanna.

“I got a phone call and my manager said, ‘Kanye West would like to work with you,’” McCartney told Minchin. “And I go, ‘Yeah, we’ll do it.’ I was a little bit nervous at first because I thought it could go horribly wrong. But I was intrigued to see what he was up to and how he did it.”
McCartney said “it was a very intriguing process. You basically don’t write songs. You basically just talk and noodle a bit and you record it all on your phone. And then he goes away. And that’s basically his record. But it was great doing it because I don’t work like that.”

McCartney compared the process of working with West to his time working with The Beatles on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

“So I was waiting three months after we’d finished [recording],” McCartney said. “I didn’t really hear anything but ‘Hey, bro, what’s going on?’ But I’m thinking, should I say, ‘Did we write a song? Will a record come out of this?’ Anyway, this arrives and it’s a Rihanna song. … I said, ‘This is great! I have to ring up and say, ‘Am I on this?’ And he goes, ‘Oh, yeah. You’re the guitar player.’ I go, ‘I don’t remember.’ And he said, ‘We sped it up.’ So they manipulated this, kind of – although, we’re talking about Sgt. Pepper, we loved manipulating. So I think we would have been into a lot of these tricks nowadays because we did speed things up a little bit.”

June 16th: On This Day

On this day in 1965, Bob Dylan recorded “Like A Rolling Stone” at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City.  The song was recorded in sessions that later would contribute to the Highway 61 Revisited album.

“Like A Rolling Stone” became Dylan’s most commercially successful release to date, remaining in the US charts for 12 weeks, where it peaked at #1 The Beatles‘ “Help!”.

The song is listed as the #1 Greatest Songs of All Time on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list.

May 30th: On This Day

On this day in 1968, The Beatles began recording what would become their ninth studio album, The Beatles, also known as The White Album. The album was the first Beatles record to be released on the Apple label.

The Beatles achieved huge success in the US, selling 3.3 million copies in its first four days. It spent nine weeks at the top of the Billboard 200 chart.

The Beatles has since become the most certified album for the group, becoming 19x Platinum.


Paul McCartney Shows Off His ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’ Look

Paul McCartney took to his social media Saturday and showed off his look for the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie.
McCartney filmed a cameo for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the Johnny Depp-led saga, which is set for release on May 26.

E Online reported that the former Beatle will play a jail guard in the film.

Of course, McCartney isn’t the first rock star from the British Invasion to show up in the Pirates Saga. Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards has played Jack Sparrow’s (Depp’s) father, Captain Teague, in two of the films.

Unseen Footage of Beatles Movie ‘Help!’ Surfaces

An actor who worked on The Beatles film Help! has unearthed some never-before-seen footage from the set.

According to The Guardian, the late actor, Leo McKern, captured the footage of the band during their downtime on set at an Austrian ski resort. The paper reports the footage “shows the Fab Four being very larky and giggly, pretending to play instruments in a brass band and messing around with their stunt doubles.”

The footage has been stored away for more than 50 years and was never released. McKern’s daughter, Abigail, went through the archives with book dealer and actor Neil Pearson to “help disperse her mother’s collection of children’s literature.”

McKern’s footage will be going on sale, with the Guardian listing the asking price at $45,000. Before it goes on sale, the footage will be shown on British television tonight (May 12th). Abigail McKern is scheduled to help present clips on the BBC program The One Show alongside Paul McCartney‘s stunt double and Eleanor Bron, who played a villainous high priestess in the movie.

“It is unseen footage of people who were, at that time, the most famous people on earth,” said Pearson. “It is footage of golden age Beatles, fooling around between takes, waiting for something to happen … I know that feeling.”


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