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December 28, 2006 | From the Associated Press
An album cover signed by all four Beatles as a gift for George Harrison's sister has sold at auction for $115,228.82. The sale, to an unidentified buyer, was believed to set a record price for a signed Beatles album purchased at a public sale, said Mark Zakarin, president of the online auction company It's Only Rock 'N Roll ( The copy of "Meet the Beatles," the band's first U.S. release on Capitol Records, was put up for sale by Harrison's sister, Louise.
The first thing Casey Piotrowski wants to make clear is that he's not some crackpot with nothing better to do. It just happens that he likes the Beatles--a lot. And that is why this sometime actor, voice-over artist and former disc jockey has put his life on hold for most of the past year to single-mindedly pursue one goal: getting the Beatles a Grammy for their new song, "Real Love." Not just any Grammy, either, but the one for record of the year.
The licensing arm of Sony Corp. has a ticket to ride, and it is taking it as far as it can. Sony Signatures thinks it can cash in on interest in the Beatles that is expected to follow an upcoming three-night television special and take sales of Beatles mugs, board games, greeting cards and T-shirts to a new level. Though the defunct 1960s band remains one of the music industry's highest-grossing acts, sales of Beatles merchandise pales next to otheracts from yesteryear, such as Elvis Presley.
November 12, 1995 | David Gritten, David Gritten, who lives outside London, is a regular contributor to Calendar
At the height of its fame in the late 1960s, the Beatles' record company, Apple Corps Ltd., was a public spectacle of creative chaos. Situated on Savile Row, Apple became a magnet for musicians, artists, filmmakers and various eccentrics to pitch their ideas--and with any luck see them become reality, thanks to free-flowing Beatle funds. These wanna-bes would wait for days, weeks, even months for a pitch meeting with a Beatle.
July 11, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A monument to the Beatles will be built in Hamburg, Germany, where the Fab Four launched their international career 45 years ago. Radio station Oldie 95, the organizer, says the $625,000 steel monument will be built on a corner of the St. Pauli district near clubs where the Beatles played songs such as "Love Me Do" in 1962. The monument will represent Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and early Beatle Stuart Sutcliffe, who died in Hamburg in 1962, the radio station said.
January 17, 1994 | Associated Press
The closest possible thing to a Beatles reunion will happen next month when the three surviving members of the group go into the studio to record new music, the New Yorker magazine reported. Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr plan to record new music, not remake Beatles songs, the magazine says in its Jan. 24 issue, citing two unidentified sources at the Beatles' record label, EMI. The fourth Beatle, John Lennon, was murdered in New York City in 1980.
December 31, 1996 | The Washington Post
Paul McCartney, the former Beatle, is to become Sir Paul. The announcement of the honor--the first knighthood for an ex-Beatle--came more than three decades after the group took the world by storm, put Britain on the pop music map and revolutionized rock 'n' roll.
November 12, 1995 | Rip Rense, Rip Rense is an occasional contributor to The Times
If the Beatles are back, so are the big bucks. Call it "Beatlemania II"--the second coming of the greatest music marketing onslaught in history. Consider: * Shrink-wrapped buses in Los Angeles and New York turned into "Yellow Submarines" by '60s pop-artist Peter Max. * ABC renaming itself "A Beatles C," in honor of "The Beatles Anthology," which the network airs Nov. 19, 22 and 23. * Enormous projections of the Beatles on Manhattan skyscrapers.
January 22, 2004 | Randy Lewis, Times Staff Writer
I love conspiracy theories. The more outlandish the better. That's what made recent reports about a secret Beatles reunion in 1976 so irresistible. As the story went, John, Paul, George and Ringo quietly came together Nov. 2, 1976 -- six years after their painful breakup -- at a recording studio right here in Los Angeles. Evidently they wanted to see if the old magic was still there.
Meet the Beatles' producer, Otis Wilbury--also known as Jeff Lynne, who produced "Free as a Bird" and "Real Love," the first Beatles recordings since the group broke up in 1970. "One day, George [Harrison] said to me, 'You fancy doing it, then--the Beatles one?' And I said, 'Uhhhhh, yes, please,' " says Lynne, 47, a band mate of Harrison's in the star-studded Traveling Wilburys. "As soon as I realized I was going to be working with them, I was like 'Whoopee!'
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