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April 16, 2005 | Geoff Boucher and Randy Lewis, Times Staff Writers
When Michael Jackson bought the publishing rights to the Beatles catalog for $47.5 million two decades ago, he said the song he coveted most was "Yesterday." In those brighter times, his own troubles seemed so far away. But today is another matter.
October 15, 2004 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
Cirque du Soleil will mount a Las Vegas production based on Beatles music, replacing the Siegfried & Roy show at the Mirage hotel and casino in 2006, the partners in the project announced Thursday. Beatles producer George Martin will oversee the music. Neither of the surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, will perform, but they issued statements supporting the project, as did Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, the widows of John Lennon and George Harrison.
October 13, 2004 | Randy Lewis, Times Staff Writer
America, meet the Beatles. Again. For the first time in the CD era, Capitol Records is issuing the Fab Four's albums as they originally appeared and sounded in the United States. The first batch will be bundled in a four-CD set and titled "The Capitol Albums, Vol. 1," to be released Nov. 16.
August 22, 2004 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
A long time ago -- as one of them pointed out on a CD -- they were Fab. More than 40 years ago, a KRLA disc jockey named Bob Eubanks watched the Beatles sing on "The Ed Sullivan Show," and days later decided to mortgage his house to bring them to Los Angeles for their first local appearance. By February 1964, when the nation's youths were riveted to black-and-white TV screens, the simplicity and innocence of the 1950s had ended. On Nov.
August 19, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Beatles material reportedly bought for $35 last month by a British tourist at an Australian flea market is not rare memorabilia, a Beatles expert said. London's Times newspaper had reported that a suitcase bought by Fraser Claughton, 41, was packed with Beatles photos, concert programs and unreleased recordings. But Pete Nash, a memorabilia expert who examined the contents, said he saw photocopied ticket stubs, laser-scanned pictures from the 1990s -- and no rare recordings.
July 14, 2004 | From Associated Press
All you need is luck. A vacationer who purchased a suitcase at an Australian flea market found a trove of Beatles memorabilia inside, including photos, concert programs and unreleased recordings, a London newspaper reported Tuesday. While the materials have yet to be authenticated, the Times said, some experts believe the collection is the lost "Mal Evans archive," originally belonging to the Beatles' roadie and recording engineer.
June 15, 2004 | Randy Lewis, Times Staff Writer
How different might "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" sound if Mick Jagger revealed that the Rolling Stones' classic was really about his failure to get a faulty toaster replaced under warranty? What if it were just a missing contact lens that inspired Bono to write U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"?
June 10, 2004 | From Reuters
Representatives of the Beatles are said to be in discussions with various online music services about licensing their songs for distribution on the Internet. Representatives of the group's two surviving members, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, could not be reached for comment. The British band has been one of the longest holdouts in releasing their catalog for sale online.
June 3, 2004 | Randy Lewis
Paul McCartney says the Beatles' hit "Got to Get You Into My Life" was a song about marijuana, "Day Tripper" was about LSD and "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" was indeed about dropping acid. In a new interview in which he details his drug use while he was a member of the Fab Four, published this week in Uncut magazine, McCartney says he unknowingly tried heroin once and used cocaine for about a year around the time the group was working on its landmark 1967 album "Sgt.
March 31, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
A U.S. judge ruled that a trademark lawsuit brought by Apple Computer Inc. against a company owned by members of the Beatles and their families can be heard in California. District Judge Ronald Whyte in San Jose last week denied a motion to dismiss filed by Apple Corps Ltd. However, the British High Court still has to rule on the request by Apple Computer, which sells iPod digital music players, to move the suit to the U.S.
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