September 4, 1997 |
Be careful who you pretend to be because one day you may wake up to find that's who you are. --Ward Cleaver * Pretending is a big thing in rock 'n' roll. Most groups at least pretend to be cool, and increasingly, many bands even pretend to be somebody else. These so-called tribute bands are everywhere, and according to John Cuda of Barra Cuda Productions, there are more than 100 tribute bands nationwide and about 40 in Southern California.
May 10, 1997 |
The association between Ravi Shankar and George Harrison dates back more than three decades, to their meeting in 1966 in London. Shankar, now 76, was already a much honored artist at the time, one who had toured Europe and the United States, recorded widely and composed music for films. But the connection with Harrison, the lead guitar in the enormously popular Beatles, gave him a kind of instant recognizability with the then-emerging boomer generation.
March 23, 1997 |
The original birth certificate of Sir Paul McCartney sold for $84,146, but it was a hard day's night after that on Saturday in the biggest-ever auction of Beatles memorabilia. In a sale marked by controversy and failure to meet hopes of world-record prices, bidders in Tokyo and London snapped up small mementos of the Fab Four but signaled that the Liverpool Lads' comeback in pop charts did not extend to the auction circuit.
January 6, 1997 |
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.
December 31, 1996 |
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 29, 1996 |
The first Orange County-bred rock star to sing and play on the stage of the Orange County Performing Arts Center will be . . . George Harrison. At least, that's the alias Jim Owen will be using on Saturday. Since his teens, this 30-year-old Westminster resident has been earning his living impersonating the quiet Beatle as a cast member in "Beatlemania" and other touring tributes to the Fab Four.
November 29, 1996 |
The first Orange County-bred rock star to sing and play on the stage of the Orange County Performing Arts Center will be . . . George Harrison. At least that's the alias Jim Owen will be singing and playing under Saturday. Since his teens, this 30-year-old Westminster resident has been earning his living impersonating the quiet Beatle as a cast member in "Beatlemania" and other touring tributes to the Fab Four.
November 29, 1995 |
'Beatles Anthology' Busts Sales Chart: The Fab Four made history again last week when the double-disc "Beatles Anthology, Vol. 1" sold a whopping 855,500 copies in the United States during its first week in the stores. That marks the biggest two-disc package sales showing since SoundScan began its computerized monitoring of music industry sales in 1991.
November 28, 1995 |
"The Beatles Anthology, Vol. I" possibly sold up to 1.2 million copies last week, which is believed to be the highest first-week total ever in the record business, the head of EMI Records said Monday. The question is how many of those "Anthology" sales will be formally reflected in figures collected by SoundScan, whose monitoring of U.S. sales is used as the official record industry standard.
November 24, 1995 |
It may be time to sell that Beatles record stashed away in the attic. The release of "Free as a Bird," the John Lennon song that "reunited" the group for its first recording in 25 years, has reignited Beatlemania on both sides of the Atlantic. So now may be the time to cash in Fab Four mementos for top dollar. "They're probably the most collectible" of rock 'n' roll bands, said Jim Henke, chief curator at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland.