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April 27, 1988 | DEBORAH CAULFIELD, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Lawyers for Paul McCartney, George Harrison and John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono temporarily stopped a London record company Tuesday from selling an album repackaging early Beatles' recordings. High Court Judge Sir Peter Millett adjourned the hearing for three weeks to allow lawyers to gather evidence. The company, Charly Records, which specializes in re-releasing previously recorded songs, produced the disputed album.
September 16, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A suburban basement in Liverpool where the Beatles played some of their earliest gigs was given protected heritage status by the British government Friday. The Casbah Coffee Club, created in the home of original Beatles drummer Pete Best, was given Grade II Listed status on the recommendation of conservation body English Heritage.
August 31, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
As I wrote in a preview earlier this week , the cast of the 1990s Nickelodeon series "The Adventures of Pete & Pete" was reunited Tuesday before a packed and ardent crowd at L.A.'s Orpheum Theater for what turned out to to be a (somewhat rambling, less than tight, but otherwise delightful) three-hour celebration of the deepest children's show -- and one of television's best shows -- ever. On a stage dressed significantly with a suburban lawn, a picket fence, a Stingray bike and a bowling ball, the main cast and a couple of guest players joined creators Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi and supervising director Katherine Dieckmann for a panel discussion with extras.
July 23, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Fired Beatles drummer Pete Best works in an unemployment office now and says he holds no grudges against the Fab Four. Best, who lives in Liverpool, England, where the Beatles got their start, attended a memorabilia swapping, movie viewing convention for Beatles fans over the weekend. Ringo Starr took over for Best in August, 1962, just days before the Beatles recorded a demo single of "Love Me Do." Best spent the years after his dismissal trying for a musical career of his own.
June 26, 1992 | ROY RIVENBURG
Bosses throughout history have searched for the perfect way to deal with troublesome employees. Among the recent techniques: * "We've Got a New Drummer." Successfully used by the Beatles to replace tom-tom man Pete Best with Ringo Starr. Disadvantages: Requires extreme caution. NBC tried similar strategy to oust "Today" show co-host Jane Pauley in favor of Deborah Norville, but ratings plunged. Norville even changed her first name to Ringo, but it was too late. * Invasion.
March 25, 2008 | Randy Lewis, Times Staff Writer
Neil Aspinall, a lifelong pal of the Beatles from their scuffling days in Liverpool who became their road manager and then spent nearly 40 years as the chief protector of the group's recorded legacy as head of Apple Corps, has died. He was 66. Aspinall died Sunday night of lung cancer at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, where he'd been treated since being diagnosed with the disease two months ago.
August 25, 2006 | Michael Hill, Associated Press
As the live beat of Beatles classics begins bouncing off the walls of the Elks Lodge, a man with a gray mustache stands before his drum set and speaks up in a Liverpool lilt. "Let's take you back," he tells the crowd, "to the days when I used to play with a bunch of guys by the names of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison...." Ringo Starr's playing the Elks club? No. Meet Pete Best, the drummer booted from the band just before Beatlemania exploded.
February 2, 2013 | By Karen Wada
Astrid Kirchherr met the Beatles in 1960 when they were five lads from Liverpool pounding out marathon shows at a club in a seedy part of her native Hamburg, Germany. She fell for the bass player, Stuart Sutcliffe, and found the others - John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Pete Best (the group's drummer before Ringo Starr) - fascinating. "I was just amazed how beautiful these boys looked," she told National Public Radio's Terry Gross in 2008. Kirchherr, a photographer's assistant, began taking pictures of her new friends.
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