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‘Lost’ Beatles recording found after 50 years

October 2, 2015
Photo: Johnnie Hamp

Photo: Johnnie Hamp

A recently re-discovered original recording of The Beatles singing ‘Some Other Guy’ at the legendary Cavern Club in 1962 is to go under the hammer as part of a Rock & Pop Memorabilia auction in Liverpool on 4 November 2015.

The old reel-to-reel tape had been languishing in a desk drawer for more than 50 years.

On 22 August 1962, The Beatles were filmed by a Granada Television crew at The Cavern, performing ‘Some Other Guy’ and ‘Kansas City’ for a TV programme called Know The North. However, the sound quality was so poor that it was unable to be broadcast.

When The Beatles came back to Liverpool after recording ‘Love Me Do’ at Abbey Road Studios in London, Granada TV sound engineer Gordon Butler returned to The Cavern with the band on 5 September 1962, with the intention of obtaining a better quality audio recording to dub over the original film footage. Butler took three microphones – two of which he placed on Lennon and McCartney.

The re-recording of ‘Some Other Guy’ reportedly sounded so good that the band’s manager Brian Epstein asked Butler to make five acetate copies which Epstein intended to use to promote the band.

Butler returned to Granada with the re-recorded tape and gave it to legendary TV producer Johnnie Hamp. But due to legal issues with other acts on the show, the programme was never screened and the tape remained in Hamp’s desk drawer for 50 years. He recently discovered it, and, with the help of Beatles historian Paul Wilde, listened to it on a reel-to-reel tape machine. He found the sound quality was still crystal clear five decades later.

The whereabouts of four of the ‘Some Other Guy’ acetates are unknown, but the fifth was sold at auction in 1993 for £16,000 to Apple Records, the label set up by The Beatles in 1968.

All proceeds from the sale of the tape will be donated to charity.

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New Bobby Vinton greatest hits album: ‘The Ultimate Epic Singles Collection’

July 16, 2013

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Bobby Vinton fans are being offered a new 2CD set which contains 40 of his greatest hits, B-sides and cover versions of classic songs from the 1960s. Titled Bobby Vinton – The Ultimate Epic Singles Collection, it is said to be “the most comprehensive Bobby Vinton ‘hits’ package ever released”.

Released on 12 August 2013, the collection features all of his hits, including ‘Roses Are Red (My Love)’, ‘Blue Velvet’, ‘Blue On Blue’ and ‘Mr. Lonely’, along with his take on songs like ‘Take Good Care of My Baby’, ‘Half Way to Paradise’ and ‘Sealed With A Kiss’.

Bobby Vinton, now aged 78, has been called “the most successful love singer of the rock era”. From his first hit record  ‘Roses Are Red (My Love)’ in 1962 through to 1972, he had more Number One singles than any other solo male artist.

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Elvis Presley’s burial crypt withdrawn from memorabilia auction

June 24, 2012

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The crypt in which Elvis Presley was first buried at Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee has been withdrawn from a Los Angeles auction after protests it should be kept as a shrine.

More than 10,000 fans signed a petition against the sale of the tomb which has remained empty since Elvis’s body was moved to a permanent site in the Graceland Meditation Garden in October 1977.

The cemetery says it now intends to find a plan “that best suits the interests of the fans while respecting and preserving the memory of Elvis”.

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Elvis Presley’s burial crypt for sale in memorabilia auction

June 7, 2012

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The stone chamber in which Elvis Presley was first buried at Forest Hill Cemetery, Memphis is to be offered for sale by a Beverly Hills auction house on June 23.

  The lot includes the private mausoleum crypt itself which has remained empty since Elvis’s body was moved to a permanent site in the Graceland Meditation Garden in October 1977. Bids are expected to start at $100,000 (£64,000).

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Elvis Presley … Through His Daughter’s Eyes

February 5, 2012

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Elvis Presley’s daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, is giving visitors to Graceland in Memphis a unique inside look at life with her father.

A new exhibition, Elvis … Through His Daughter’s Eyes, displays rarely-seen family photos, home movies and memorabilia from Lisa Marie’s childhood.

She says the new Graceland exhibit also includes some of Elvis’s “most amazing clothes ever” and a chest containing personal items he always took with him on tour.

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Ringo Starr marks 50th anniversary of joining The Beatles with new album, 2012

January 30, 2012

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Ringo Starr is marking his 50th Anniversary of joining The Beatles in August 1962 by releasing his 17th solo studio album, appropriately titled 2012.

Produced by the 71-year-old himself, the new nine-track album features Ringo’s familiar feel-good blend of blues, soul, country, honky-tonk and rock ‘n’ roll.

Guest performers on 2012 include The Eagles’ Joe Walsh, Benmont Tench from Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, The Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Don Was, Van Dyke Parks and Edgar Winter.

The album features a new song called ‘In Liverpool’ which Ringo co-wrote with Dave Stewart. The track gives Ringo a chance to reminisce about his life in the city of his youth.

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Freddy Cannon publishes autobiography ‘Where the Action Is’

December 22, 2011

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Freddy Cannon, now 72, reveals what it was like to become a teenage star during the early days of rock ‘n’ roll in his new autobiography, titled Where the Action Is.

Cannon scored a number of memorable UK Top 20 hits in the late-1950s and early-1960s, including ‘Tallahassee Lassie’ (1959), ‘Way Down Yonder in New Orleans’ (UK No. 3 in 1960), ‘Palisades Park’ (1962), and ‘Action’ (1965) from the US TV music show Where the Action Is.

His debut album, The Explosive Freddy Cannon, also topped the UK album charts in 1960.

Cannon has written his memoir in collaboration with Mark Bego, the author of 56 other pop and rock biographies on stars such as Elton John, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Billy Joel, and Aretha Franklin.

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The Faces, Donovan, Laura Nyro, Guns N’ Roses and Red Hot Chili Peppers to be inducted in US Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2012

December 16, 2011

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The US Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame’s inductees for 2012 will be the Small Faces/The Faces, Donovan, Laura Nyro, Guns N’ Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Beastie Boys, it has been announced.

Blues guitarist Freddie King, who died in 1976, will be inducted as an “early influence”.

Music publisher Don Kirshner will receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award, while producers Glyn Johns, Tom Dowd and Cosimo Matassa will receive awards for “musical excellence”.

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Classic hit songs and golden oldies from the 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s ‘speak the language of emotion’, say researchers

November 29, 2011

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Music is sometimes called ‘the language of emotion’ because it has an amazing power to influence people’s emotions and behaviour. It can affect and stimulate many different parts of the brain and body, and can reduce stress, aid relaxation, and alleviate depression.

In fact, scientists have found that a piece of music can become so closely associated with an event from a person’s life that hearing the music again evokes powerful memories of the original experience.

A recent study revealed that the memories triggered by music – such as classic hits and golden oldies from the 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s – tend to involve relationships with past or present lovers, or experiences with family and friends.

Most significantly, though, the study found a substantial bias towards music evoking memories of happy events that can cheer us up during these worrying economic times.

In 2008, researchers at the University of Leeds conducted a Magical Memory Tour during which they asked people to record their memories of the Beatles in an online survey. The study set out to use people’s autobiographical memories of Beatles songs, albums, movies, concerts, and news events to show how music — particularly the music of the most influential band of the rock ‘n’ roll era — can be used to retrieve memories that have been all but forgotten.

Most people who took part in the survey fell within the 55 to 65 age range, having been teenagers in the 1960s when the Fab Four were still together. The song that cued the most memories among middle-aged people was ‘She Loves You’, while ‘Love Me Do’ cued the most memories among the over-60s.

The researchers found that the memories evoked by the Beatles songs were surprisingly detailed and provided diverse snapshot images of long-forgotten times and places.

For one 57-year-old man, for example, ‘She Loves You’ triggered a memory of the weather on the first night he heard the song at the age of 11; another man remembered lying in the grass at age seven and playing with his toy soldiers as ‘Penny Lane’ played on the radio.

Another interesting finding of the study, say the researchers, was that most retrieved memories occurred during people’s early teenage years. The songs we hear when we’re growing up, it seems, shape the story of our lives.

One definition of ‘memory’ is that it is a mental system that receives, stores, organises and recovers information from sensory input. According to the Leeds University researchers, the results of their Magical Memory Tour study implied that music has a powerful influence on the storage and retrieval of long-term memories in particular.

As Oliver Sacks, the noted British neuroscientist and author, puts it: “Music brings back the feeling of life when nothing else can.”

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Cliff Richard may stage Las Vegas show with Olivia Newton-John

November 1, 2011

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Sir Cliff Richard is reportedly in talks with Olivia Newton-John to stage a series of shows together in Las Vegas.

Over the past six decades, the 71-year-old singer has had hits all over the world and has sold over 250 million records worldwide. But he has so far failed to crack the American market (although his single ‘Living Doll’ promised much when it reached No. 30 on the US charts in 1959).

Sir Cliff is hoping that a residency in Las Vegas will increase his chances of success with US audiences.

“Acts like Elvis and Little Richard were the reason I started, so it would mean a great deal to have at least one success over there,” Sir Cliff recently told Women’s Weekly magazine. “I’ve had nine Top 30 hits in America but never an identity. If I could just have one big hit I’d feel so much satisfaction.”

He added: “Olivia Newton-John and I have talked about joining forces to find a Las Vegas venue to perform at. Elton John recently told me: ‘I can’t understand why you never cracked it’. And I can’t either. It’s the land of rock ‘n’ roll – like Wimbledon is to tennis.”

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