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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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Engelbert Humperdinck to perform UK’s 2012 Eurovision song: ‘Love Will Set You Free’

March 20, 2012

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Engelbert Humperdinck, 75, will perform a Spanish-flavoured ballad called ‘Love Will Set You Free’ as the UK’s entry in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Baku, Azerbaijan on 26 May.

The UK hasn’t won since Katrina and the Waves’ ‘Love Shine a Light’ in 1997, but Engelbert – best known for his 1967 hit ‘Release Me’ – is hoping to reverse the UK’s fortunes this year.

 ‘Love Will Set You Free’ was written by Grammy award-winning producer Martin Terefe and Ivor Novello award winner Sacha Skarbek, who co-wrote James Blunt’s ‘You’re Beautiful’ and Lana Del Rey’s ‘Born To Die’.

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Engelbert Humperdinck to perform UK’s 2012 Eurovision song

March 2, 2012

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Engelbert Humperdinck, 75, is set to become the oldest ever contestant in the Eurovision Song Contest when he represents the UK at this year’s event in Baku, Azerbaijan on 26 May.

Humperdinck said it was “an absolute honour” to be taking part and was “excited and raring to go”.

The song he will perform will be announced shortly. It is being written by Grammy award-winning producer Martin Terefe and Ivor Novello winner Sacha Skarbek, who co-wrote the James Blunt hit ‘You’re Beautiful’.

The UK hasn’t won since Katrina and the Waves’ ‘Love Shine a Light’ in 1997.

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Star Trek’s William Shatner releases ‘space rock’ album: Seeking Major Tom

October 9, 2011

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Star Trek legend William Shatner is boldly going into space again at the age of 80 … but it’s not space as we know it, Jim. This time Captain Kirk is venturing into ‘space rock’ with a new album titled Seeking Major Tom.

Shatner has recorded a space odyssey-themed album of heavy metal classics featuring a rock ‘Who’s Who’ line-up that includes Peter Frampton, Lyle Lovett, Johnny Winter, Steve Miller, Sheryl Crow, Asia’s John Wetton, The Kinks’ Dave Davies, Steve Howe of Yes, Deep Purple’s Ian Paice, any many more.

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Martin Scorsese’s George Harrison film ‘Living in the Material World’ to premiere in Liverpool

September 30, 2011

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Martin Scorsese’s new George Harrison TV documentary, titled George Harrison: Living in the Material World, is set to receive its UK premiere in Liverpool.

It will be launched at Liverpool’s Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) on 2 October 2011.

The film, made in collaboration with Harrison’s widow Olivia, documents the Beatles guitarist’s rise to fame and his life as a member of the Fab Four. It features interviews with Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Yoko Ono.

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Dame Shirley Bassey’s life story to be turned into a TV film by the BBC

June 27, 2011

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Dame Shirley Bassey’s life story is to be turned into a TV film by the BBC.

The drama will show the 74-year-old singer’s “difficult rise from poverty to international stardom” – from her tough youth in Cardiff’s Tiger Bay area to her glamorous life in Monte Carlo today.

The film will be part of a series of BBC Two programmes about mixed race culture in the UK.

Shirley Bassey first found fame in the late 1950s, scoring her first hit with ‘Banana Boat Song’ in 1957, at the age of 20. It reached Number 8 on the UK Singles Chart. She achieved her first Number One with ‘As I Love You’ in January 1959, making her the first Welsh artist to top the UK charts.

She is the only artist to have recorded the theme songs for three James Bond films: Goldfinger (1964), Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and Moonraker (1979).

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James Bond composer John Barry dies aged 77

February 20, 2011

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John Barry – composer of the soundtracks for classic films such as Born Free, Out of Africa, Midnight Cowboy, Somewhere in Time and the James Bond films – has died in New York of a heart attack aged 77. He is understood to have been in poor health for some time.

  Born John Barry Prendergast to a cinema-owning family in York on 3 November 1933, he first found fame as leader of the John Barry Seven. His earliest hits included ‘Hit and Miss’ (1960) which was the theme music for BBC TV’s Juke Box Jury, and a cover version of The Ventures’ ‘Walk Don’t Run’ (1960).

  The first film for which he composed, arranged and conducted the score was Beat Girl, starring Adam Faith, in 1960.

  Barry’s 1962 arrangement of Monty Norman’s James Bond theme led to him composing scores for 11 Bond films, including From Russia With Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964) and You Only Live Twice (1967). He was regarded as having a huge influence on the ‘coolness’ and distinctive style of the 007 series.

  Awarded an OBE in 1999 for services to music, Barry was renowned for his lush strings, orchestral swells and elegant melodies. He saw himself as much a dramatist as a composer and his music was always inextricably linked to the stories told on the screen.

  Barry was also an innovator. He was one of the first composers to use Moog synthesizers in a film score (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service in 1969).

  In a career spanning almost 50 years, Barry was responsible for some of the most memorable and beautiful film scores of all time. He won five Oscars for his film work, including two for Born Free (1967), and one for The Lion in Winter (which also won a BAFTA) in 1969, Out of Africa (1986) and Dances with Wolves (which also won a Grammy Award) in 1991.

  His work for TV included the theme for The Persuaders (1971), while his non-soundtrack work included the albums The Beyondness of Things (1999) and Eternal Echoes (2001).

  Barry’s most recent film score was for the wartime thriller Enigma (2001), while a musical version of Brighton Rock, created with lyricist Don Black, had its London premiere in 2004. He received a BAFTA fellowship in 2005.

  Don Black, 72, who worked with the composer on his Born Free, Thunderball and Diamonds are Forever theme songs, said Barry remained unaffected by his international success. “The thing about John that I will always remember was he never changed,” he said. “He was very much the Yorkshireman, whether he was in Beverly Hills or Manhattan.”

  Barry – who lived in Oyster Bay, Long Island – is survived by Laurie, his wife of 33 years, his four children and five grandchildren.

  According to Don Black, Barry’s widow Laurie is considering staging a major memorial service in London later this year. “She’s talking about the Albert Hall in June or July,” he said. “There will definitely be a big night coming.”

CLASSIC JOHN BARRY SCORES

  • From Russia With Love
  • Goldfinger
  • Zulu
  • Born Free
  • You Only Live Twice
  • The Lion in Winter
  • Midnight Cowboy
  • Diamonds are Forever
  • Somewhere in Time
  • Out of Africa
  • Dances with Wolves
  • Chaplin

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Pop music TV pioneer Clay Cole dies at 72

December 30, 2010

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Clay Cole – whose groundbreaking US TV and radio shows in the 1950s and 1960s helped to launch the careers of many rock ‘n’ roll greats – died on December 18, 2010 at his home on Oak Island, N.C. He was 72. The cause was a heart attack, his brother Richard Rucker said.

Anyone who grew up loving all those great US hits of the late 1950s and early 1960s owes Clay Cole a huge debt of gratitude. Many early US rock and pop artists might never have been heard in the UK and Europe had they not first been popularised on his TV and radio shows in New York, and then gone on to achieve huge chart success across the United States.

In his recent book Sh-Boom! – The Explosion of Rock ‘N’ Roll (1953-1968), Clay Cole gave a compelling personal account of his years spent hosting his own Saturday night pop music television show, The Clay Cole Show. It’s an important book that doesn’t just chronicle the beginnings of rock ‘n’ roll, it is also a first-hand record of how it felt to be there.

He was only 15 – and still at high school in Ohio – when, in 1953, he began presenting his own local teenage music TV show. By 1955, the music had evolved and he found himself hosting one of the first rock ‘n’ roll TV shows.

In 1957, he moved to New York City to try his luck, armed with “a 10 year plan” for success. In fact, it only took a few months for him to land a Saturday evening live TV show in Providence, Rhode Island.

By 1959, at the age of 21 (although the TV channel’s publicity department claimed he was only 19), he was hosting a major TV show in New York. He was the youngest host on US TV – and already challenging for the crown held by the legendary Alan Freed and Dick Clark.

When Alan Freed’s TV career was ended by the music industry payola scandal of 1959, it proved to be a stroke of luck for Clay Cole. After less than two months on air, he now had a “clear reign” on New York television. “I was spotless … I was never offered, nor would I accept, payola,” he said.

The Clay Cole Show attracted all the big names of the day, including Bobby Darin, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, Brenda Lee and Connie Francis (who later confessed she’d always had a secret crush on him).

With a good ear for a hit, Cole also became a champion of talented newcomers, such as Paul Anka, Neil Sedaka, Tony Orlando, Dionne Warwick, Neil Diamond, Bobby Vinton, the Four Seasons, and Dion. In 1960, he launched a nightclub tour and hired three teenage sisters as dancers. They would later become The Ronettes.

He was the first to introduce Chubby Checker performing ‘The Twist’. And the first to present the Rolling Stones in America. He also pioneered music video clips and go-go girls, and gave debuts to young stand-up comedians like Richard Pryor.

Cole also helped to break the colour barrier on US television. He was the first rock ‘n’ roll TV host to have a multi-racial audience and regularly featured soul and R&B artists such as Ray Charles, Little Anthony and The Imperials, Steve Wonder, The Supremes and Dionne Warwick – often in direct defiance of his TV bosses who warned him he was welcoming too many black artists onto the show.

A singer and dancer himself, he once sang on stage with the Four Seasons after being invited to “sing along” by his friend Frankie Valli. “I was so intimidated by their perfect harmonies,” Cole recalled, “I simply mouthed the words and snapped my fingers – to their great relief, I’m sure.”

It was the shift to acid rock and heavy metal that eventually prompted Clay Cole to walk away from his highly popular TV show in 1968, at the age of 30. His final show featured Jerry Lewis, Paul Anka, and the Cowsills.

Over the 40 years that followed, he was the writer, producer and director of over 3500 broadcast TV shows, including several award-winning programmes.

As his friend Laura Pinto (pictured left with Clay) told Sh-Boom! Magazine: “He was a terrific human being. Clay Cole has done much for the golden age of rock and roll, and there are many artists out there who owe him a debt of gratitude – as we all do.”

Clay Cole is survived by his brothers Richard Rucker and James Rucker, and a sister, Tama Rucker.

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Elton John and Leon Russell together onstage for BBC Electric Proms in October

September 13, 2010

Sir Elton John is set to appear alongside legendary US singer-songwriter Leon Russell at the BBC Electric Proms in October.

The duo will perform live – at separate pianos – on Thursday, October 28 at London’s Roundhouse. The set will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2, with highlights from the concert forming the centre piece of A Night In With Sir Elton John on BBC Two on October 30. The “night in” will also include behind-the-scenes footage from the Roundhouse gig and a new documentary about Sir Elton’s life and music.

Sir Elton – who has sold over 250 million records in a career spanning four decades – is expected to play classic tracks from his back catalogue. He will also perform new songs from his forthcoming studio album with Leon Russell, The Union, which will be released by Mercury Records on October 25.

“I’m delighted to be kicking off this year’s BBC Electric Proms,” says Sir Elton, “particularly as I’ll be joined on stage by Leon who is one of my musical heroes. The performance will feature other very special guests and some memorable moments.”

Leon Russell, now 68, collaborated with Sir Elton in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was also responsible for classic songs such as ‘Delta Lady’ (a huge hit for Joe Cocker in 1969) and The Carpenters’ Grammy-nominated hit ‘Superstar’ in 1971.

The Elton John/Leon Russell album, The Union, features guest appearances by Brian Wilson, Booker T, Don Was and Neil Young. It was produced by T-Bone Burnett and is accompanied by documentary footage shot by filmmaker Cameron Crowe.

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Lou Reed denies preventing Susan Boyle from performing ‘Perfect Day’

September 12, 2010

Fans of Susan Boyle may not have to threaten to burn copies of Transformer after all. Former Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed insists it was not him who barred the Scottish singer from performing his song ‘Perfect Day’ on America’s Got Talent. It seems it was all down to a “licensing mix-up”.

TV companies have to obtain a licence from the copyright owner before they can broadcast the performance of a song. According to representatives for Reed, ‘Perfect Day’ was cleared to be performed in the UK, but was not licensed for a US performance in time for the America’s Got Talent recording.

Susan Boyle reportedly flew to Los Angeles especially to perform ‘Perfect Day’ – one of her favourite songs – for the season finale of America’s Got Talent. But when she arrived at the studio for the taping of the show, she was told she had been refused permission to perform the song. According to reports, SuBo was left “crushed and heartbroken” and left the stage in tears. She flew back to the UK immediately.

Reed, now 68, was turned into a villain in the media because of the incident. But his spokesman insists the singer had no idea about the drama surrounding Susan Boyle’s version of the song.

‘Perfect Day’ was written in 1972 for Lou Reed’s first solo album Transformer. It has been covered by artists such as Duran Duran, Patti Smith and Kirsty MacColl, and performed live by Coldplay and Luciano Pavarotti. It was also released as a chart-topping charity single in aid of Children In Need in 1997.

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