The song was originally recorded to be included on the aborted album “Get Back”.
“Get Back” becomes The Beatles 16th UK No.1 in 1969
Originally released as a single on 11 April 1969 and credited to “The Beatles with Billy Preston, “Get Back” was the first and only single by The Beatles to credit another artist, Preston played the organ on the song and was by then one of the few people that were privileged to be called a “5th Beatle”. The song was initially thought to be included on their aborted 1969 album “Get Back” that would become “Let It Be” in 1970. The Beatles performed “Get Back” (along with other songs from the album) as part of the Beatles’ rooftop performance, which took place on the roof of Apple Studios in Savile Row, London on 30 January 1969, an edited version of which was included in the “Let It Be” film. During the famous rooftop appearance, “Get Back” was performed in full three times. Due to the increasing popularity of the Stereo formats over Mono, “Get Back” also became the first single release in true stereo in the US by the band. On April 23, 1969, “Get Back” was No.1 at the UK Singles charts, their 16th single to achieve the top position in their home country.
Paul McCartney will treat fans to an expanded version of his chart-topping 2018 studio album, Egypt Station. Dubbed the "Explorer's Edition," it'll arrive in stores on May 17.
The deluxe release will feature the original Egypt Station album and a bonus disc offering extra studio recordings, including an extended version of "Who Cares" and the surprise single "Get Enough," as well as live performances from the special shows McCartney played last year in London, New York City and his hometown of Liverpool, U.K.
Egypt Station: Explorer's Edition will be available as a two-CD set, a three-LP vinyl package and digitally.
All of the bonus tracks also are available in McCartney's previously announced limited-edition Egypt Station: Traveller's Edition luxury box set, which is completely sold out.
Egypt Station: Explorer's Edition, which can be pre-ordered now, will arrive in advance of the 2019 North American leg of Sir Paul's Freshen Up world tour, which kicks off May 23 in New Orleans.
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Headlining the event on April 26 is Edgar Winter, a long-time member of Ringo Star’s All-Star Band. The 1970s rock star’s hits include ‘Frankenstein’ and ‘Free Ride.’
The last year or so have been very, very Fab Four-centric for Daniel Hartwell.
“I not only met a Beatle, but then I got to meet him and give him the book I wrote about a Beatle!” says the Delray Beach music promoter, of getting a once-in-a-lifetime audience with Ringo Starr backstage at a recent concert and presenting him with “Saint John Lennon,” the mystical novel Hartwell released in 2018.
And now, he’s inviting worldwide fans of the groundbreaking band from Liverpool right here to Delray for a weekend-long celebration of everything Beatles.
“It’s four fab days of fun, sun, love and music,” Hartwell says of the first annual Beatles on The Beach festival. Special guests include legendary musician Edgar Winter and Beatles tribute artists from Japan, Argentina, Norway and more, performing at several downtown venues including Old School Square.
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Every music fan in the world can reel off the names of The Beatles. Yet instead of John, Paul, George and Ringo, the Fab Four might well have comprised John, Paul, George… and Hutch.
Johnny Hutchinson, who has died at the age of 79, was the drummer with the Liverpudlian group The Big Three who rivalled The Beatles for popularity before the Mersey sound became a national and international phenomenon in the early Sixties. Known to friends and fans as Hutch, or Johnny Hutch, he filled in on drums behind Lennon, McCartney and Harrison in both 1960 and 1962. Later he claimed he was offered the opportunity to become Pete Best’s successor in the soon-to-be-world-conquering mop-tops before Ringo Starr was given the job.
Hutchinson was born in Valletta, Malta, to an army family but was raised in Toxteth, Liverpool, where he trained as an upholsterer on leaving school. After dabbling with the clarinet, he learned to play the drums and in 1959 was recruited by rock ‘n’ rollers Cass and the Casanovas. With bandmates Adrian Barber (later a producer for Atlantic Records) and Johnny Gustafson (a future member of Roxy Music) he formed The Big Three in 1961 with the intention of playing rhythm and blues. Hutchinson, who had turned down a two-year contract with Johnny Kidd & The Pirates in order to stay local, took lead-vocal duties.
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The May 9 event in Liverpool, England, features nearly 300 items, including Ringo Starr's wristwatch, a drawing by George Harrison, four of Paul McCartney's signed bass guitars and a rare 'Yesterday and Today' album owned by John Lennon.
Martin Nolan has been thinking a lot about the Wi-Fi in northwestern England lately, with good reason: On May 9, Julien’s Auctions will present “Music Icons: The Beatles in Liverpool,” the first time a sale of the Fab Four’s memorabilia will take place in the town best known for birthing one of the world’s greatest bands.
“There’s a backup plan of the backup plan,” says Nolan, executive director of Julien’s Auctions, of the technology required for a sale that largely will take place online. “We’ve had experts in Liverpool getting ready for some time, because a significant portion of the auction will be sold either on the phone or via online bidding in real time. And the interest is truly global: We’ve had inquiries from Japan, Australia, China, North America and everywhere in between, because The Beatles are just as relevant as they were 50 years ago.”
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By early 1970, The Beatles were on their last legs as a band. The previous September, during a particularly hostile meeting, John Lennon had told the other members of the group that he was leaving.
That didn’t strike anyone present as a big surprise. After all, a disgruntled George Harrison had quit the group for a while during the Let It Be sessions earlier in ’69. Meanwhile, everyone in the band (Ringo included) had solo projects going.
But when John released the “Instant Karma” single in February ’70, you could picture what his solo career would be like. It sold a million copies, outperforming all other Beatles solo efforts to that point. In the coming decade, he’d release nine top 10 singles and three No. 1 albums.
“Instant Karma,” which peaked at No. 3 (while “Let It Be” sat one place ahead), hinted of the success John would have. Here were his biggest hits after leaving The Beatles.
He was the first to guide an X-rated film to the top of the Oscar heap, introduced the Beatles to Hollywood with “Hard Day’s Night” and “Help!” and convinced a reluctant Ian Fleming that, yes, James Bond might fare pretty well as a cinematic character.
A third-generation movie man, David V. Picker was a studio chief at United Artists, Columbia and Paramount in a prestigious run of box-office successes including “Last Tango in Paris” and “Ordinary People.”
Despite the accolades and the Oscars, Picker was quick to remind admirers that his career would likely have turned out the same even if he’d rejected the movies he helped bring to the movie houses of America and greenlighted those he’d kicked to the curb.
“My career would have probably turned out the same,” he wrote in “Musts, Maybes and Nevers: A Book About the Movies,” his 2013 memoir.
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