Paul McCartney: Born June 18, 1942

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I was saying to someone the other day that one of the very first gigs we did – I don’t even think we were Beatlesthe Beatles, it was the Quarrymen – one the very first times I ever played with John, we did a very early gig at a thing called a Co-Op Hall, and I had a lead solo in one of the songs and I totally froze when my moment came. I really played the crappiest solo ever. I said, “That’s it. I’m never going to play lead guitar again.” It was just too nerve-wracking onstage. So for years, I just became rhythm guitar and bass player and played a bit of piano, do a bit of this, that and the other. But nowadays, I play lead guitar, and that’s the thing that draws me forward. I enjoy it. So, yeah, that means the answer to “Are you going to retire?” is “When I feel like it.” But that’s not today.
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/paul-mccartney-the-long-and-winding-q-a-20140717?page=2

At the deepest level, McCartney has little idea where all the olderpaulmelodies come from. He still hasn’t figured out how he wrote “Yesterday” in his sleep. “I don’t like to use the word ‘magic,’ unless you spell it with a ‘k’ on the end, because it sounds a bit corny. But when your biggest song – which 3,000 people and counting have recorded – was something that you dreamt, it’s very hard to resist the thought that there’s something otherworldly there.”
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/paul-mccartney-yesterday-today-20120618

May 19~

Pete Townshend (1945)

art: John Entwistle
bio: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/artists/pete-townshend/biography
video: https://youtu.be/slhQOjMHaDY

 

Grace Jones (1948)
art: Keith Haring
photographed by Robert Mapplethorpe
bio: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/grace-jones-mn0000161920/biography
video: https://youtu.be/EMypXV1YJfw

Saluting Sergeant Pepper

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Abbey Road Studios Abbey Road Studios

Recently, the busy folks at Google made available an online tour of the famed Abbey Road Studios.  Anyone with internet access can go online and see inside the place where some of the most famous recordings were made.   The building at 3 Abbey Road, St John’s Wood, City of Westminster, London was originally a townhouse.  It was already 100 years old when it was converted into a recording studio by the Gramophone company in 1931.  The list of artists who have recorded at Abbey Road Studios is extremely long, but by far the most famous group to work there is the Beatles.

Tour Abbey Road Studios on Google.

There is hardly a hearing person on the planet that needs any introduction to the Beatles.  If there were such a person, I can assure you that there are many more qualified than me to make such an introduction…

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March 17~

Nat King Cole (1919-1965)
art:  William P. Gottlieb Library of Congress
bio: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/nat-king-cole-mn0000317093/biography
video: https://youtu.be/kGq7sgfYk1o

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rudolph Nureyev (1938-1993)
art: Jamie Wyeth
Brandywine River Museum of Art
bio: http://russiapedia.rt.com/prominent-russians/opera-and-ballet/rudoph-nureyev/
video: https://youtu.be/qG7JvpPGdEU

February 16, 1964: The Beatles’ second Ed Sullivan Show

 

 

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The Beatles’ second appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show took place in Miami’s Deauville Hotel. The Beatles arrived in Miami on Thursday, February 13, and the concert took place on the night of the 16th. The link below is of a rehearsal, which was filmed but not aired.

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Rehearsal video here~
BEATLES REHEARSALS : R. CORTES : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

See also~
https://www.beatlesbible.com/1964/02/16/beatles-ed-sullivan-show/
http://ultimateclassicrock.com/beatles-second-ed-sullivan-show/

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