Keep the cheer, cut the cheesy: A non-conventional playlist for the holidays
Here’s to a great holiday season and varied playlists! “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” – John Lennon, Yoko OnoIn the typical fashion of John Lennon, this song is not your average Christmas song. “Ding Dong, Ding Dong” – George HarrisonGeorge Harrison’s “Ding Dong, Ding Dong” is all about welcoming the new year. The catchy tune and optimistic lyrics are exactly what we need this holiday season. Swift’s voice in this song is very Christmas-y, like a champagne-colored Christmas tree ornament.themiamihurricane.com
Treasure trove of rock memorabilia includes Kurt Cobain hair
Guitars from Eddie Van Halen, Eric Clapton and Aerosmith as well as autographed memorabilia from The Beatles and even strands of hair from Kurt Cobain are some of the highlights of an online rock ‘n’ roll auction that ends over the weekend.
Dear Sir or Madam: Paul McCartney memoir due out in November
Paul McCartney appears during his One on One Tour in Tinley Park, Ill., on July 26, 2017, left, and poet Paul Muldoon appears at the 2019 PEN America Literary Gala in New York on May 21, 2019. McCartney's memoir, The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present," will be released Nov. 2. (Photos by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP, left, and Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)NEW YORK – Paul McCartney is finally ready to write his memoirs, and will use music — and a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet — to help guide him. Irish poet Paul Muldoon is editing and will contribute an introduction. The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards has been equally open about himself, but his 2010 memoir “Life” still sold millions of copies.
Fans, Ono, bandmates mark 40 years since John Lennon's death
Photos, flowers, and candles have been left at Strawberry Fields in New York's Central Park to remember John Lennon, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020. The rock star and former Beatle was shot to death outside his New York City apartment building by a fan on Dec. 8, 1980. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK – Fans remembered John Lennon with flowers, candles and songs Tuesday, the 40th anniversary of the former Beatle's death after being shot outside his New York City apartment building. It was Dec. 8, 1980, when the world-famous musician was with his wife, Yoko Ono, and was shot by Mark David Chapman outside the Dakota apartments on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. After 40 years, Sean, Julian and I still miss him," Ono said, referring to Lennon's two sons.
A look at artists who've objected to Trump using their songs
FILE - Pharrell Williams attends the world premiere of "The Black Godfather," in Los Angeles on June 3, 2019. Dozens of artists have objected to Donald Trump using their music in his two presidential campaigns. Williams sent a cease-and-desist letter after his song Happy" was played at a Trump rally in 2018. He was especially angered that the event was hours after a mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP, File)
A look at artists who've objected to Trump using their songs
Dozens of artists have objected to Donald Trump using their music in his two presidential campaigns. Williams sent a cease-and-desist letter after his song Happy" was played at a Trump rally in 2018. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP, File)From classic American rockers to British artists to the estates of late legends, here's a look at some of the musicians who have objected to Donald Trump using their songs at campaign events. JOHN FOGERTY, PHIL COLLINS, BRUCE SPRINGSTEENSome classic rockers say not only do they oppose Trump using their music, the choice of songs is ironic or downright wrong. Eddy Grant sued Trump in September over the use of his 1980s hit “Electric Avenue” in a Trump campaign animated video that mocked his opponent Joe Biden.
Record label rejected The Beatles' off these 1962 songsnow tape of the audition could sell for $90,000
On New Year's Day in 1962, a then-unknown band called The Beatles performed 15 songs for British label Decca Records. There is some debate as to whether Decca Records rejected The Beatles or The Beatles rejected an offer from Decca to press their records only if the band paid for it themselves. Whatever the case, The Beatles' then manager Brian Epstein held on to a recording of the audition. Now, Sotheby's London will auction the tape of the Decca audition online, estimating it will sell for 50,000 to 70,000 pounds, or about $65,000 to $90,000. As Sotheby's tells it, Decca Records didn't take the band seriously at the audition.cnbc.com
Beatles lawsuit, filed in South Florida, alleges trademark infringement
The Beatles, Britain's top rock band, relax in London over tea in 1963. The group from left: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A lawsuit filed in South Florida on behalf of a London company owned by former members of the Beatles is seeking damages and injunctive relief against a group of defendants allegedly profiting from products featuring trademarked phrases. The lawsuit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, seeks to quash the sale of counterfeit goods using the trademarked phrases "The Beatles, "Beatles" and "Yellow Submarine." The defendants in the lawsuit are described as "individuals, partnerships and unincorporated associations."
11 of the best Beatles songs of all time
That got us thinking about legendary Beatles songs. But as longtime Beatles fans, we decided to choose 11 to mention here as among the best of the best. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"It's hard to describe this "White Album" song. "A Hard Days Night"Of course, this list comes down to personal preference, and we lean toward the Beatles' later work. Is it even possible to listen to this song without thinking, "Beatlemania has arrived in the United States"?
Almanac: Ringo Starr's birthday
He grew up to become known as Ringo Starr, the drummer who in 1962 joined John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison in the Beatles, as McCartney explained to CBS News' Anthony Mason. "When Ringo joined, then it was like a real rocket ship," McCartney said. "We were a real band then," Starr said. Since the breakup, Ringo has gone on to find success as a solo artist, and as front man for a revolving group of musicians known as Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band. Already an inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Beatles, Ringo won induction as an individual artist in 2015.cbsnews.com