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On This Day – Lennon Gets a Green Card

Tweet On this day in 1976 John Lennon got his green card that would allow him to settle in the USA after a long drawn out court battle. The background to this story lies in Lennon’s left wing activism and the US government’s paranoia. Lennon supported various left wing causes;  He was anti Vietnam War, […]

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On This Day – “The Beatles Played at My Wedding, Honest!

Tweet We all go to local gigs where the band is a group of friends who have just got together for a bit of fun.  I am sure that like me you have been to weddings where the band is just making its way in the world.  Sometimes the bands are good, moderate, or even […]

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On This Day – I’m Not Dead, Honest.

Tweet On this day in 1969 Paul McCartney said officially that he was not dead, unless the statement was issued by William Campbell after the surgery. There had been persistent rumours that Paul had died in a car accident and that he had been replaced with a look-a-like called William Campbell. The story begins on […]

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On This Day – John Lennon Born

Tweet John Winston Lennon joined this world today in 1940. As part of the Beatles he helped shape modern music writing some iconic songs. He worked for peace and against the Vietnam War. He was threatened with deportation from the USA by the Nixon administration, investigated by the FBI. He was murdered on 8th December […]

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On This Day 15 September 1964 – Beatles’ Halted, To Protect The Fans!

Tweet On this day in 1964 The Beatles were playing a show at The Cleveland Public Hall in Ohio.  Things were going swimmingly, The band was playing well and no one could hear a thing because of the young girls screaming.  Just a normal performance really, when the show was stopped for health and safety […]

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Pretty Things, Dick Taylor, Still pretty Good!

Tweet I saw the Pretty Things on Saturday.  It was the first time in more than 40 years.  I was expecting to be disappointed. I was not. Dick Taylor was a founding member of the Rolling Stones, pushed out to make way for Brian Jones.  He was always a great guitarist.  We tend to forget […]

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On This Day – Chas Newby Joins The Beatles 17th December 1960

Tweet When The Beatles returned from their first stint in Hamburg Sutcliffe decided to stay behind. That gave them a problem, no bass player. Pete best suggested a friend Chas Newby. Newby joined The Beatles on stage for the first time on this day in 1960. The first of 4 gigs he played with them […]

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On This Day – Quite a week for The Beatles

Tweet In this week in this1961 The Beetles, still with Pete Best, had quite a week. On the 9th they played in Aldershot to just 18 people. Their then manager, Sam Bleach had forgotten to book any advert in the local paper….. Back in Liverpool, the next day – a trip of some notes350 miles […]

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On This Day – Carol Dryden Posts Herself, to The Beatles!

Tweet 14th June 1964.  A girl, Carol Dryden tried to post herself to The Beatles. (Luckily she did not suffer the same fate as Waldo Jeffers in The Gift by The Velvet Underground). Although there are plenty of references to the incident the details are vague.  The basic story is that a girl known as […]

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On This Day – Johnny and The Moondogs

Tweet On this day in 1959 Johnny and The Moondogs played an audition for a talent show. Sadly they did not win. Why should we be bothered about a failed band? Simply because they later became The Silver Beetles, then The Silver Beats and eventually The Beatles. It seems that Lennon took names seriously as […]

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