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    The channel just played the Beatles' Nothin' Shakin', recorded on July 10, 1963 for the BBC radio programme Top Of The Pops and released in 1994 on on the two-CD, 56-song compilation Live At The BBC. (Yes, I used the British spelling of "program." Cute?) The Beatles' first recording of the song, in December 1962, was released in 1977 on the album Live! At The Star-Club In Hamburg, Germany, 1962. Billy "Crash" Craddock had a #10 country hit with the song in 1972. Here is the 1958 original by singer/tv actor Eddie Fontaine:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEtvO1S-drU

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    The Beatles Channel just played George Harrison's Hong Kong Blues, from his 1981 Somewhere In England album. Hoagy Carmichael wrote and recorded the song in 1938 (Brunswick 8255). He recorded a new version in 1942 (Decca 18395). The lyrics were written by Stanley Adams, who also wrote the English lyrics of La Cucaracha and What A Diff'rence A Day Makes. Carmichael performed the song in the 1944 Humphrey Bogart/Lauren Bacall movie To Have & Have Not, in which he portrayed Cricket, a piano player at a bar. Carmichael then recorded Hong Kong Blues a third time (ARA 123) and finally had a hit. It reached #6 on Billboard's Best Selling Poplar Retail Records chart in August 1945. Another version by Arthur "Skeets" Herfurt and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra got to #8 two months later.

    Hong Kong Blues has also been recorded by Rusty Draper, Jeff Healey, Amos Garrett, Prudence Johnson, Georgie Fame, George Melly, Chris Darrow, Martin Denny, Barbara Lea, Junior Brown, Geoff Muldaur and the Pasadena Roof Orchestra. Here is George Harrison's version -- hurry and listen!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmKQOxB6lpI

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    The Beatles Channel just played George Harrison's The Pirate Song from the December 26 1975 episode of Rutland Weekend Television, a 1975-76 sketch comedy series on BBC2 hosted by Eric Idle. Harrison appeared dressed as a pirate: long hair, mustache, eyepatch, iron hook, pegleg, pirate hat, blue pirate coat and a stuffed parrot on his shoulder. He explained that he's performing in the pirate sketch. Several times throughout the show, Idle tells him there is no pirate sketch in the program. When Harrison is finally introduced as a singer and the band starts playing My Sweet Lord, Harrison appears onstage wearing a light suit and carrying an acoustic guitar -- and then starts singing, "I want to be a pirate, a pirate's life for me. All my friends are pirates and sail the B.B. Sea....." The "B.B. Sea" -- get it?

    The Pirate Song (which Harrison co-wrote with Idle) was released in 1995 on a bootleg CD, Pirate Songs (Vigotone 146). Here is the video:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGbRHxM4X2g

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    He is now Sir Richard Starkey.

    Prince William knights Ringo Starr

    http://www.eonline.com/news/921871/p...ts-ringo-starr

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    "Help! Helllppp!" "Thanks, we don't need any." Not even the Blue Meanies will be able to keep Beatles fans from seeing Yellow Submarine on the big screen this summer.

    The Beatles' Yellow Submarine film will get 50th anniversary theatrical run
    Los Angeles Times, Apr 4 2018 11:40 AM

    The Beatles' innovative 1968 animated film Yellow Submarine will return to theaters July 8 in a new 4K restoration created to mark the movie's 50th anniversary. The original was restored by hand, frame by frame rather than using automated software. The soundtrack has been remixed in 5.1 surround sound. The original project was begrudgingly approved by the band, which had little involvement in its making, other than approving the use of several songs for the soundtrack and their participation in a filmed segment at the end. Yet it still enhanced the group's legacy for creativity with its forward-thinking combination of animation, live action and manipulated still photos.

    Details on specific cities and theaters will be announced on the film's official website: http://www.yellowsubmarine.film

    http://www.latimes.com/entertainment...404-story.html

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    I just discovered this video of Weird Al Yankovic giving a truly amazing performance of George Harrison's What Is Life at the 2014 George Fest tribute concert at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. Hurry and watch:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXMq3QJwJiA

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