Sunday, 19 April 2015

The Beatles LA Tour - Have you tried it?

Shout out to our BBFC Members:  Have you taken this Beatles Tour in Los Angeles?  If so, we'd love to receive a review of the tour to include in our next magazine.  If you are interested in submitting a review, send us a note here.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Take a Virtual Trip Inside Abbey Road Studios with Google

Even if you have been inside Abbey Road Studios during one of their rare tour openings, you will love this interactive tour courtesy of Google.  As you tour through the various studios, you can try your hand at mixing tracks, listen to actual recordings and examine every little corner.

There is enough in here to keep you busy for days. Enjoy!

Click on the image below to launch.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Review: The House That Jack Built

John Edward Vale & Tracey Jane Vale
Valex Publishing
ISBN 9 780993 159046

When I received this book in the BBFC mail, I wondered what this was all about.

Well I found it a fascinating read, with some exclusive photographs, not just of The Beatles, (of which there are many on and off stage), but other 1960’s stars such as Cliff Richard, Eden Kane, Joe Brown, Gene Vincent and the Rolling Stones to name a few.

So what’s it all about?

It is the story of Jack Vale, written by his son John and John’s wife Tracey.

So who is Jack Vale?

Jack was a friend to the stars when they appeared in Blackpool, being Cliff Richard’s bodyguard for a while and was Brian Epstein’s main contact for arrangements when the Beatles played Blackpool. A copy of a letter to Jack from Brian Epstein in August 1963 is included in the book, confirming an agreement between himself and Brian.

You have to ask, why did Jack Vale not come forward, before his passing a couple of years ago?

His son and daughter-in-law have put this good book together, but see the Goldman book as one of the best written about John! I think a number of us would disagree on this point.

On the whole it is a good book and there are some excellent personal photographs here. It’s a fascinating story. It’s just a pity that Jack didn’t tell it himself, as I’m sure there is more that is untold, and a fitting tribute from his family.

For anyone interested in the music of the early 60’s and Blackpool as a centre of entertainment, this is a good read.

~ Reviewed by Ernie Sutton

Special discount for BBFC members: To get the book for the discount price of £5.95 plus £1.20 postage, order directly from the publisher and mention your BBFC membership.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Tribute to Cynthia Lennon 1939-2015

I first met Cynthia at the book launch for Stu at the Royal Academy of Arts in 2002. The book was written by Stuart Sutcliffe's sister Pauline and Cynthia had an input into the book.

She was very supportive of Pauline at the event and she mingled amongst those of us invited.

She kindly signed for me as we had a glass of wine and came across as a very polite and normal human being.

In 2005 it was her turn to promote her book simply called John. Some of us from the BBFC attended a signing at Foyles in London. She was quietly spoken at the interview and spoke fondly of John throughout. I asked her what Julian was up to and she replied that he was working on new material.

After the interview she signed copies and posed for photographs.

These two meetings rank highly in my Beatle events and I will always treasure those few moments where we spoke.

Our thoughts are with Julian and everyone close to Cynthia at this time, and hope that people respect their privacy at this time.

Thank you Cyn. God bless you. May you rest in peace.
~ Ernie Sutton, BBFC Treasurer 

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Beatles Meet and Beatles Day next two weeks

Let It Be News

We've had two emails recently about the Let It Be show and thought the news was worth sharing here.

London News
Let it Be has moved to the Garrick Theater and to celebrate this, the Waldorf Hotel has created a Beatles Themed Suite.

Rebecca Felgate recently conducted  an inteveiw with the cast of Let It Be (the Beatles Musical in London)from this new Beatles themed suite at the Waldorf Hilton where fans can pay to stay.
The guys also performed a live set of three tracks We Can Work It Out,” “If I Fell” and “Here Comes The Sun.”

Liverpool News

The show is also going to Liverpool to relaunch Liverpool's Royal Court Theatre. The press release for that is below.

The International hit show that celebrates the music of The Beatles is coming to their hometown later this year to mark the official re-launch of the multi-million pound refurbishment of the Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool.  Direct from London’s West End, LET IT BE will run for 5½ weeks from Thursday 8 October – Saturday 14 November 2015. The opening is also set to coincide with John Lennon’s 75th birthday which falls on Friday 9th October.
The smash hit show that established itself as one of the West End’s most popular shows when the production originally opened at the Prince of Wales Theatre in September 2012, where it recouped its initial investment after just 18 weeks before transferring for a year-long run at the Savoy Theatre from January 2013 – February 2014.  The show has recently returned to the West End for an 8 month run at the Garrick Theatre.
Seen by over 1 million people worldwide, LET IT BE continues to delight audiences across the globe, having recently performed to audiences in Germany, Japan, Moscow, and France.  LET IT BE showcases the music of the world’s most successful rock ‘n’ roll band, in a spectacular concert charting the band’s meteoric rise from their humble beginnings in Liverpool’s Cavern Club, through the height of Beatlemania, to their later studio masterpieces. 
The show is packed with over forty of The Beatles’ greatest hits including: Twist and Shout, She Loves You and Drive My Car, as well as global mega-hits Yesterday, Hey Jude, Come Together and, of course, Let It Be.  Travel back to the magical sixties when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends!
The music defined a generation, captured the hearts and ideals of millions, and now you can relive the memories in the city where it all began as Annerin Productions bring LET IT BE to Liverpool.
Jeff Parry from Annerin Productions said: I could not have dreamed as a nine year old living in Canada, having received my first Beatles album that I would be producing a show about the band in their hometown 51 years later.   Destiny has some strange coincidences.  
“Having been a Beatles fan since a young age I studied the origins of the Beatles and Liverpool.   I have visited Liverpool many times, most recently when "LET IT BE" played at the Empire Theatre.   I was overwhelmed with the Liverpudlians show of support and thanks to me for being part of the creation of the West End show.   To say the least, "LET IT BE" is helping to keep the music of the Beatles alive throughout the world and I am honoured to be bringing the show back to Liverpool.”
The show will officially launch the completion of a £2.8m refurbishment of the Royal Court.  This will give audiences the chance to see the new foyer, box office, circle bar and terrace.  There will also be improved access with a lift to all floors.

Kevin Fearon, Chief Executive of Royal Court Liverpool, added: “We announce some 8 or so shows each year but none has been so exciting or as important for the Royal Court as LET IT BE. This autumn we will complete Phase 2 of our refurbishment works and I can't think of a better show to mark this with.  Our exciting building works have been a key part in attracting LET IT BE to play for 5 weeks in Liverpool - the first time this has happened outside of a capital city.  LET IT BE marks a step up for Liverpool's Royal Court and the future looks very exciting.”

Tickets Sale to Group Bookers on Monday 23rd March at 10am.
Public Sale opens Monday 30th March at 10am.
LET IT BE – A Celebration Of The Music Of The Beatles
Royal Court Liverpool

Thursday, 8 October – Saturday, 14 November, 2015
Tue - Fri Evening Performances: 8pm, Sat and Sun Mat 2pm and Sun 7pm.
Tickets: From £21 - £31 (Inc £1 theatre restoration levy)

Preview performances: All seats £20 (8-11 Oct)
Group Rates: 20+ Tickets - All seats £20 (Tue-Fri Evenings)
To book tickets call Royal Court Liverpool on 0151 709 4321, online at or in person at the Royal Court Box Office from 10am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday.  (Booking and handling fees may apply)
Tickets can also be purchased from TicketQuarter on 0844 8000 410 online at or in person at Queen Square, Liverpool City Centre. (Booking and handling fees may apply)
Royal Court Liverpool
1 Roe Street
L1 1HL

0151 709 4321  


Sunday, 15 March 2015

The Beatles - The Live 1964 U.S. Broadcasts - Promo

The Beatles
Broadcasting Live In The USA '64
Now Available on Hand Pressed Splatter Vinyl

The soundtracks to the legendary 1964 Ed Sullivan shows have recently been released on multi-coloured splatter vinyl by Coda Records.  This is the ultimate Beatles Collectors item, like your own fingerprint, the abstract colour pattern  on  each disc is individually  created by skilled craftsmen during the production process at our record plant and is guaranteed to be different from every other copy in the world.

The really good news is that the audio quality of splatter vinyl is every bit as good as regular vinyl with the result that splatter vinyl combines the artistic appeal of a picture disc with the audio fidelity of a regular pressing.

To add to the exclusive nature of the offering the whole splatter run is  limited to only 500 hand pressed copies .  This is your opportunity to own the ultimate Beatles collectors item, a unique piece of Beatles history which is individually your own.

Track Listing
Side One 16th February 1963 - Miami
1. From Me To You 2.  This Boy 3. All My Loving 4. I Want To Hold Your Hand 5. She Loves You - Bonus Studio Track 6. Love Me Do (Original mono version with Ringo Starr)
Side Two 9th February 1963 – New York 1. All My Loving ( Lennon / Mc Cartney) 2. Till There Was You
3. She Loves You 4. I saw Her Standing There 5. I Want To Hold Your Hand 6. PS I Love You (Original mono version with Andy White)
The 500 copies forming the entire production run are on sale from priced at just £19.99 demand has been very high, so if you want one for your collection you must act now.