Monday, 30 June 2014

‘With the Beatles’ LP to be discussed by expert Jude Southerland Kessler on ABC Overnights

Beatles expert, author and radio show host Jude Southerland Kessler will discuss the Beatles’ second album ‘With the Beatles’ on ABC radio in Australia on July 5th.
World-renowned Beatles author Jude Southerland Kessler will be a guest on “Overnights” with hosts Rod Quinn on ABC radio in Melbourne, Australia.  Kessler will be discussing the making of each song, including back stories and the influences, from the Beatles’ second album With the Beatles

Jude’s hour long interview on ‘Overnights’ will air at 4 a.m. in Australia on July 6th and in the U.S. at 2 p.m. (ET) on July 5, 2014.  Fans can listen live by going to:

The 14 song LP, With the Beatles, was released in the U.K. on November 22, 1963 and remained at the top of the charts for 21 weeks.  Kessler articulates in great detail the story of the making of the album in her latest book, She Loves You.

Jude Southerland Kessler is the author of The John Lennon Series – a nine book series on the life of John Winston Lennon.  She is also the host of The John Lennon Hour a weekly radio show that can be heard every Sunday night at 7 p.m. (CT) on Beatles-A-Rama!!! internet radio.

For more information on Jude Kessler, go to her website at:

Next London Beatles Day Coming Soon

Sunday, 29 June 2014

BBFC Report on the Brian Epstein Blue Plaque Unveiling


At long last Brian Epstein has been recognised with a blue plaque in London, organised by The Heritage Foundation. The Heritage Foundation aims to pay tribute to those artists in the entertainment world who have given us joy in both entertainment and sport.

George and John have both honoured with a plaque at the old Apple offices in Baker Street and today Brian Epstein was honoured at Sutherland House Argyll Street, next door to the London Palladium.

Sutherland House was where Brian ran his NEMS operation from London, on the 5th Floor, when it was decided to move from Liverpool to London.

The Heritage Foundation President is Vicki Michelle MBE, known most famously as the waitress Yvette in the 1980’s TV show ‘Allo ‘Allo. Vicki opened proceedings and introduced other notable celebrities including Andrew Lancel (who plays Brian in the new west end stage show), and Martin Lewis, owner of the Brian Epstein website.

Others in attendance included Jeni Crowley (fan club secretary in London in the 1960’s), the legend that is Tony Bramwell, Tony Crane (lead singer of The Merseybeats), and Rod Davis (original Quarryman).

Dave Stark then told a brief resume of Brian’s life including a reading of a special message from Paul McCartney before 1980’s star Adam Ant told how his mum was once Paul’s housekeeper, and how he used to go to Paul’s house in the 60’s and got his first taste of screaming girls as he went in through the front gates.

The plaque was unveiled to rapturous applause and was all over in about 20 minutes, but was followed by a special luncheon.

At last Brian is getting the recognition he deserves. See photos from the event in the slideshow below.

The Heritage Foundation do some wonderful work visit them at

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Help us celebrate Ringo's birthday - Send in your photos

Send Ringo Peace and Love for his Birthday
Ringo's birthday is coming soon and not everyone is able to join in the celebration being planned outside of Abbey Road Studios, so we've decided we'll have celebration of our own.

Please send us photos of you, your family and friends giving Ringo's famous Peace hand signal or holding signs that say "Peace and Love."  We'll put all the photos together into a special message that we'll post on the website on Ringo's birthday. 

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Issue 51 - Out Now!

Issue 51- June 2014
Issue 51 (June 2014) includes:
  • Beatles A Day in the Life
  • Media Watch
  • Coming Up - Forthcoming Events
  • Bill Smith & The Quarrymen
  • Paul McCartney - 'Out There' in Uruguay
  • Mike McCartney - Live Review
  • A Hard Day's Night LIVE
  • Meet The Beatles - Ringo Starr
  • Try Some, Buy Some—New Releases
  • Paperback Writers
  • Beatle Boots
  • BBFC Offers & Merchandise
  • As I Write This Letter

To get the magazine, join the BBFC today or visit our shop to buy just this issue.

Is that you in that photograph?

The Guardian  is doing a story about people who appeared in the  background of famous photographs, and the reporter is trying to trace people from the background of two specific photographs  concerning The Beatles for an article series called 'That's Me in the Picture'.  

Were you outside of Buckingham Palace the day the Beatles visited to collect their MBEs in October 1965? The first photo is of a crowd of women wrangling with police outside Buckingham Palace as the Beatles arrived. It could be you.

Were you a fan hanging around when the Beatles were filming A Hard Day's Night? The second photo from 1964 is of school girls trying to get a glimpse of the Beatles through a train window during the filming. Was that you?

You can view the two photographs by following this link.  If you or someone you know is in either photo, the reporter would love to hear from you.  Just click the big blue button on the site to contribute to the story. 

The reporter, Laura Barnett, is also interested in club members who have other photographs of themselves with the Beatles, or in the background behind the Fab Four.  If so, you can email her directly by clicking here.