Friday, 17 June 2022

Issue 81 on its way to our members!

Issue 81 will be arriving soon in your post!  This issue is full of some really great content and is worth wait!  Did you know Ringo used to make furniture?  Find out more in this issue!


  • The Beatles A Day In The Life
  • Coming Up
  • Media Watch
  • Paul McCartney in Concert - review
  • There Are Places I Remember
  • The Beatles and their Apple artists
  • A Collection of Oldies, But Goodies
  • Beatles Fan Clubs - Part 2 - After the Split
  • Paperback Writers
  • Meeting The Beatles for real
  • Ringo or Robin Furniture
  • Beatles Quiz Time
  • Try Some, Buy Some-New Releases
  • Beatle Boots
  • Offers and Discounts
  • As I Write This Letter
  • Crap Photo of the Month

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"Song for Paul" released for Paul's 80th birthday from the City of Hamburg and SALAMANDA


It is common knowledge: The remarkable international career of The Beatles first took off in Hamburg, when the legendary band first performed at Indra Club in August of 1960. The rest is, as they say, history.

Still today, all across Hamburg and the St. Pauli-district especially, The Beatles are a prominent phenomenon - They are part of the city's DNA.

With Sir Paul McCartney's 80th birthday coming up this Saturday, June 18th, the city of Hamburg decided it was time to finally give back a song to Paul, after he gifted so many unforgetable songs and memories to all of us.

SALAMANDA, a band from Flensburg, not far from Hamburg, were the right guys for the job: They wrote and recorded "Song For Paul", a 5-minute love letter to Paul McCartney. The song was mixed at the renowned Abbey Road Studios.

With "Song For Paul", the city of Hamburg is starting the #SongForPaul social media campaign - Fans from Hamburg and all over the world are asked to say their thanks to Paul on Saturday, June 18th and share the songs written just for him.

"Song For Paul" is released this Friday, June 17th, accompanied by a music video shot on many locations with Beatles-history, such as the before mentioned Indra Club, the famous Reeperbahn and a grande finale at the "Beatles Platz" (Beatles place), where over 300 fans joined the band for the flash mob video shoot.

The goal of the campaign is to reach McCartney personally, and let him know how thankful the citizens of Hamburg are for his life's work. The campaign is initiated by the band Salamanda, the city of Hamburg, BID Reeperbahn+ and several cultural associations.


Thursday, 16 June 2022

Yesterday is helping French Students

 Check out this video. It was sent to us by a school in France. One of their sixth forms did this as a special project on understanding "how the English language's prominent role in being an international language was also greatly helped by pop music."  They said it was a seven-month marathon work with an extra mile for their video clip on the most covered song in the world :"Yesterday"


Monday, 25 April 2022

Dutch Beatles Event - 30 October 2022


Belgium - Beatles Day au Lotto Mons Expo - 24 September 2022


‘The Birth of The Beatles Story’ Book Launch


The original founders of The Beatles Story, Liverpool’s leading Beatles’ Museum, Mike and Bernadette Byrne, who opened the popular attraction 32 years ago on 1st May 1990, are launching a new book recounting the journey of the birth of the award-winning attraction and their personal relationship with The Beatles.

The authors of ‘The Birth of the Beatles Story’ are Bernadette Farrell, a Cavern regular who went on to date both George and Paul, and Mike Byrne, a fellow Merseybeat musician and acquaintance of The Beatles. This is the story of their amazing and uniquely personal journey. They not only witnessed music history being made but they went on to build The Beatles Story, which has become the most successful Beatles’ exhibition in the world.


They achieved this when tourism in Liverpool was very different to what it is today. The city was in decline and the local attitude to The Beatles was that they had abandoned their birthplace. Only a small minority of people believed in the potential of The Beatles as a tourist attraction.  With little experience, no money of their own, and hardly any support from the city, they succeeded in realising their dream. 


Mike says: “It was great to be in a group in Liverpool at the same time as the Beatles and witness their phenomenal rise to fame, while playing the same clubs as them.  It was a time of hope and excitement! An unusual set of events in the 80s resulted in me managing Beatle City and taking it to America where my eyes were opened to the real potential of Beatles tourism.  Coming back to a city without its own permanent Beatles’ attraction made no sense. In the face of so much local apathy, we decided we would have to build it ourselves.”

The book, which will be launched to celebrate The Beatles Story’s 32nd anniversary on 1st May 2022, is littered with never-before-told stories giving a personal insight into the world of The Beatles before they became famous. Mike and Bernie tell the tale of their ambitious business dream that was inextricably linked to The Beatles, resulting in the opening of a unique attraction offering an alternative experience into the story of the world’s greatest band.

Featuring personal memories such as Bernie being caught with her hair in rollers by George Harrison, and Mike being backed by a 21-year-old Ringo while playing at Butlins Holiday Camp to escaping screaming fans in George Harrison's car and secret meetings with senior Beatles’ bosses in a London crypt, the book is packed with unseen pictures and untold stories and how a local couple helped Liverpool fall in love with the Beatles again. 

Bernie says: “Having been a regular on the Merseybeat scene in my teenage years, and getting to know the Beatles quite well, I went on to become one of the first official Beatles guides in the 80s. This opened my eyes to the enduring popularity of The Beatles and eventually, in the early 90s, we felt compelled to fill the gap in Liverpool’s tourism offering by creating a permanent tribute for fans.”

The book will be released on May 1st, 2022, the 32nd Anniversary of the opening of The Beatles Story Experience in Liverpool. It’s a hard-back, coffee table book full of rare and magnificent images.

To celebrate the launch, The Beatles Story will host a free-to-attend event on May 1st, where visitors are invited to find out more about Mike and Bernie’s personal journey and to get involved in a Q&A session with copies of the book signed by the authors available to purchase.

Taking place in The Beatles Story’s atmospheric Fab4 Café at the Royal Albert Dock between 1pm to 3pm, the event will give visitors a rare insight into the history of the world’s largest permanent exhibition devoted to the lives and times of The Beatles. The session will be hosted by BBC 6 Music’s Matt Everitt followed by a Q&A and book signing with Mike and Bernie.

Places at the event are limited - to join this free-to-attend session, book online at

Wednesday, 6 April 2022

Dung Beatles Concert to support Ukraine - April 20


Beatles 1 Day is May 1st - BBFC Members get discount price

Our friends at Beatles 1Day have offered BBFC members discount admission at the upcoming 2022 Beatles 1Day event on the first of May.  £7.50 admission to BBFC Members as a perk of your membership.

Learn more about the event here.


Wednesday, 9 March 2022

Mark your calendars - Beatles Meeting in Holland Sunday 3 April


Issue 80 is on its way to our members

Issue 80 should have been received by our members.  We are sure all our members are going to love this issue.

Don't forget that membership in the club makes a wonderful gift that keeps on giving all year long with four quarterly issues of the magazine included in membership. Click here for membership details.

Non-members can order a copy of the magazine from our website here.

The new issue includes:

  • The Beatles A Day In The Life
  • Coming Up
  • Media Watch
  • An Evening with Paul McCartney
  • There Are Places I Remember
  • The Beatles and their Apple artists
  • The Beatles epic ‘Get Back’ - fan reviews
  • Paperback Writers
  • Beatles Quiz Time
  • Try Some, Buy Some-New Releases
  • Beatle Boots
  • Offers and Discounts
  • As I Write This Letter
  • Crap Photo of the Month

Thursday, 3 February 2022



This single has been kindly sent to us by Beat Archiv, in Germany who are celebrating their thirtieth anniversary.

They have had a long association with artists connected to The Beatles, such as Klaus Voormann, Tony Sheridan, and The Quarrymen.

This one-sided single was recorded in Germany on 2 October 2020 and features Chas Newby on bass and Rod Davis on guitar. They are joined by Edmund Thielow and Karsten Stewart on washboard and drums to play ‘Lost John.’ The single was recorded live at Stadttheater, Glauchau, Germany.

The recording is excellent quality with Rod in excellent voice.

The song was recorded just six days before what would have been John Lennon’s 80th birthday and one I think John would have enjoyed very much.

The single itself is available as a limited edition of 250 copies and released on 10 January 2022.

Check out Beat Archiv at


~Ernie Sutton

Mark your calendars for Beatles1 Day - 1 May 2022


Saturday, 29 January 2022

Bill Harry interview in The Shortlisted online magazine


The British online magazine The Shortlisted notified us that they have just interviewed Bill Harry, who is the man that introduced The Beatles to Brian Epstein at The Cavern Club, went to school with John Lennon and Stuart Sutcliffe and created the legendary Liverpool music paper Mersey Beat. 

Read this very interesting interview here

“Now And The Evermore” by Colin Hay featuring Ringo Starr On Drums Out Now Extensive US Tour This Spring

Colin Hay Announces New Album Now And The Evermore out March 18 via Compass Records 

Listen To “Now And The Evermore” Featuring Ringo Starr On Drums Out Now 

 Extensive US Tour This Spring 

January 24, 2022: Colin Hay is excited to announce that his upcoming album Now And The Evermore will be released on March 18, 2022 via Lazy Eye/Compass Records. Along with the announcement, Hay shared the album’s title track from the album, featuring a guest appearance from Ringo Starr who played drums on the track.


Listen to “Now And The Evermore” HERE`

"’Now And The Evermore’ is a reminder to myself, to make the most of what time I have left walking around on top of the planet,” says Hay. “When I listen to it, it transports me back to when I thought I had all the time in the world. It is a song which is unashamedly inspired by the majesty of The Beatles, and the gift they gave us all. Having Ringo Starr play on the track is more than icing on the cake." 

“I’m deeply grateful for the life I have, and I think my natural tendency has always been towards optimism and humor. Lately, though, I’ve had to be more intentional about it. I’ve had to actively seek out the positive, to let new rays of hope shine on some seemingly dark situations.”  

That’s precisely what Hay does with his new album. Facing down struggle, loss, and even his own mortality with grit and wit at every turn. Written and recorded in Hay’s adopted hometown of Los Angeles, the collection is a defiantly joyful celebration of life and love, one that insists on finding silver linings and reasons to smile. The music is vibrant and animated, brimming with fanciful melodies and lush orchestration. Hay’s performances draw on vintage pop charm, pub rock muscle, and folk sincerity to forge a sound that’s at once playful and profound, clever and compassionate, whimsical and earnest. At its most basic level, Now And The Evermore offers a deeply personal acknowledgement of the relentless march of time, but zoom out and you’ll see that Hay’s contemplations of identity and eternity are in fact broader reflections on our shared humanity, on letting go of dead weight and reaching for the light no matter how dark things may get. 

Born in Scotland, Hay moved with his family as a teenager to Australia, where he first came to international fame with seminal ’80s hitmakers Men At Work. While the band would reach the heights of stardom—they took home a GRAMMY Award for Best New Artist and sold more than 30 million records worldwide on the strength of #1 singles like “Who Can It Be Now?” and “Down Under”—by 1985, they’d called it quits and gone their separate ways. 

Hay released his solo debut the following year and, over the course of the next three-and-a-half decades, went on to record twelve more critically acclaimed studio albums that would help establish him as one of his generation’s most hardworking and reliable craftsmen.  Rolling Stone praised his “witty, hooky pop” tunes, while NPR’s World Café lauded his “distinctive voice,” and late night hosts from David Letterman and Craig Ferguson to Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel have all welcomed him for performances. 

Over the course of his career, Hay has developed a reputation as a gifted raconteur with serious comedy chops, and his frequent appearances at LA’s Largo club helped garner him a legion of fans in the entertainment world. Among them was actor/director Zach Braff, who called Hay’s mix of heartfelt songwriting and hilarious storytelling “one of the most amazing things I had ever seen.” Braff would go on to feature Hay’s music prominently in the GRAMMY-winning soundtrack for Garden State and invite him to appear as himself on the hit series Scrubs, which helped introduce his music to a whole new generation of listeners.

On top of his rigorous schedule as a solo artist, Hay has also managed to tour the world several times over with Ringo Starr & His All–Star Band, release an audiobook of Aesop’s Fables, star in the award-winning documentary Waiting For My Real Life, and even provide the voice for Fergus Flamingo in Disney’s The Wild

In support of the album, Hay will embark on an extensive US tour starting in March, and will join up with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band for a run of dates in June. See list of tour dates below, and for the full itinerary, visit his website:

Now And The Evermore Tracklist:

1. Now And The Evermore

2. Love Is Everywhere

3. Into The Bright Lights

4. The Sea Of Always

5. Starfish And Unicorns

6. A Man Without A Name

7. Undertow

8. All I See Is You

9. Agatha Bell

10. When Does The End Begin?


Tour Dates:

March 18 - Fort Collins, CO @ The Lincoln Theater

March 19 - Denver, CO @ Paramount Theater

March 21 - Belleville, IL @ Lincoln Theatre

March 22 - Madison, WI @ Barrymore Theatre

March 24 - Minneapolis, MN @ Pantages Theatre

March 25 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Pabst Theater

March 26 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall

March 27 - Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre

March 29 - Cincinnati, OH @  The Andrew J Brady Music Center

March 30 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Carnegie Music Hall

April 1 - Patchogue, NY @ Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts

April 2 - Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre

April 5 - Annapolis, MD @ Maryland Hall For the Creative Arts

April 6 - Glenside, PA @ Keswick Theatre

April 7 - Tarrytown, NY @ Tarrytown Music Hall

April 8 - Concord, NH @ Capitol Center for the Arts

April 9 - Boston, MA @ The Wilbur

April 10 - Boston, MA @ The Wilbur

April 12 - New York City, NY @ City Winery

April 13 - New York City, NY @ City Winery

April 14 - West Long Branch, NJ @ Monmouth University

April 21 - Clearwater, FL @ Capitol Theatre

April 22 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Amaturo Theater at Broward Center for the Performing Arts

April 23 - Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live

April 24 - Ponte Vedra, FL @ Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

April 27 - Charleston, SC @ Charleston Music Hall

April 29 - Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre

May 1 - Nashville, TN @ City Winery Nashville

May 2 - Nashville, TN @ City Winery Nashville

May 4 - Birmingham, AL @ The Lyric Theatre

May 5 - Baton Rouge, LA @ Manship Theatre

May 6 - Houston, TX @ The Heights Theater

May 7 - Austin, TX @ Texas Union

May 8 - Dallas, TX @ Majestic Theatre

May 10 - Albuquerque, NM @ Albuquerque Journal Theatre

May 12 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Virginia G. Piper Theater


For more information, please contact:

Sonny Bailey-Lemansky (

Michael Krumper (

at Missing Piece Group