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The British Are Coming: CNN Special Presentation of ‘THE SIXTIES Features Micky Dolenz Premieres Thursday, Jan. 30

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Multiple Emmy® Award-winning executive producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman (HBO’s John Adams and The Pacific), and Emmy® Award-winning producer Mark Herzog (History’s Gettysburg) of Herzog & Company (HCO), will reignite the landmark musical revolution of 1964 in this special presentation from their CNN Original Series. The one-hour special, THE SIXTIES: The British Invasion will premiere on CNN/U.S. on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 9:00pmET and PT. The full 10-part episode CNN Original Series THE SIXTIES will begin in May 2014.

The British Invasion begins with the breakthrough performance of The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show, which was watched by a record-setting 73 million viewers, blazing a culture-changing path through America fifty years ago next month. The Beatles’ success was quickly followed by other British bands hoping to conquer the hearts of American teens. Those siren calls of The Animals, The Kinks, The Hollies, The Dave Clarke 5, The Who, and The Rolling Stones are all revisited in this paean to the power of the music that defined a generation – and remain vital and relevant today.

The Ed Sullivan Show introducing The Beatles to America aired on Feb. 9, 1964, and their thrilling, mesmerizing appearance launched a revolution in fashion, hairstyles, advertising, politics, and sexual mores that have influenced virtually every aspect of modern American life. Throughout the special, soul song legend Smokey Robinson; Graham Nash (of The Hollies and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young); Ahmir“Questlove” Thompson, music journalist, record producer and drummer for the Grammy® Award-winning band The Roots; rock columnist David Wild; Micky Dolenz of the American musical group, The Monkees; and more, all provide insights into how the “British invasion” was actually a reciprocal flow of influences back and forth with American artists. The legendary era of Bob Dylan, Motown, The Beach Boys, and others, laid down the beats that formed the soundtrack of a generation.

THE SIXTIES: The British Invasion follows the strong ratings success of THE SIXTIES: The Assassination of JFK (1963), which was seen by 21.0 million total viewers and 8.2 million viewers in the coveted 25 to 54 age demo. The Assassination of JFK (1963) and The British Invasion will air again when full THESIXTIES series launches in May 2014. The 10 episodes of THE SIXTIES focus on the indelible impact of technology, drugs, music, “free love,” and civil rights, bringing new insights to the landmark events and extraordinary people which shaped our history and character as Americans – and changed the world.

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John Lennon’s $20M Britain Mansion Remains Unsold

The English mansion where John Lennon once lived at the height of his Beatles fame is still on the market — 18 months after it was put up for sale.

The rocker lived in the six-bedroom property, named Kenwood, in Surrey, England between 1964 and 1968 with his then-wife Cynthia after buying it for $30,000.

It originally went up for sale in 2012 with the owner asking for $22.5 million for the property, but the price has since dropped to $20.6 million.

Clips from a home movie showing Lennon at the house were included in the 1988 film John Lennon: Imagine.

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Paul McCartney in Talks to Perform Last Show at Candlestick Park

Paul McCartney is in top secret talks to perform the final show at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park before the wrecking ball demolishes the sports mecca, according to media reports.

The Beatles performed their final Stateside concert at the former home of both baseball’s Giants and football’s 49ers in August, 1966, and now venue bosses are hoping McCartney will return for one final, historic show.

The 53-year-old park will be demolished in early 2015.

One Candlestick Park official tells the San Jose Mercury News that he “remained hopeful” that the former Beatles star would take the stage one last time, and Phil Ginsberg, general manager for San Francisco’s Recreation and Parks Department, says, “Keep your fingers crossed. It’s a possibility.”

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Beatle Fan Tours The World With Paul McCartney

As a 13-year-old New York City schoolgirl, Irene Katz fell in love with The Beatles as did most of her peers. Her favorite was Paul McCartney. When she discovered the group was coming to New York for their first American visit, Irene just had to see them and give them (especially Paul) the chance to see her! What she couldn’t know then was that her face would become one of the most memorable images of American Beatlemania, seen in countless films, documentaries and TV shows.

Knowing that her parents would never allow her to spend all day on the Manhattan streets screaming for an English rock ‘n’ roll group, she cooked up a scheme. She told her parents she was going to stay at a girlfriend’s house, studying Friday night and all day Saturday, but early Saturday morning the girls high-tailed it to the Plaza Hotel and stood screaming words of love towards The Beatles’ rooms, hoping that “The Fab Four” would notice them.

Irene knew she had to stand out from the crowd, so she decided to make a distinctive sign. She thought of a very British expression: “The King is dead, long live the King.” That led her to devise a contemporary adaptation: “Elvis is dead. Long live The Beatles.”

The sign was a standout and drew the attention of TV news crews covering the event, zeroing in on her and making it the lead item that night on the New York City evening news. Consequently, that meant she was busted when her parents saw their daughter on TV. However, that didn’t stop Irene from sneaking out the next day to scream outside the Beatles hotel again.

The following Wednesday (February 12th 1964) Irene saw the Beatles from the decidedly better vantage point in the audience at the group’s debut New York concert at Carnegie Hall.

Time marches on and Irene grew up but never stopped being a Beatles fan. Through the decades, that news footage of the teenaged Irene and her sign continued to be featured in movies, documentaries and TV programs.

Then one day in 2002 she attended a Paul McCartney concert where she suddenly spotted a familiar face right behind Paul as he sang “All My Loving.” There on the giant video screen throughout most of the song was the young Irene Katz in all her Beatlemaniac glory with her memorable sign. As it turns out, McCartney had selected that exact footage for one of the key video montages that plays during his concerts worldwide. So it was that Irene’s teenage fantasy of touring the world with Paul and being with him ever night had actually come true. Today, at 63, the young grandmother is still a Beatles fan and on stage behind Paul at every concert around the world.

Irene Katz will be a special guest at the upcoming 2014 Fest For Beatles Fans, taking place at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City on February 7th through 9th.

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The Beatles and Kraftwerk Earn Lifetime Achievement Awards

The Beatles, Kraftwerk, and the Isley Brothers will all be honored with the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award early next year. The special, invite-only ceremony takes place on January 25, the night before the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. Other Lifetime Achievement Award recipients include singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson, Zydeco virtuoso Clifton Chenier, Mexican singer Armando Manzanero, and violinist Maud Powell.

“It is a great privilege to recognize such an exceptional group of honorees and celebrate their accomplishments and contributions to the recording industry,” Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the Recording Academy, said in a statement. “This astoundingly unique and gifted group have created some of the most distinguished and influential work in our musical history. Their legacies are timeless and legendary, and their creativity will continue to influence and inspire future generations.”

The Recording Academy also revealed the picks for 2014’s Trustees Award and Technical Grammy Awards. Legendary composer Ennio Morricone will be given the Trustees Award, which recognizes notable contributions in recording outside of performance. Rock photographer Jim Marshall, who passed away in 2010 at age 74, will receive the Trustees distinction posthumously; producer and FAME Studios owner Rick Hall will also be honored with the Trustees Award. Emile Berliner, inventor of the gramophone (you know, the device that the Grammys are named after), will be given tribute via a posthumous Technical Grammy Award.

While the Special Merit Awards ceremony is closed off to the public, a formal acknowledgement will be made during the 2014 Grammys telecast, which airs live on CBS on January 26.

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Source: Newswire

The Monkees in the American Pop Music Hall of Fame!

After years of being snubbed by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Monkees have been inducted into the American Pop Music Hall of Fame, joining other luminaries as The Beatles, Buddy Holly, Chicago, Dean Martin and other Pop Music greats. Unlike the RRHOF which has a small and elite voting board, The Monkees received many public votes, topping Johnny Mathis who led the votes last year.

December 9, 2013

America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame Announces Inductees

14 acts voted into sophomore class

Chicago, Monkees, Bee Gees among inductees

Chicago, the Monkees and the Bee Gees are among the 14 pop acts selected by public vote for induction into the sophomore class of America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame.

The Monkees, who have famously been snubbed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, topped the 2014 public vote for the Pop Music Hall of Fame. (Johnny Mathis led the vote for 2013 inductees).

Also elected into the Hall of Fame are Tony Bennett, the Carpenters, Buddy Holly, Elton John, Carole King, Dean Martin, Roy Orbison, Patti Page, the Platters, Simon & Garfunkel and the Supremes.

Inductees had to have a charted song prior to 1971 to be considered. They were selected from 25 nominees chosen by a music industry panel based on the breadth, depth and influence of the artists’ recordings. These, alphabetically, are the 2014 inductees into America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame.

After a series of pop/rock ballads in the ‘60s, they were stayin’ alive in the ‘70s by commandeering the disco era….The Bee Gees

His trek from “Rags to Riches” has covered seven decades, but he left his heart in San Francisco…Tony Bennett

This brother-sister act defined the soft-rock era with songs such as “Close to You” and “We’ve Only Just Begun” in the early ‘70s…The Carpenters

They successfully fused rock, pop and jazz over three decades with hits such as “Saturday in the Park,” “25 or 6 to 4” and “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day”… Chicago

With just 18 months in the spotlight, he nonetheless influenced generations of singers…Buddy Holly

He’s the No. 1 solo artist in pop history – and he’s still standing…Elton John

A singer-songwriter, she recorded the iconic album of the ‘70s with “Tapestry”…Carole King

A star of stage, screen and television – and a singer, too! – everybody loves… Dean Martin

They received more votes than any other 2014 nominee. Hey, hey, they’re…The Monkees

His sensational, soaring voice helped define the ‘60s with “Oh Pretty Woman” and “Blue Bayou”…Roy Orbison

With “Tennessee Waltz,” “Allegheny Moon” and “Old Cape Cod,” she was a rock star before the phrase was coined…Patti Page

Their silky smooth ballads from the ‘50s and early ‘60s remain jukebox favorites…The Platters

Their poetic folk music from “Sounds of Silence” to “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” inspired a generation… Simon & Garfunkel

With five consecutive No. 1 singles in the mid-‘60s, they were the face of Motown…The Supremes

The artists join The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Bobby Darin, Neil Diamond, Brenda Lee, Johnny Mathis, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Vinton and Stevie Wonder in America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame.


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TV News: Lady Gaga to Perform on Beatles Special: The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles

The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four’s U.S. debut performance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, will air Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, from 8-10 p.m. ET/PT, the network announced Thursday.

Taping the day after the Grammys on Monday, Jan. 27, the special also will highlight the legacy of the seven-time Grammy-winning group.

“An all-star line-up headed up by Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and George’s wife Olivia Harrison, along with some of the biggest names in music such as Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Adele, Bruno Mars, P!nk and Katy Perry will gather to celebrate and perform the songs of The Beatles,” he said.

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Beatlemania Turns 50 With The World’s Biggest Beatles Celebration In NYC

On February 7, 1964, The Beatles arrived in America and the world has never been the same. On February 7, 2014, The Fest for Beatles Fans, the world’s longest running Beatles celebration, will honor this moment with a 50th Anniversary event in New York City, the launch pad for the band’s world domination. Event founder Mark Lapidos announced that the 2014 Fest will take place on Friday, February 7 through Sunday, February 9 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City, with the dates and days of the week corresponding exactly to the dates of the Beatles’ 1964 arrival at JFK Airport, and performance on the Ed Sullivan Show. Lapidos says, “We’re going all out to make this celebration of the Beatles’ 50th Anniversary and The Fest’s own 40th Anniversary, into our biggest and best show ever! It is exciting to return to New York City, to the very place where it all started in America.”

Guests at the New York Fest will include many close associates of the Beatles, several of whom were also chart topping British Invasion music stars including Donovan (“Mellow Yellow”), Peter Asher (Peter & Gordon “World Without Love” and former A&R at Apple Records), Billy J. Kramer (“Bad To Me”), Chad & Jeremy (“Yesterday’s Gone”), and former UK head of the Beatles Fan Club, Freda Kelly who is profiled in the recent documentary “Good Ol’ Freda.” Featuring more live music than ever before, additional guests include Ringo Starr’s current musical director Mark Rivera and former producer Mark Hudson, the Smithereens, Birds of Paradox (Steve Holley of Wings, and Gary Van Scyoc & Adam Ippolito of John Lennon’s 1972 concert band, the Nutopians), Ed Sullivan Show production executive Vince Calandra who stood in for George Harrison during “Sullivan” TV rehearsals, last season of NBC’s “The Voice” finalist Garrett Gardner, and Beatles tribute band Liverpool.