‘4’ Free EP for The Beatles Fans

The Beatles are offering a free EP ‘4’ via iTunes for fans. The 4 song digital EP highlights each of the four Beatles solo. The tracks featured are:
John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band – Love (from John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, 1970)
Paul McCartney – Call Me Back Again (from Venus and Mars, 1975)
George Harrison – Let It Down (from All Things Must Pass, 1970)
Ringo Starr – ‘Walk With You’ (from Y Not, 2010)


NYC Celebrate The Beatles

New York city is gearing up for the 50th anniversary of the Beatles first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show with NYC FAB 50, America Celebrates the Music of the Beatles.

The Fab Four first appeared on the Sullivan show on February 9, 1964, kicking off Beatlemania in the United States. The group already had been huge in England but it was this appearance that really kick started their career in the U.S. Sullivan would have the group back the following Sunday along with the week after on tape.

NYC FAB 50 will run from from February 6 through 9 with Twist & Shout: New York Celebrates the Beatles at the Apollo on the first night followed by an all-star concert on the 7th and the Across the Universe Beatles Music Festival, with fifty bands from fifty countries playing the music of the Fab Four, on the 8th and 9th.

The line ups are still being set but the first group of artists has been announced for the Apollo Theatre concert:

•Lloyd Price
•Dee Dee Bridgewater
•Gary U.S. Bonds
•Bettye LaVette
•Melvin Van Peebles
•Kitoto Von Hebb (daughter of Bobby Hebb)
•Barrence Whitfield

Rich Pagano of the Fab Faux will be musical director for the evening. 

All proceeds from the festival go to the Food Bank of New York City. Among the personalities on the advisory board are “Cousin Brucie” Morrow, Dick Cavett, “Little” Anthony Gourdine, Tommy James, Spank McFarlane and Tommy Roe.

CBS To Air ‘Beatles’ Tribute

CBS will salute one of the most significant events in television and music history on Sunday, February 9 with The Night That Changed America: A Grammy® Salute To The Beatles.

The Beatles’ first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964 is one of the most watched television events ever with 74 million people tuning in to watch the group perform five songs during the variety hour.

“The Beatles are one of music’s most iconic groups, who won their first two Grammys, including one for Best New Artist, in 1964, the same year they took America by storm,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “As the Grammy Awards are Music’s Biggest Night®, it’s only fitting that we recognize this milestone moment in music history and pay tribute to this larger than life group and their enduring music and legacy.”

“Whether you were alive to witness it on television that night, or you’ve just known about it all your life, that first television appearance by the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show is historic,” said executive producer Ken Ehrlich of AEG Ehrlich Ventures. “To be able to celebrate this significant event 50 years later, and to the exact day, date, and time, with an all-star cast of Grammy participants shapes up to be one for the books.”

“That night 50 years ago on the Ed Sullivan stage, the Beatles delivered a momentous performance, and America witnessed a historic television event and the beginning of a new era in music,” said Jack Sussman, CBS Entertainment Executive Vice President of Specials & Events. “We are thrilled to honor these music legends with performances from amazing Grammy-winning artists who were influenced by the Beatles’ unforgettable music through the years and that incredible performance in 1964.”

The two-hour show will tape on Monday, January 27, the day after the Grammy Awards. Performers and presenters will be announced in the near future.