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April 4, 1996 | Daily News Wire Services
When the Beatles' much-hyped "Anthology 1" was released last fall, it was fully expected not only to blow right onto the pop albums chart with a No. 1 debut, but also to break a flurry of sales records. It easily met all expectations. The recent release of the second installment in the Beatles' trilogy - the much-less-hyped "Anthology 2" - sparked just one question: How could it possibly compete with the phenomenal numbers racked up by "Anthology 1"? The answer: It couldn't - but its performance was still impressive.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 2012 | By Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Staff Writer
Wonder upon wonders, "new" material from the Beatles is still springing forth — on Apple apps, videodiscs, CD, and soon at a movie theater near you. Material evidence George Harrison was the gearhead of the group — quite a good photographer and gadget lover — and also a media hoarder. Evidence comes to the fore Tuesday with the home-video release of Martin Scorsese's documentary film "George Harrison: Living in the Material World" and the simultaneous release of the Abrams Books multitouch iPad/iPhone/iPod e-book of the same name.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 1997 | By Desmond Ryan, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Yellow Submarine, an inspired piece of animation in more than one way, was the Beatles' last major collaboration for the screen before the band broke up in 1970. Because of the genre and its associations, the third Beatles feature doesn't command quite the popularity of those two exuberant and quintessentially '60s movies Help! and A Hard Day's Night. In many ways that hardly seems fair. And not just because the score for Yellow Submarine is mostly from the group's landmark album Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
NEWS
October 5, 1993 | by Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Staff Writer
THE BEATLES 1962-1966 The Beatles (Apple) THE BEATLES 1967-1970 Re-released today - exactly 20 years after their debut on vinyl - these two double-CD greatest-hits collections go a long way toward encapsulating the power that was The Beatles - the most creatively inspired, revolutionary and enduring pop/rock band in history. Even the Fab Four couldn't explain their chemistry - though high-toned musicologists such as conductor/composer Leonard Bernstein were quick to define their music as mathematically perfect constructs wedded to universal, utopian lyric themes - from "I Want to Hold Your Hand" to "All You Need Is Love.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 1989 | By Desmond Ryan, Inquirer Movie Critic
With only three of the Fab Four left, there is no chance of a true Beatles reunion and about the same probability that Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison will ever make another movie. But if you can't have a new movie starring the Beatles, will you at least settle for one starring a Beatle? You certainly will when you find out who's going to direct it. Philadelphia's Richard Lester, who made A Hard Day's Night and Help! with the Beatles in the '60s, is planning a reunion of his own with McCartney.
NEWS
April 3, 1987 | By JOSEPH P. BLAKE, Daily News Staff Writer
WRTI (90.1/FM), Temple University's mostly jazz station, is kicking off its spring fundraiser today and is asking listeners to groove with it by sending some serious scratch to the station. The fundraiser runs through April 12 and the station has set a goal of $87,000. There will be the usual gifts of coffee mugs, T-shirts, picnic blankets and other items for those pledging $30 or more. To make a pledge call 787-8900. THE ONE AND ONLY Ain't nothing like the real thing, baby.
NEWS
June 9, 1998 | By Francesca Chapman Daily News wire services contributed to this report
"I'm an acquired taste - I'm anchovies. And not everybody wants those hairy little things. If I was potato chips, I could go a lot more places, but I'm not. " - Singer Tori Amos, in Rolling Stone magazine Yeah, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr were all there in the same room. And they did sing. From their respective pews. Accompanied by 700 other people. So you could say the hyped/hoped-for "Beatles reunion" occurred in one sense yesterday, but of course the Fab Three had gathered together for something much more serious: to pay respects to McCartney's late wife Linda, who died April 17. Her memorial service, held at London's landmark church of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, brought out the usual celebrity mourners, like Sir Elton John and Sting.
NEWS
May 11, 2011
David Mason, 85, a classical musician best known for his distinctive piccolo trumpet solo on the Beatles' recording of "Penny Lane," died April 29 after a brief battle with leukemia, according to the All Music online database. The Beatles' Paul McCartney was looking to embellish "Penny Lane" when he saw Mr. Mason on television playing the trumpet on Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major. The next morning, producer George Martin recruited Mr. Mason to record with the Fab Four.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 1989 | By Barbara Beck, Daily News Staff Writer
The best examples of the Beatles' ability to reflect the doubts and aspirations of the 1960s can be seen in the dozen or so videotapes starring the Fab Four. Watching the tapes reminds us just how neat John and Paul and George and Ringo were yesterday, and what life was like as we waited for their moment to arrive. "THE COMPLEAT BEATLES" (MGM/UA Home Video, $19.95) is a 6-year-old, two- hour compilation documentary. Unfortunately, there are no Ed Sullivan clips (just Ed's introduction)
NEWS
March 14, 1992 | By Rip Rense, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
What promises to be the most detailed radio documentary on the Beatles ever made, featuring rarely heard music by the fabled group, will debut later this month. Westwood One Radio Networks' The Beatle Years debuts nationally the week of March 29. It'll be carried here by WYSP-FM (94.1), which has not set an air date. Years is hosted by Elliot Mintz, who did Westwood One's highly successful Lost Lennon Tapes series. It will be a weekly examination of the career of the most influential group in pop-music history, and will include performances broadcast on BBC radio as long as 30 years ago but seldom or never aired in the United States.
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June 24, 2015 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
With the exception of the cult favorite "Temporary Secretary" from 1980's McCartney II , the song least familiar to Paul McCartney's fans during his sold-out 2 hour, 45 minute show at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday was called "Hope for the Future. " His baby boomer fans - on average a good three decades older than the youngsters who sang along at the Firefly Festival in Dover, Del., two nights before - may not know it, but Sir Paul has been writing music for video games. Specifically for Destiny , a sci-fi first-person shooter for which he penned "Hope," a song that (naturally)
NEWS
June 22, 2015 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
DOVER, Del. - It doesn't get much cheerier than the scene round about midnight on Friday at the Firefly Music Festival. The world's greatest surviving Beatle was bringing his headlining set at the largest music fest on the East Coast to a crescendo by leading thousands of fans - most more than 40 years his junior - in a sing-along, dance-in-the-mud version of "Hey Jude. " For Paul McCartney, who turned 73 on Thursday, the celebration had begun two hours earlier when he opened at the Woodlands at Dover International Speedway, singing an exultant, rocked-out rendition of his former band's "Birthday" before a sold-out crowd of 90,000 spread over Firefly's sprawling grounds, soaked with heavy rains earlier in the week.
NEWS
June 14, 2015 | By Zoë Miller, Inquirer Staff Writer
Saturday & Sunday WILDWOOD Get your brew on at the inaugural Wildwood Beer Fest, happening in Fox Park (between East Burk and East Montgomery Avenues). Split into three sessions - noon to 4 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday - the event features more than 100 craft beers from vendors such as Cape May Brewing Co. and Philadelphia's Yards Brewing Co. Tickets ($40) for timed sessions can be purchased online. Each ticket comes with a souvenir tasting cup and grants access to unlimited beer and live music.
NEWS
March 20, 2015 | Inquirer Staff
Sam Smith sheds surplusage These days, we know all about the stars. I mean all . As in, what they weigh today compared with last Thursday. Sweet-voiced Sam Smith , multi-Grammy-winner, has become famous for his stylish corpulence. He now says he has lost 14 pounds in 14 days. He's become a devotee of Amelia Freer 's healthy-stuff book, Eat. Nourish. Glow ., which you and I don't need, of course. He says it has "transformed" his "relationship with food. " Lookin' good, too.   Kate lets kat outta the bag   AYK, the U.K. Royals do not give media interviews.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2015 | By Nick Cristiano, Inquirer Staff Writer
She's 69 now, but it's been only in the last 10 years that Bettye LaVette has gained a measure of the acclaim and recognition she long deserved. "I thought I was going to die broke and obscure," the soul singer extraordinaire says via phone from a Toronto hotel room. "Now I'm just going to die broke. " The Detroit-area native might not have reached an Aretha-like level of stardom or financial security - something that still gnaws at her - but she has made a name for herself with her searing interpretations of songs by other artists.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 2015 | Howard Gensler, The Daily News
Contract balks According to the Hollywood Reporter , "American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips has complained to the California Labor Commission to get out of the contract with 19 Entertainment, the company that signed him from the show. "I am very grateful for the opportunities provided to me through appearing on 'American Idol'," Phillips said. "The value that the fans and the show have given to my career is not lost on me. However, I have not felt that I have been free to conduct my career in a way that I am comfortable with.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 2014 | By Shaun Brady, For The Inquirer
World Café Live isn't an inherently quiet space. Even when conversations at the bar are at a minimum, the clinking of glasses and silverware and the ordering of drinks tend to create a background din for lower-volume performances. But the packed crowd seemed to hold its collective breath from the moment the Brad Mehldau Trio took the stage Friday night, maintaining a near-complete silence for the entire 100-minute performance. The pianist and his triomates - bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard - have inspired just that sort of hushed reverence for the decade they've been together (twice that, if you include the equally lauded tenure of former drummer Jorge Rossy)
TRAVEL
September 21, 2014 | By Lois O'Brien, For The Inquirer
It all began in the early 1960s. I was in sixth grade at a junior high, President John F. Kennedy was in office, our TV was black-and-white, and there was a "party line" on our phone. The world was a big place and communication meant writing letters. I spied a teen magazine at our local drugstore and was quickly drawn to an advertisement that said "Write to us" and we will send you a "pen pal" from England. What a neat idea! So I wrote to them with my name and address and waited. A few weeks went by and I received my first letter, with a baby picture included, from an Angela Nicholson.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 2014 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
AS AUGUST 1964 melted into September, the city was just beginning to recover from the previous week's riots in North Philadelphia. But the brittle calm was splintered into a million pieces by a maelstrom of an entirely different kind. Fifty years ago today, The Beatles hit Philly, almost eight months after their epochal first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show. " They performed at Convention Hall, at 34th and Civic Center Boulevard. The show was promoted by Hy Lit, of WIBG-AM ("Wibbage")
NEWS
April 25, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
AS USUAL, WE'LL get the big news out of the way first: Miley Cyrus has left the hospital. Miley was hospitalized on April 15, for an "absolutely horrible reaction" - elsewhere called an allergic reaction - to flu medication. In the interest of public safety, could someone please tell us the flu medication so flu sufferers can be aware of its potentially scary nine-day hospital-stay side effects? "She is feeling much better and Europe [tour] is still on," an unnamed Miley source told E!
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