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Morrison Hotel Gallery Celebrates The 50th Anniversary of The Beatles Arrival in New York

The Beatles at Airport
All Photos of the Exhibit By Gail (Click on Any Image to Enlarge)

On Thursday, February 6th, one of our favorite venues, the Morrison Hotel Gallery on Prince Street launched a truly exceptional photography show celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ first arrival in the States in 1964.

The Beatles, Abbey Road Studio,
The Beatles at Abbey Road Studio, England 1963 By Terry O’Neill

This exhibit was curated by Julian Lennon, who personally selected 50 photographs of his late father, John Lennon, and his band mates Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison to honor the 50th Anniversary celebration, which has been marked by a variety of events this week including the Fest for Beatles Fans going on it NYC this weekend. Twenty-five photos are on exhibit at MHG’s New York space with an additional twenty-five on display at its sister gallery in Los Angeles.

Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the Opening Reception (Keep in mind that the quality of these original photographs  is vastly superior to my representations).

Ringo Starr
Ringo at His Kit

Paul and George on the Beach
Paul and George on the Beach By Curt Gunther (1964)

Brian Epstein and The Beatles
Brian Epstein and The Beatles By Curt Gunther (1964)

The Beatles with Cassius Clay
The Beatles with Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) in the Ring By Charles Trainor (1964)

The Beatles with Stripped Umbrellas
The Beatles in Scotland By Robert Whitaker (1964)

Paul and John with Ed Sullivan
The Beatles and Ed Sullivan Back Stage By Charles Trainor (1964)

The Beatles at Airport
The Beatles Arrive in NYC By Ken Regan (1964)

Pattie Boyd Signature

Pattie Boyd, former wife of George Harrison and muse who inspired songs like “Something” and “For You Blue” was at the reception and graciously signed my copy of her book.

Needless to say, but you can see I am about to, This exhibit is not to be missed for any Beatles Fan.

The Morrison Hotel Gallery is now Located in its New Space at 116 Prince Street, Second Floor NYC.

The Beatles Logo

Piano Used By The Beatles at Abbey Road Studio for Sale


Photograph: Bonhams/BNPS.co.uk

The Challen upright piano pictured above – covered in coffees stains and cigarette burns – comes from studio three at Abbey Road Studios, where it used between the years of 1964 to 1980 in recording sessions by The Beatles as well as other bands, such as Pink Floyd. Imagine the stories this piano would tell if it could speak! Think back on any Beatles’ song with a memorable piano riff (“Martha My Dear,” which Paul McCartney wrote about his sheep dog, comes to mind) and chances are high this piano is the one making that sound. The piano goes up for sale on August15, 2010 at Vintage Goodwood, West Sussex, UK where it’s expected to fetch as much as £150,000 at auction.

Link at Guardian Co UK via Neatorama

Syd Barrett: Wish You Were Here

Syd Barrett

On This Date, January 6th, in 1975: Pink Floyd entered London’s Abbey Road Studios to begin recording its seventh studio album, Wish You Were Here. Like much of Pink Floyd’s material, the album’s two-part song “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” is a tribute to the band’s former singer and guitarist Syd Barrett, whose drug-induced breakdown had forced him to leave the band several years earlier. Syd would also have celebrated his birthday today (Born 1/6/1946), if he had not passed away in July of 2006 at the age of 60. Shine on you crazy diamond.

Wish You Were Here
Wish You Were Here Cover Art

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The Beatles On Record Comes to The History Channel!

Beatles B&W

Even though 10:00 PM is not exactly “too late” to stay awake, everyone I know has so much going on with pre-Thanksgiving preparations that it would be a shame to conk out early and miss The Beatles On Record, a new documentary which will premiere broadcast on The History Channel Wednesday, November 25th at 10:00 PM!

Here’s a little synopsis from The Beatles Dot Com:

The Beatles On Record charts The Beatles’ extraordinary recording journey from “Please Please Me” to the epic Abbey Road LP and reveals how they developed as musicians, matured as songwriters and created an enduring body of work that pushed the boundaries of studio recording, changing the course of musical history and popular culture. Narrated entirely by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and Sir George Martin, The Beatles On Record features over 60 songs, rarely seen footage and images from The Beatles’ archives along with never-before-heard outtakes of conversation from the original recording sessions. The result is an intimate look at the creative process behind each of the band’s Abbey Road Studios masterpieces. The documentary is directed by Bob Smeaton, who directed the landmark Beatles Anthology series and created mini-documentaries for The Beatles’ recently released re-mastered albums on CD!”

I am so excited to see this program, and I’m sure you are, too! So, don’t forget to set your DVR’s to record the History Channel (Channel 40 for Time Warner Cable subscribers, Channel 740 in HD) at 10:00 PM Wednesday. The program reruns a bunch of times throughout the next few days (the Beatles Official Website actually refers to additional airings on “later dates across A&E Television Networks”), so if you space out, check local listings for additional opportunities to catch what will surely be an awesome show! Because the Beatles are awesome!