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Brian Epstein was NOT the 5th Beatle…George Martin was!

By Donovan Day [Note: I wrote this blog post a few weeks ago and made my case for why I thought producer George Martin could lay claim to the title 5th Beatle. It always bothered me to read the 1997 quote from Paul McCartney that claimed Brian Epstein as the 5th Beatle. Overnight, Martin passed … Continue reading Brian Epstein was NOT the 5th Beatle…George Martin was!

A quiz on those women of the ’60s…

Great piece by one of our contributors

Beatles4Ever -- the band that rules the world

By Donovan Day

If you think a lot about the 1960s, like I did with my research for my novel “Get Back, Imagine…saving John Lennon,” you can’t help but come away with a newfound admiration for the women who lived in the day when the Beatles roamed the UK.

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It wasn’t just that the fashions were mod and they adopted the mini-skirt with two hands and legs to match, it’s that they had some indescribable something. They were the first generation to all break loose of societal norms at one time and yes, free love, drugs and sex were in the air.

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What a time. The ’60s also had some of the most iconic women actresses ever. It was still a time when the mass media was somewhat new so very few hated it like now. So enjoy these photos and pine for the old days that many of us…

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Best product placement ever? Ringo’s drum kit on Ed Sullivan…

I always knew that Ringo's famous drum head that he played on the Ed Sullivan show had that famous Beatles drop-T logo and, above it, the name of the company that manufactured the entire black oyster kit that Ringo loved so much. How did the logo come about? Turns out that, when Ringo joined the band, Brian Epstein took him shopping to a place called "Drum City"....

Why don’t we really give peace a chance?

It's easy to say, easy to sing but giving peace -- really giving it a chance -- is hard. Why? Because it means both we and the terrorists stop killing each other. Because it means we do not retaliate for the Paris attacks. We don't talk about pitiless attacks against 'them.' We kill them, they … Continue reading Why don’t we really give peace a chance?