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"....

Hey, which Beatles songs are you streaming?

By Donovan Day By now you've read that the top Beatles' song being streamed worldwide is "Come Together" from Abbey Road but the truth is that the song is probably No. 1 because it is the first track on Abbey Road (confession: my favorite Beatles' LP). But Vulture.com went one better and averaged out all … Continue reading Hey, which Beatles songs are you streaming?

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?

John Lennon’s Irish island subject of new novel….

By Donovan Day I'm not sure how many Beatles' fans know this--I didn't--but back in 1967 John Lennon bought an island off the western coast of Ireland where he planned to retire and/or find a getaway from the world, depending on which version of the story you choose to believe. The green glint in Lennon's … Continue reading John Lennon’s Irish island subject of new novel….

There really is a time warp in Liverpool, home of the Beatles…

As the author of a young adult novel about traveling back in time to meet the Beatles, I did a fair amount of research and one of the shocking things I discovered is that -- believe it or not -- Liverpool has a time warp that leads travelers back to the 1950s! It's true, or … Continue reading There really is a time warp in Liverpool, home of the Beatles…