Tag: Paul McCartney

The angel and devil on John Lennon’s shoulders….

By Donovan Day John Lennon had a reputation as being arrogant and not suffering fools gladly. More than one associate over the years has said he could intimidate those around him with a sharp word from his legendary wit. And yet.... I just finished reading a number of books about John's last decade on earth … Continue reading The angel and devil on John Lennon’s shoulders….

Q & A with a Beatles memorabilia seller…

By Donovan Day From time to time, I imagine myself in a dusty auction house or garage sale or used bookstore somewhere coming across a priceless piece of Beatles memorabilia. An inscribed book or one of John Lennon's old doodles. Hasn't happened yet but we can all dream. Some people don't have to dream. They … Continue reading Q & A with a Beatles memorabilia seller…

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!

My idea for this novel about the Beatles came to me in a dream…

By Donovan Day Really! That's what happened. I was doing research on the Beatles for an article and began dreaming about them all the time. In this one dream, I was in the studio with them and they let me sit in and jam. Hey, it's my dream, right?! Later, we got to talking and … Continue reading My idea for this novel about the Beatles came to me in a dream…

Do Millennials dig The Beatles?

I've met my share of Millennials (those born between 1980 and 2000) who don't like The Beatles or think they are overrated so it was refreshing and gratifying to read the comments by two members of Imagine Dragons who met and performed "Revolution" last year while Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr were in the audience. … Continue reading Do Millennials dig The Beatles?

Francie Schwartz, Paul McCartney’s summertime fling….

By Donovan Day It must be very weird indeed to have a lot of your life defined by a summertime fling from 1968 but that's the fate of Francie Schwartz, an American woman who met and bedded down with Paul McCartney for a few weeks in London back in that pre-Summer of Love. Depending on … Continue reading Francie Schwartz, Paul McCartney’s summertime fling….

Will Sony sell the rights to The Beatles original songs?

The hacked Sony emails keep on giving, passing along some important news to Beatles' fans. The emails, leaked to many places on the web, now reveal that Sony executives were thinking of selling the company's investment in the Beatles' classic song catalog, according to a recent story in the Wall Street Journal. Whether Sony is … Continue reading Will Sony sell the rights to The Beatles original songs?

Who has the best collection of Beatles memorabilia?

By L.A. Rose I was thinking of this question on Christmas Day when one of my gifts happened to be the new book "The Beatles Lyrics" by Hunter Davies who was the band's "official" biographer back in the day, 1966 to 1968. The book contains facimiles of 100 original Beatles' manuscripts and Davies himself owned … Continue reading Who has the best collection of Beatles memorabilia?