Lost Beatles footage to be shown for first time in more than 50 years

The Fab Four’s appearance on Top of the Pops in the summer of 1966 was thought to have been lost to history before the collector David Chandler handed over a series of 8mm film reels.

Chandler gave the haul to Kaleidoscope, a group that specialises in recovering video and TV shows. Experts remastered the footage and enhanced the sound of the clip, featuring 92 seconds of the Beatles performing Paperback Writer.

David V. Picker who brought The Beatles to the big screen dies aged 87

Picker, who served as the head of United Artists, Paramount and Columbia for more than half a century, died at home in New York at the weekend.

The movie boss introduced the Beatles to Hollywood with the films A Hard Day’s Night and Help! and kickstarted the film career of comic Steve Martin.

“It’s a Beatle haircut”: historian says 15th-century portrait is a 1960s fake

To the National Gallery, the man depicted in the masterpiece that hangs in its gallery of 15th-century treasures is a holy man, possibly a saint, reading a legal text. And the portrait is believed – at least by the gallery’s experts – to have been created in the workshop of the Netherlandish painter Rogier van der Weyden.

But to one leading art historian, it is nothing of the sort.

What makes Ringo Starr a Great Drummer – Tribute by Sina

Ringo is still the most underrated drummer in Rock. This humble tribute is meant to illustrate the importance of Ringo Starr’s unique drum work for the Beatles. 

First of all, I need to get the credits right: Big thanks to Johnny Silver and Ian Watts for giving me permission to use their recordings for my sound samples. 

Johnny Silver is one of the world’s finest John Lennon impersonators. He founded ‘The Silver Beatles’ more than 20 years ago. My dad joined his band in May 1999, the month I was born and he was with the Silver Beatles for as long as 10 years. 

That’s the reason why Milena and I literally grew up with Beatles music. Ian Watts was with the Silver Beatles basically between 2002 and 2007. Yes, Ian is the producer of the Nursery Rhyme Collection that I started introducing every Tuesday. No, it’s not a coincidence that some of those Nursery Rhymes feature a Beatlesque sound. Drummer on the Original Recordings was Steve Heappey (sorry Steve for erasing your parts, they were excellent!) 

The keyboard solos for ‘In My Life’ and ‘Come Together’ were played by… right, Rick Benbow. He also played on ‘Strawberry Fields’

Johnny Silver (John’s parts)
Ian Watts (Paul’s parts)
Mike Wilbury (George’s parts)
Sina (Ringo’s parts)

Rick Benbow (Keyboards for ‘Strawberry Fields’, ‘In My Life’ ‘Come Together’, ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’, ‘Something’)