RIP David Peel

Update: Please read my article on David Peel (much longer) for Billboard about David Peel: www.billboard.com/articles/news/obituary/7752422/david-peel-dead
Word from his friend, former bandmate (and Applelog author) Jeff S. Levy that David Peel passed away today.
Levy wrote, “My own artistic growth, musically and otherwise, could not have taken on the shape it has had I not met David Peel. He had been a direct and wonderful assault on my senses. I can’t thank him enough. I wouldn’t know where to begin.”
Our condolences to his family and friends.
(Note: A false report circulated Wednesday on Facebook. This is not that false report and comes directly from a close friend.)

Death of Chuck Berry

 

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Without Chuck Berry, we wouldn’t have a lot of the music we do. The Beatles, the Beach Boys (“Surfin’ USA) and certainly the Stones, to name three, were all influenced by Chuck Berry. Continue reading “Death of Chuck Berry”

Report: Beatles’ Magic Alex dead

We’re checking this, but there’s a report from a French news agency that Alexis Mardas, aka Magic Alex, has died. According to the report, he was 74.

Update: This has now been confirmed. We’ve written a story for Billboard that will be up soon.
Update #2: My story on Billboard.com: http://ow.ly/EHEY307ZDDU
Source: Beatles News from Steve Marinucci

RIP, Allan Williams

The Liverpool Echo reports that the Beatles first manager Allan Williams has passed away.
Source: Beatles News from Steve Marinucci

Beatle tributes on social media to Leon Russell

Beatles and family social media tributes to Leon Russell:

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Exclusive: Freda Kelly remembers her good friend Beatles PR man Tony Barrow

Former Beatles Fan Club secretary Freda Kelly said in an exclusive interview with Steve Marinucci Tuesday that news of the death of Beatles PR man Tony Barrow, which was announced May 15, was very sad …

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Paul McCartney, friends react to passing of Beatles’ PR man Tony Barrow

The Beatles' Paul McCartney and several friends issued statements May 15 on the passing of former Beatles public relations man Tony Barrow. In his statement sent Sunday to Beatles Examiner by his press office and later posted on Twitter…

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Beatles PR man Tony Barrow, originator of the term ‘The Fab Four, dead at 80

Tony Barrow, who wrote early stories on the Beatles for the Liverpool Echo, later became their PR man and was credited for coining the term “The Fab Four” that became the preferred label for the group, has died…

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Paul McCartney pays surprise tribute to Prince at first show in Minneapolis

Paul McCartney brought his One On One Tour to Minneapolis May 4, the home of Prince, for the first of two shows there. And he made a surprise change from his usual offering of Beatles and solo songs by performing Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” during the encore after “Hi Hi Hi.” Continue reading “Paul McCartney pays surprise tribute to Prince at first show in Minneapolis”