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Scott Lewis loves Beatles music

I first started listening to the Beatles when I was about six years old and have never stopped.

I was off school, sick with a cold or something similar, and started looking through my parents record collection. In it were two records which I still treasure to this day: the Hey Jude single and A Collection Of Beatles Oldies LP which featured a load of The Beatles singles and some rarer tracks such as Bad Boy, which had not yet made it onto any Beatles album.

It is staggering to think now that this record was released at the end of 1966, only half-way through the Beatles recording career. There were many more "Golden Oldies" to come after this, of course, but I guess it demonstrates the record company's mentalilty at the time.

I played it over and over and must have worn it out, not really realizing that this was old music by a band which had already split up and was already consigned to history.

Then in December 1980, when I was just 13 years old, John Lennon was shot and killed.  Suddenly, there was a Beatles media frenzy - the movies, Hard Days Night, Help!, Yellow Submarine and Let It Be were shown, as well as other spin-offs such as Birth Of The Beatles. Their music was everywhere, and the re-issued singles "Imagine" and "Woman" went to number one in the Top 40 charts, one after the other.

I started to collect The Beatles albums, first on vinyl (and then later on CD) and memorized the lyrics of every single song. My personal favourites have always been She Loves You, Get Back, Hey Jude and Yesterday, but I really appreciate many of The Beatles album tracks such as You're Gonna Lose That Girl, I Will and Anytime At All. No other band, in my opinion, ever produced such great tracks time after time. They weren't just fillers" - any one could have been a single in its own right, such was the incredible song-writing skills of John, Paul, George and Ringo. Their performances are electric and will never cease to thrill me.

When I was seventeen when I went to college and suddenly found myself surrounded by a number of guitarists. I knew a few chords and so I picked up a communal guitar which belonged to the Music Department and got them all to teach me how to play it properly. I played it at every opportunity - in between lessons, lunch breaks and sometimes whilst bunking off the odd boring Chemistry practical or dreary Maths lesson. There was always someone around to teach me a new chord or two. Then I met one of my dearest and most sorely-missed friends, Simon Gaynor, son of our current bassist, who seemed to know every Beatles song there was, and over the next year he showed me how to play most of them.

And here I am, up on stage every weekend, playing as part of The Blue Beatles tribute band or duo, singing all my favourite Beatles songs to an appreciative audience. It really is a dream come true, and I take great pleasure in keeping The Beatles music alive.

Scott Lewis
 

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Paul McCartney to close 2012 Olympics with Hey Jude

Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney will close out the Olympics Games opening ceremony with a performance of Hey Jude - and he'll ask the stadium's 60,000 spectators to sing along with him.

One billion people are expected to tune in to watch the spectacular three-hour show, which is being directed by Oscar winner Danny Boyle and is costing £27 million to produce.

The largest harmonically tuned bell in the world will ring to mark the start of the ceremony at 9pm on July 27 - and the pop legend will bring it to a rousing finale at midnight.

Reproduced from The Daily Mail


The Blue Beatles tribute band and duo often close their show with an excellent rendition of Hey Jude.  This classic Beatles song is an essential part of their repertoire.  They deliberately leave it for the end of the show as it is the most commonly requested encore.

To see a list of public performances by The Blue Beatles band and duo, check out our Gig Dates page.



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LET IT BE

The film "Let It Be" observes The Beatles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr) from a "fly on the wall" perspective, without narration, scene titles, or interviews with the main subjects.

The Beatles Let It Be album coverThe first portion of the film shows the band rehearsing on a sound stage at Twickenham Film Studios. The songs are works in progress, with discussions among themselves about ways to improve them. At one point, McCartney and Harrison have an uncomfortable exchange, with McCartney criticising a guitar riff played by Harrison on "Two of Us." Harrison responds: "I'll play whatever you want me to play, or I won't play at all if you don't want to me to play. Whatever it is that will please you, I'll do it." Also appearing are Mal Evans, providing the hammer blows on "Maxwell's Silver Hammer", and Yoko Ono, dancing with Lennon.

The Beatles are then shown individually arriving at Apple headquarters, where they begin the studio recording process with Harrison singing "For You Blue" while Lennon plays slide guitar. Starr and Harrison are shown working on the structure for "Octopus's Garden" and then demonstrating it for George Martin.
The Beatles Let It Be studio shotBilly Preston accompanies the band on impromptu renditions of several rock and roll covers, as well as Lennon's improvised jam "Dig It," while Linda Eastman's daughter Heather plays around the studio. Lennon is shown listening uninterestedly as McCartney expresses his concern about the band's inclination to stay confined to the recording studio. The Beatles conclude their studio work with complete performances of "Two of Us," "Let It Be", and "The Long and Winding Road".


For the final portion of the film, The Beatles and Preston are shown giving an unannounced concert from the studio rooftop. They perform "Get Back," "Don't Let Me Down," "I've Got a Feeling," "One After 909," and "Dig a Pony," intercut with reactions and comments from surprised Londoners gathering on the streets below. The police eventually make their way to the roof and try to bring the show to a close, as the show was disrupting businesses' lunch hour nearby. This prompts some ad-libbed lyrical asides from McCartney: during the second performance of 'Get Back,' he sings, "Get back Loretta ... you've been out too long Loretta ... you've been playing on the roofs again ... and your mummy doesn't like that ... it The Beatles Let It Be rooftop concertmakes her angry ... she's gonna have you arrested! Get back Loretta!". In response to the applause from the people on the rooftop after the final song, McCartney says, "Thanks Mo!" (to Ringo's wife Maureen) and Lennon quips, "I'd like to say 'thank you' on behalf of the group and ourselves, and I hope we passed the audition!"

Reproduced from Wikipedia


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Wroughton Carnival 2009

wroughtonOn July 4 2009, The Blue Beatles were the headline band at the annual Wroughton Carnival, near Swindon.  The band performed for about 40 minutes before the traditional closing fireworks display at 11pm.

About 2,000 people attended the final day and the weather was warm and sunny.

The Blue Beatles gave a great rendition of some of their favorite Beatles Rock'n'Roll songs and picked up some new fans in the process.   Here are some of the comments posted on the Carnival's Facebook site... facebook_logo_small
"We had a brilliant time...  Favorite thing: The Blue Beatles and fireworks!!!" Tina Hill

"Had a fantastic time at wroughton carnival. Came up from cornwall to see it. The Blue Beatles got people up on their feet singing and dancing, well done guys." Lyn Roach
 
"We had a good time at the carnival with family and seeing people we haven't seen for a while... the Blue Beatles were great!" Jackie Gingell

The Blue Beatles were subsequently re-booked as the headline act at Wroughton Carnival 2010.


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Hofner Violin Bass now a collector's piece

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When I was about 15, I was the singer in my very first Rock’n’Roll band with my school mates.  Vince played lead guitar, Mo (Maurice) played rhythm guitar and Geoff, Vince’s 12 year old brother, played drums, although he couldn’t reach the base drum pedal for at least another year!

We loved playing Beatles songs, which were just being released at that time, but we knew that we didn’t sound right.  It wasn’t until we went to see a more polished local band that I realised that our high pitched scratchy sound resulted from the absence of a bass guitar!  I promptly borrowed some money from my Dad, who was hard pressed financially but wanted to help, and went to the local music shop, where I fell in love with a “Paul McCartney” Hofner Violin bass guitar in the window.  It cost me £56, which in those days was a lot of money.

I didn’t have a guitar strap or the money to buy one, so I learned to play my Hofner on my knee, with my foot up on a chair.  At that time I couldn’t play the guitar so learning to play the bass and singing at the same time was quite a challenge but I muddled through and the band did sound much better.

A couple of years later, we had an additional band member called Chris who played the mouth organ and a large conga drum (but not at the same time) and we came second in a national bands competition.  We were the only finalists to play an original song, which was later on albums by Cliff Richard and, separately, The Shadows.  The song was called “In the Past” and my band was called The Summacumlaudes.

I’ve still got that old original Hofner bass.  Browsing the internet recently, I was delighted to discover that it is now worth around £2500!

Roy Gaynor



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