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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


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.


The Mersey Beat Explosion


When the Beatles released Love Me Do, it sat in the UK pop charts somewhere below Elvis Presley and, Cliff Richard and the Shadows. Personally, I didn’t like it, preferring instead recent singles by The Four Seasons and Del Shannon.

A year or two earlier, The Tornados had a hit with an instrumental called Telstar.  After the launch of the first communications satellite of the same name by the Soviet Union, the word was that The Tornados would replace The Shadows as the UK’s leading instrumental pop group.  It didn’t happen and The Tornados quickly disappeared over the horizon (lost somewhere in deep space, I think!).

Then, in 1963, the Mersey sound exploded on the chart scene, with The Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Searchers and Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, etc., all scoring number one hits.  In fact, Gerry and the Pacemakers had the most immediate national success and popularity but soon The Beatles were way on top!

The song that clinched the title for The Beatles was Please Please Me. It was rhythmically, instrumentally and vocally different from everything else and stood out as a unique recording.  Now it’s easy to hear the influence of Chuck Berry and some of the other American Blues guys, but then it was like a breath of fresh air!  Whoosh….

Then the word was that The Beatles would replace The Shadows as the UK’s leading rock group.  It did happen, and on a rather grand scale!  The rest, as they say, is history.

Roy Gaynor


The Blue Beatles Duo performed LIVE in Caversham

The Blue Beatles tribute duo returned to Caversham by popular demand last Saturday (9th June 2012) for another great night.

Their new show featured many of The Beatles early Rock'n'Roll hits with full backing tracks including She Loves You, A Hard Day's Night, Help, Twist & Shout, etc., plus orchestral accompaniment for later hits such as All You Need Is Love, Yellow Submarine, Eleanor Rigby, etc.

They also performed tracks which the duo had previously performed acoustically. Now they have full backing tracks for some of the rarer songs including This Boy, Do You Want To Know A Secret? and You're Gonna Lose That Girl.

There was a great turn-out and many commented on the authentic sound of the duo.

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