Beatles pillow fight over US number one

Almost fifty years ago, a young photographer arrived in America with the Beatles who were trying to make a name for themselves in the US.

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50 years since the Beatles conquered America

Fifty years ago, the Beatles made a name for themselves on the other side of the Atlantic.

50 years ago, Beatles arrived to New York for their first US tour. Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images
Screaming women, the trademark of Beatlemania Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images
Upon their return, 4,000 fans welcomed The Beatles in London. Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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New Beatles music video released with song collection

A new music video for The Beatles' song Words of Love has been released to accompany a collection of live recordings made by the Fab Four at the BBC.

The music video uses archive footage of Liverpool's favorite sons, but incorporates computer graphics to give it a modern twist.

Video courtesy of Universal Records

'The Beatles: On Air - Live At The BBC Volume 2' comes nearly 20 years after the first collection was released in 1994.

It features 63 tracks, include 37 previously unreleased performances and 23 previously unreleased recordings of in-studio banter.

Read: Paul McCartney fills Covent Garden with surprise gig

John Lennon's childhood home sells for £480,000

John Lennon's childhood home has sold for almost half a million pounds - despite going on the market for just £150,000.

The property in Wavertree, Liverpool, sold for went for £480,000 at auction in the Cavern Club.
The property in Wavertree, Liverpool, sold for went for £480,000 at auction in the Cavern Club. Credit: Handout.

The property at 9 Newcastle Road in Wavertree, Liverpool, where the Beatles singer/songwriter lived from his birth in 1940, went for £480,000 at auction in the Cavern Club.

An anonymous American fan of the Fab Four placed the winning bid over the phone, exceeding by far the guide price set at between £150,000 and £250,000.

Paul McCartney fills Covent Garden with surprise gig

Sir Paul McCartney surprised passers-by with an unannounced free gig in central London today - echoing his famous rooftop gig with The Beatles 44 years ago.

Covent Garden was packed with fans and tourists. Credit: PA

Thousands of people gathered in the cobbled Covent Garden piazza and got a grandstand view from the balcony of the market building opposite.

Sir Paul McCartney played songs from his new album. Credit: PA

Onlookers started gathering at around 11am after they twigged the musician may be playing after spotting one of his flight cases. The truck - forming his makeshift stage - pulled into the square at about 6am, with stacks of speakers set up in front.

Fans filmed much of the concert on their phones. Credit: PA

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Sir Paul McCartney plays surprise Covent Garden gig

Sir Paul McCartney surprised passers-by with an unannounced free gig in central London today - echoing his famous rooftop gig with The Beatles 44 years ago.

The star replaced the jugglers and living statues who often gather around St Paul's Church in Covent Garden to perform a selection of new tracks from the back of a truck.

Onlookers started gathering at around 11am after they twigged the musician may be playing after spotting one of his flight cases.

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Paul McCartney performs pop-up concert in New York

Former Beatle Paul McCartney performed a surprise mini-concert in New York's Times Square on Thursday to the delight of throngs of workers, tourists and fans.

McCartney, 71, and his band sang tracks from his upcoming album, New, which is due to be released in the United States on October 15.

Singer Paul McCartney gestures as he plays a surprise mini-concert in New York's Times Square, Credit: Reuters/Shannon Stapleton

"Wow! Really excited to be playing New York Times Square at 1 pm this afternoon!" McCartney tweeted about an hour before the packed mini-concert.

"Come on down to Times Square. It's all going to be happening there!" he added.

Read: Emeli Sande breaks The Beatles' 50 year record

Former Beatle part of Pinochet 'torture soundtrack'

Prisoners captured under the rule of Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet were subjected to a "torture soundtrack" of songs by Julio Iglesias and former Beatle George Harrison, it has emerged.

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The solo material of former Beatle George Harrison (above) was used as part of a "torture soundtrack" under Chilean dictator, Pinochet. Credit: PA

Loud music played during a torture session was part of the psychological suffering endured by prisoners held in Pinochet's notorious torture houses, concentration camps and prisons.

Harrison's My Sweet Lord, [the soundtrack to Stanley Kubrick's film A Clockwork Orange, and songs by Spanish crooner Iglesias were played for days at a time, former prisoners told researchers.

Dr Katia Chornik, a researcher from University of Manchester investigated the use of music on prisoner's in Pinochet's regime.

John Lennon jacket goes under the hammer

Beatles star John Lennon. Credit: PA Archive

A rare jacket once owned by Beatles star John Lennon is to go under the hammer.

Dating from the late 1960s, the teal blue jacket, worn by the musician, is expected to sell for between £8,000 and £12,000 when it goes up for auction this afternoon.

Lennon left the jacket at his English home when he moved to America in 1971 and passed it on to friend Jo Jo Johns, who cleared out the star's house.

Ms Johns was personal assistant to the Beatles and worked at the group's offices at 3 Savile Row in central London from 1968 to 1975.

In the early 1970s she gave the jacket to her friend, Anthony Goddard, in Leicestershire.

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