Allan Kozinn, who’s written numerous stories about the Beatles over the years for the New York Times and a book analyzing their music called “The Beatles: From the Cavern to the Rooftop,” brought together an amazing collection of Beatle authors for his wedding this month. You can see Allan, his bride and the group of authors in a new picture he sent June 30 in the slideshow.
Those who attended were Wally Podrazik (“All Together Now”),Tim Riley (“Lennon: The Man, the Myth, the Music – The Definitive Life”), Jonathan Gould (“Can’t Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain, and America”), Bill King (editor of Beatlefan magazine), Richard Buskin (“Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Beatles”) and Mark Lewisohn (“Tune In: The Beatles — All These Years”).
“The wedding was great fun,” Allan told us by email. “One of the reasons I chose the River Cafe, apart from it being a great place with a fantastic view of Manhattan from the Brooklyn side of the East River was that I interviewed Paul McCartney there about the Anthology in October, 1995.” He said it was also near Bargemusic, where part of the wedding festivities — a concert by the Beatles tribute band Liverpool Shuffle, who he said were great, took place.
NEW PATTIE BOYD EXHIBIT: A new exhibit of photos by Pattie Boyd opened Friday night at the Morrison Hotel Gallery at the Sunset Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood, CA. Boyd herself appeared to open the show. She’ll appear today (June 30) on “Chris Carter’s Breakfast With the Beatles.”
GERRY MARSDEN IS BACK: It’s been a while since we’d seen Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers, but our friend Keith Putney provided a pic of Gerry and himself taken at Fallsview Casino earlier this month. And Gerry looks just great. Good to see him again.
MORE BEATLES ART: An art exhibit of Beatles-related works, including autographed items, will be on exhibit nearby to Fenway Park where Paul McCartney will appear on his Out There! tour July 9. Boston radio station WZLX (100.7) in Boston is sponsoring “The Beatles Art Show & Sale,” a four-day exhibit with signed works by Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, and more, as well as a personal appearance from Beatles cartoon show/“Yellow Submarine” animator Ron Campbell. The free exhibit runs July 6 to July 9 at Barnes & Noble/Boston University (second floor), 660 Beacon St, Boston. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. on July 6 and 7 and 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. on July 8 and 9. And don’t miss our complete coverage of the Out There! tour.
AN EVENING WITH PAUL McCARTNEY: BBC4 TV in the UK is running an evening of Beatles programming July 5, beginning with “Rockshow” at 21:00 (repeated at 1:10), followed by “Wings Over the World” at 22:00 (repeated at 2:10), “The Beatles: Please Please Please — Remaking a Classic” at 23:15 and ” … Sings the Beatles” at 00:10. (Thanks to Tony Bramwell for mentioning it on Facebook.)
SONGS THE BEATLES NEVER RECORDED: The BLF Rock Band has released a CD, available through Amazon.co.uk, of 14 songs done in Beatles style that they didn’t release commercially. The songs on the disc are “Love of the Loved,” “One and One Is Two,” “I’m In Love,” “World Without Love,” “I’m In Love,” “Bad To Me,” “Woman,” “I’ll Be On My Way,” “Come and Get It,” “Nobody I Know,” “Step Inside Love,” “Sour Milk Sea,” “It’s For You” and “Goodbye.”
STAR ENCOUNTER: The leader of the Beatles-related A Magical History Tour, which tours Beatles sites in the Los Angeles area told Beatles Examiner June 29 she ran into Connie Stevens on one of her recent tours. The actress was running an estate sale, according to Gillian Lomax, who provided a picture that you can see in the slide show.
Stevens and Edd “Kookie” Byrnes had a big hit in 1959 with “Kookie, Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb)” that peaked at #4 on the Billboard charts. (You can see a video of Stevens and Byrnes performing the song on this page.) She had six chart records during her career, including a #3 hit, “Sixteen Reasons” in 1960. She was a TV star from 1959 to 1963 as Cricket Blake on “Hawaiian Eye.”
Lomax has a reason to be happy herself. Her A Magical History Tour was recently voted the top attraction in Santa Monica on Trip Adviser.
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