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The album was signed by the Fab Four in 1967, and shattered the previous selling price for such an item.

Even Lucy and her diamonds can’t compete with these riches. A rare, signed copy of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band has brought $290,500 at auction, shattering the previous record for such an item.

The item signed by all four members of the legendary band was purchased Saturday by an unnamed buyer from the Midwest. An anonymous seller parted with the album through the Dallas-based Heritage Auctions, which ahead of the bidding estimated the album would sell for $30,000.

The Fab Four are believed to have signed the cover near the June 1967 release of Sgt. Pepper’s. The previous record for a signed Beatles album cover was the $150,000 paid for a copy of Meet the Beatles. Ahead of the auction, Beatles expert Perry Cox said of the piece: “With my being thoroughly immersed in Beatles collectibles for over 30 years, it takes something extraordinarily special to excite me, but I consider this to be one of the top two items of Beatles memorabilia I’ve ever seen – the other being a signed copy of Meet The Beatles.” The album is a U.K. Parlophone copy with a high gloss cover and gatefold. Read more here: http://bit.ly/10q3nNQ

In honour of what would be George Harrison’s 69th birthday on Saturday, we’ve put together his top ten hits, one’s he penned and sung with The Beatles, and as an accomplished solo musician and songwriter in his own right:

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10I Need You – The Beatles – from Help! It  is the second song written and sung byGeorge Harrison that The Beatles released. It was dedicated to then-girlfriend Pattie Boyd.


9. Don’t Bother Me – The Beatles – from Meet the Beatles! George’s first self-penned song to appear on a Beatles album was written while he was ill on tour:

I was a bit run down and was supposed  to be having some sort of tonic, taking it easy for a few days…I got out my guitar and just played around till a song came. I forgot all about it till we came to record the next LP. It was a fairly crappy song. I forgot about it completely once it was on the album“.


8. What is Life – George Harrison – from his second solo release All Things Must Pass.The song peaked at #10 in 1971, making George the first ex-Beatle to have two Top 10 solo hits on the Billboard chart.


7. While My Guitar Gently Weeps The Beatles – from The White Album. Harrisonwasn’t satisfied with original recordings of the song, so he asked Eric Clapton to record the lead guitar solo in 1968. In his autobiography, Clapton wrote about the experience with George – and the other Beatles:

I was an outsider, but it went well. The song was “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” We did just one take, and I thought it sounded fantastic. John and Paul were fairly noncommittal, but I knew George was happy because he listened to it over and over in the control room…I felt like I had been brought into their inner sanctum“.


6. All Those Years Ago – George Harrison – from the album Somewhere in England. The death of John Lennon motivated George, Paul and Ringo to collaborate on a tribute to John in 1981:

“…this is a song I wrote to an old friend of ours…whose name is John Lennon“.


5Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles – from the album Abbey RoadThe song is sung by George, a song-writing collaboration between George and close friend Eric Clapton:

Here Comes the Sun” was written at the time when Apple was getting like school, where we had to go and be businessmen: ‘Sign this’ and ‘sign that’. Anyway, it seems as if winter in England goes on forever, by the time spring comes you really deserve it. So one day I decided I was going to sag off Apple and I went over to Eric Clapton’s house. The relief of not having to go see all those dopey accountants was wonderful, and I walked around the garden with one of Eric’s acoustic guitars and wrote “Here Comes the Sun“.


4. Give Me Love, Give Me Peace – George Harrison – from the album Living in the Material World. The song hit #1 in May 1973, knocking “My Love” by McCartney off the top spot on the chart.

With ‘Give Me Love’, again it was a personal thing for me and if anybody else got off on it, well, there it was. But it was awareness of what we need, just give me love, thank you”.


3. Got My Mind Set On You – George Harrison. Two music videos were released for his cover, the first centred around an arcade, the second in a study, with dancing objects – and a backflip!

You know, my humour is such that I have to be able to have something funny happening around me so I can be deadpan, as I’m not really into acting. I think that works very well for me. The director was a guy called Gary Weis, who incidentally directed the Rutles, so he’s a very funny fellow himself. He thought of having a simple setting like that room and making it move so I could just sing straight, play straight andeverything else would be the joke“.


2. Something – The Beatles – from the album Abbey RoadPattie Boyd (George’s girlfriend at the time) claimed in her 2007 autobiography that the song was written about her: “He told me, in a matter-of-fact way, that he had written it for me. I thought it was beautiful“.

But in a 1996 interview, George stated otherwise:

Well no, I didn’t. I just wrote it, and then somebody put together a video. And what they did was they went out and got some footage of me and Patti, Paul and Linda, Ringo and Maureen, it was at that time, and John and Yoko and they just made up a little video to go with it. So then, everybody presumed I wrote it about Patti, but actually, when I wrote it, I was thinking of Ray Charles.”


1. My Sweet Lord – George Harrison – from the album All Things Must Pass. It was the first #1 hit by any ex-Beatle. In an interview in 1980, George talked about the song’s inspiration:

My idea in “My Sweet Lord,” because it sounded like a “pop song,” was to sneak up on them a bit. The point was to have the people not offended by “Hallelujah,” and by the time it gets to “Hare Krishna,” they’re already hooked, and their foot’s tapping, and they’re already singing along “Hallelujah,” to kind of lull them into a sense of false security. And then suddenly it turns into “Hare Krishna,” and they will all be singing that before they know what’s happened, and they will think, “Hey, I thought I wasn’t supposed to like Hare Krishna!” – Interview, 1980

 

COURTNEY LOVE SLAMS SURVIVING NIRVANA MEMBERS’ ’12-12-12′ PERFORMANCE WITH PAUL MCCARTNEY

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Last night at the ’12-12-12′ Hurricane Sandy benefit concert, Paul McCartney performed an original song with the three surviving members of Nirvana. The musical collective wrote the song ‘Cut Me Some Slack’ during an impromptu jam session for Dave Grohl‘s upcoming ‘Sound City Studios’ documentary, later debuting the track live at the televised benefit. Although the song proved to be impressive to say the least, Courtney Lovewent public beforehand to say that she was against the idea. After learning that McCartney and Nirvana would be collaborating for the benefit, Love told TMZ that she was “not amused” by Paul McCartney’s involvement, although she added, “Look, if John [Lennon] were alive it would be cool.” Shortly after the performance of ‘Cut Me Some Slack,’ Courtney Love posted a long, scattered and nonsensical series of comments on the Facebook page for ‘Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge,’ which had just posted about the aforementioned TMZ article. Below is a compilation of her comments:

“funny we got asked to tour with alice in chains no disprespect to jerry as hes a n absolute gent but wasnt that,,, i mean isnt layne DEAD? sorry i had to pass maybe im old or pure or somes–t but wow. anyone ever read the former strangers dana giachetta book”youw ill make money in yourr sleep” its so beyond full of small numbers and she misses the grander point it sold about 8 copies, 4 to me and 4 to a famed hotelier out here i dated and am dear friends with. hmmm whats in that 2030 kimit sub pop nirvana package jonathan i was with you the night before you went to see mr geffen to acquire that 5% of kurts pub but its apparently inc llc and partnership too , cmon show me, fine get a supeona. glad i coudl help refinance the soho hotel in nov 94 not july emily ever been on property shark? its called research! i was playing cheap tricks first album in chrinocologal order to get my sib oop single of the month anyone says othrwise is disguting, is that richard lee still at it, i talked to chris cornell and he hates seattle too, i cant deal, the only time i felt anything was when i had a spitirtuL ephihany singing “jeremy” at bumbershoot i hope you liked it cos i saw ghosts for the first time, accuracy is my middle name. watch homeland when clare danes is right, trust me i have cried on the occasions the lawyers have promised theyd go for it and the fbi this time is different its federal. but i wont cry this time, i only care about his familty and bean and thats the f–king fgids truth any penny i get back is going inti a charity that prevents mortaage fraud and this happpening to anyone again, taking down the a=gates llp empire would be nice but im not stupid it wont happen n this life, not from me im not the messenger there some day though. yall got good copy now ill leave it up a few then ill delete.”

Although Courtney Love’s last line promises that she would delete the posts, they still remain in the comments section as of this posting.

A few hours later, Love posted some more odd comments, focused on her and Kurt Cobain arguing John Lennon vs. Paul McCartney, and ultimately saying the performance didn’t bother her since they ended up not playing a Nirvana song:

“yes we did get into paul and john fights- im a paul person (helter skelter) if they dont do songs they didnt write (nirvana songs they dont own) i dont care.”

However, Love trashed the bass playing of Krist Novoselic when she responded to a Facebook user named Scott, who posted that he enjoyed the performance:

“scott really? i will repeat, with krists bass playing? lets be clear hes not exactly known for its brilliance.”

Well, there you go. If you were wondering what Courtney Love thought of the performance, now you sort of have an idea. If you don’t care about what she thinks, we owe you five minutes of your life back.

article written by Graham ‘Gruhamed’ Hartmann from loudwire.com

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