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The Late Movies: Simon & Garfunkel’s Concert in the Park

31 years ago today, Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel reunited for a concert in Central Park. It was September 19, 1981, and the concert was free — the plan was to use TV and home video royalties from the performance to renovate Central Park itself, which was in bad shape at the time. [...]

11 Things You May Not Know About John Lennon

Getty Images John Lennon was the leader and founding member of The Beatles. Let’s take a look at a few facts you might not have known about him. 1. He was a choir boy and a Boy Scout. Yes, John Lennon, the great rock ‘n’ roll rebel and iconoclast, was once a choir boy and a Boy Scout. John [...]

The Embarrassing Magical Mystery Tour Party

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website. In 1967, the Beatles filmed their only made-for-TV movie. It was called Magical Mystery Tour. The film itself is an interesting, checkered, odd little movie directed and edited by the Beatles themselves. It was, basically, the boys riding [...]

The Night The Beatles Rocked Shea Stadium

Though the Fab Four found it hard to remember the second occasion, the Beatles actually played Shea Stadium twice. When he was later asked about the “second Shea Stadium concert,” George Harrison replied, “Did we play Shea twice?” Ringo Starr was asked the same question and gave the same exact response, “Did we play Shea [...]

11 Eye-Opening NASA Wakeup Calls

NASA has been waking up astronauts using music since the Apollo Program. Sometimes those wakeup calls get pretty weird. 1. STS-111 – “I Got You Babe” from Groundhog Day On June 19, 2002, the crew of the Space Shuttle Endeavour awoke to a tinny rendition of “I Got You Babe” by Sonny and Cher, taken [...]

The Only Actor Who was in a Beatles Movie and an Elvis Movie

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website. Eighty-two-year-old actor Victor Spinetti passed away on June 19th, reportedly from cancer. Perhaps not well-known to the general moving-going public, Vic was, nonetheless, both famous and popular with all us Beatles fans around the world. Victor is [...]

On Music: Beatlemania Week – No. 4

“Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” Contrary to the popular story we all heard growing up, the song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” was not inspired by LSD; rather, by a drawing John Lennon’s son Julian did of his classmate, Lucy O’Donnell. Julian brought the drawing home from nursery school in 1966, and explained to [...]

The Late Movies: Lobsters

By the time you read, I will be stuffing my face with lobster rolls in Maine. Pretend you’re on vacation with me by checking out these lobster-themed songs. (Plus find out why you shouldn’t trust Friends when it comes to this crustacean.) Rock Lobster According to a 2010 article, John Lennon was inspired to begin recording [...]

The Cover Art of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website. It is the most famous rock album cover of all time: The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. One of the many things that still fascinate us about this incredible album is the cover. The concept [...]

The Day John Lennon Met Paul McCartney

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website. The actual genesis of The Beatles is a bit nebulous and could be argued. However, most Beatles historians cite the date of July 6, 1957 as the official beginning of The Beatles. John Lennon, a Liverpool guitar player [...]