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Beatle news briefs: Chart news; 50 years ago today; Letterman's Beatles moments

In the latest weekly Billboard music charts released April 4 for the week ending April 12, The Beatles' “1” album is at #17 on the list of Catalog Albums, down from #9 last week, and at #143 on the Billboard 200, down from #120.

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and David Letterman in the Ed Sullivan Theater in February.
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It was 50 years ago: Billboard recalled the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' Top 5 sweep of the weekly Hot 100 on April 5, 1964 with a retrospective story online today. The story noted that the magazine in 1964 ran a story called "Chart Crawls With Beatles," but said ironically, that disc jockeys were tired of playing their records and writers were tired of writing about them. "Everyone's tired of the Beatles – except the listening and buying public." (Read our indepth look of what the Billboard and rival Cashbox charts were like this week 50 years ago.)

Letterman's Beatles memories: David Letterman's “The Late Show With David Letterman” has always had a Beatles aura because of the fact it's been taped in the former Ed Sullivan Theater, a fact that CBS promoted during the Beatles' 50th anniversary of the Sullivan show when it put a new marquee on the theater to honor the event. But there have been several others, with appearances by Ringo Starr (including one in 1989 on the day he announced the first All-Starr Band tour), and Paul McCartney, including the memorable show in 2009 when McCartney performed atop the Ed Sullivan Theater. (See our three special reports with pictures here, here and here.) That particular show got huge ratings for Letterman. That also doesn't include Paul and Ringo's appearance with Letterman in February. Billboard today picked Letterman's top 5 musical moments and one was Beatles-related, but it was none of the above. It was a 1994 show celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Sullivan show. Letterman's Top Ten that night? “Top 10 Signs the Beatles May Be Here Tonight.” (See the video spot.)

July 4 at the Rose Bowl: In a phone call to Beatles Examiner April 2, Louise Harrison, George Harrison's sister, told us she and Liverpool Legends, the Beatles tribute group she appears with, will be playing the Rose Bowl in Pasadena this July 4. “I'll be just getting back from Australia at that point,” she said. I'm going to be doing a tour of colleges from the 10th to the 20th of June. They're celebrating the 50th anniversary of when the Beatles came to Australia. I'm going to be there at the 50th anniversary like I was at the original one.” She said the Liverpool Legends “have had quite a few shows that have sold out.” Her autobiography, “My Kid Brother's Band a.k.a. The Beatles,” will be out at the beginning of June. She said a book tour is in the works. A CD of Beatle fan stories she was on, “Fab Fan Memories,” was nominated for a Grammy for Best Spoken World album in 2011.

Klaatu solo: Terry Draper of Klaatu has just released a solo album, “When The World Was Young.” It includes musical help from co-writer Elizabeth Racz, guitarist Vinnie Zummo (Joe Jackson, Paul Carrack, Shawn Colvin, Art Garfunkel), Jamie Hoover (Spongetones, Van DeLecki’s) and Ray Paul (Charles Beat, Permanent Press Records). Two songs, “Tea Horse Road” and “In the Sun” are on YouTube. You can get the album through his site.

Auction news: What is labeled as a George Harrison acetate for “All Things Must Pass” is now on eBay until 4:20 p.m. ET April 6. And online bidding has opened at Heritage Auctions' "Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Auction, which closes April 26-27. Items include the wall pieces from the Ed Sullivan Theater signed by the Beatles during the period of their Feb. 9 visit and a script believed to have been John Lennon's for "How I Won the War."

"Things We Said Today": On our next show, Ken Michaels and I welcome Chuck Gunderson, author of the very impressive "Some Fun Tonight!," for a lively discussion of the Beatles' U.S. tours. You can hear it for the first time at noon ET on It'll also be on our website Sunday.

Contest: Ken Michaels is giving away an autographed copy of Robert Rodriguez's "Solo in the '70s". Details at his website.


Don't miss our special roundup of stories: Beatles 101: Read all about it: Our fab stories on the Beatles' 50th anniversary and Beatles 101: Paul McCartney Out There! tour news complete coverage.

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