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Beatle news briefs: Chart news; Jeff Lynne on being a Beatle; two on a record

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The new Billboard Top 200 for March 22, released on March 13, shows two Beatles albums in the list. The highest on the list is the Beatles “1” at #93, down from #64 the previous week. “Abbey Road” at #191, down from #141.

The listings for the previous week, March 15, also had “Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band” on the Top 200. The full set of Billboard charts for March 22 will be released today (Friday).

Would you be a Beatle?: In an interview with the Birmingham Mail, the Electric Light Orchestra's Jeff Lynne said he didn't think he would have liked to have been a Beatle because of the pressure the lads were under. “I don’t know. It wasn’t all beer and skittles being a Beatle. To have been under so much pressure, to not have been able to walk down the street? I’m a very private person. I would have found that very tough. So maybe no,” he said. But looking back on the work he did with them on “The Beatles Anthology,” he said, “But to share the studio with George, Paul and Ringo, and to hear all those wonderful stories, that was very special. It was a privilege, beyond a privilege. The stuff of dreams.” Lynne is to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but no date has been set.

Rusty Anderson in Hendrix tribute: Rusty Anderson was among the guitarists who paid tribute to Jimi Hendrix at the launch of the guitarist's new Forever Stamp at SXSW. Details here.

Working with a Beatle: In an interview we did with singer Darlene Love Thursday, we asked her if there were any songs she'd sung on that people don't know about. One she mentioned, to our surprise, was “Basketball Jones” by Cheech & Chong. Also on that song was George Harrison. Look for more of the interview in our Vintage Rock 'n' Roll Examiner column soon. And be sure to catch her in "20 Feet From Stardom," which recently won an Oscar for Best Documentary. It's an excellent film.

Out There! tour grows: Paul McCartney added three shows to his 2014 Out There! tour Thursday. You can find the details here.

"Things We Said Today": Premiering Saturday on is our newest show in which we go through the mailbag, and talk about Beatles books and recent news. And you can still catch our most recent show with author James A. Mitchell about his book "The Walrus & The Elephants: John Lennon's Years of Revolution." It and our older shows are on


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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