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Beatle news briefs: Dylan's real McCartney tribute song; a song for Freda

Freda Kelly and co-producer Kathy McCabe
Freda Kelly and co-producer Kathy McCabe
Steve Marinucci

The Bob Dylan fan magazine Isis, in an email April 10, updated its earlier report on Bob Dylan's contribution to the upcoming Paul McCartney tribute album “The Art of McCartney” on Arctic Poppy Records. They say it will not be “For No One,” as previously reported, but quote “separate and independent sources” saying it's “Things We Said Today.”

The album will be released by Arctic Poppy Records in a boxset this summer and a standard version later this year. In addition to Dylan, it will reportedly feature 32 artists, including Brian Wilson, Roger Daltrey, Barry Gibb and Billy Joel.

Singing for “Good Ol' Freda”: Baltimore musician Tony Sciuto was so moved by the film “Good Ol' Freda” that he wrote a song in tribute to Beatles fan club secretary Freda Kelly, who's the subject of the movie, according to the film's co-producer Kathy McCabe. The song, also called “Good Ol' Freda,” is absolutely charming.

“When I looked into her eyes, I saw the gentle kindness and the depth of the ocean. She traveled miles and miles, collecting all our smiles, for the years of her devotion. She gave her all to Ritchie, George, John and Paul, the boys who sang and spread their peace and love. So raise your glass to a lady with class. Good ol' Freda,” Sciuto sings.

McCabe said Freda's Facebook page received 750 additional likes of the song one day after she first posted word about it. You can hear the song at this YouTube link.

Illustrious visitor: Former Beatles drummer Pete Best was honored over the weekend by Salvador Hersi, the mayor of the Lima district of San Miguel, as an “illustrious visitor,” according to the newspaper La Prensa. Best was in Peru to perform a concert.

Julian podcast: In 2011, Julian Lennon appeared on the BBC radio show “Inheritance Tracks” talking about “Hey Jude” and his song “Saltwater.” The version of “Hey Jude' played on the show is not the studio version, but an alternate. The BBC series celebrates music to be passed on to future generations. You can hear and download it here.

Liverpool singer signs U.S. deal: Liverpool singer/songwriter Thomas McConnell, who made internet waves by releasing a video version of Paul McCartney's “NEW” right after McCartney released his, has signed with San Francisco Bay Area based Wayne Coy Productions (WCP) Artist Management. The singer made the announcement on his Facebook page.

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