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Beatle news briefs: Early Fabs booster dies; Bestfest; Lennon app votes needed

Duffy Power, who recorded an early cover version of “I Saw Her Standing There,” has died in the UK at age 72, reported the UK Guardian Feb 27.

Duffy Power recorded one of the earliest Beatles covers.
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According to Rockabilly.nl, Power was signed by Larry Parnes, along with Billy Fury, Marty Wilde and Dickie Pride. It was Parnes who booked the Silver Beetles to back Johnny Gentle on a tour of Scotland.

Power recorded the Beatles' “I Saw Her Standing There” in 1963, one of the earliest cover versions of a Beatles song. He was backed on the recording by the Graham Bond Quartet, which featured John McLaughlin on guitar, Jack Bruce on bass and Ginger Baker on drums, the latter two later in Cream. (You can hear Power's version on this page.)

The producer was Ron Richards, who was known for his work with the Hollies. Richards produced the Hollies doing a cover of the Beatles' “If I Needed Someone.” It's included in what is probably the most extensive compilation of the Hollies' music in the six-CD "Clarke, Hicks and Nash Years."

Bestfest 6: Pete Best has announced the lineup for Bestfest 6 on Aug. 23 at the Casbah Coffee Club in Liverpool will feature The Pete Best Band, Chas Newby, who played bass with the Beatles several times, plus tributes to Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Lonnie Donnegan, and Billy Fury. Details and tickets are available at Pete's website at http://www.petebest.com.

Vote for the app: The “John Lennon: The Bermuda Tapes” app for the iPad has been nominated for an interactive award by SXSW, reports BDA Sun. The winners in 15 categories will be announced at the 17th Annual SXSW Interactive Awards Ceremony on March 11. Go here to vote for the Lennon app. Deadline is 11:59 p.m. CST March 2 (Sunday).

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