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Beatle news briefs: Film song list ignores Beatles; Paul supports cancer benefit

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On Feb. 27 ahead of March 2's Oscar broadcast, Billboard.com revealed The Top 50 Movie Songs of All Time. And not one was by the Beatles.

This is despite the fact that “A Hard Day's Night” was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1964 for 12 weeks, as was “Help!” in 1965. And the song “Let It Be” was #1 for 13 weeks. Additionally, “Ticket to Ride” was also a #1 song.

According to the story, the songs were ranked based on actual performance on the Hot 100 on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least.

So what did make the chart? Not surprisingly, “Stayin' Alive” by the Bee Gees from “Saturday Night Fever,” but only at #11. (“Night Fever” actually beat it at #8.) At least “To Sir With Love” by Lulu made it at #23.

The #1 pick was, get ready, “You Light Up My Life” by Debby Boone. What's left to say?

Paul backs cancer effort: Paul McCartney is joining Sir Bob Geldof and Brian May in backing Rock Against Cancer, the Rock Against Cancer UK site announced Feb. 28. The three are helping to promote a benefit concert in the UK on May 31 with McCartney and May talking it up on social media. Geldof and a reunited Boomtown Rats will headline the show.

Morrissey said what?: Morrissey is back in the news again, sort of. In an interview with Billboard published Feb. 27, he was asked whether or not the Beatles influenced him. "I thought four of their songs were magnificent, and if a band can give you four magnificent songs then that's good enough for me. But was I ever influenced by the Beatles? No," he said. But Gigwise neatly altered the quote with a story headlined “Morrissey: The Beatles Only Wrote Four Good Songs.” However, one of the comments on the story made us laugh. It said, “Can't wait for the 50 year special. 'The Night Morrissey Changed Nothing.'”

Beatles course in Northern California: On Tuesdays from March 25 to May 13, author and music historian Richie Unterberger will teach a seven-week non-credit community education course on the Beatles on the Kentfield, CA., campus of the College of Marin. Each session will run from 7 to 9 p.m. and feature rare audio and video clips tracing the Beatles' evolution. Unterberger is author of numerous books on rock 'n' roll, including the excellent “The Unreleased Beatles.” Registration will be available (for course #35052) in early March through the College of Marin Community Education website.

New to bootlegs: A 2005 Denver McCartney “soundboard stage mix” concert is something new available to collectors, according to underground sources.

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