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Beatle news briefs: Lennon relic to be auctioned; McCartney visits Linda exhibit

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An unusual alphabetical list written up by John Lennon in 1969 will be auctioned this Wednesday by Rogers Jones Co., reported the Liverpool Echo Feb. 21. The list has 26 letters listed and words associated with each one. It was used with the John Lennon-Yoko Ono Bag One lithographs. The auction house estimated it will sell for at least £6,000 ($9,969.00 USD).

Paul McCartney and family open Linda exhibit: Paul McCartney announced on his website Feb. 21 he and his family attended the reception at the opening of the Linda McCartney retrospective photography exhibit at Le Pavillon Populaire in Montpellier, France. The exhibit, the first French retrospective of Linda's work, runs through May 4 and features more than 200 of Linda's photos and documents. Paul McCartney's website will display some of the photos from the exhibit soon.

Brian Ray's Bayonets recording album: Paul McCartney guitarist Brian Ray announced on his website and in an email Feb. 22 his solo group the Bayonets has an album in the works. “It's the one year anniversary of our first single, "Sucker for Love" and Oliver Leiber and I have some big news for you all! We are writing and recording some hot new material for what will be our debut album on Robo Records, distributed worldwide by Universal Music.” He said it will feature five brand new songs, along with the five they previously put out and they hope to release it in late spring or early summer. It will be available on CD, vinyl and possibly flash drive.

'Yellow Submarine' animator dies: Frank Terry, who worked on episodes of "The Beatles" cartoon series, has died, Indiewire's Animation Scoop reports. The Fab 4 Free 4 All's Mitch Axelrod profiled him in his book "Beatletoons."

Another McCartney award: The British music newspaper New Musical Express said this week it will present Paul McCartney with a special Songwriter's Songwriter Award Feb. 26. "We've spoken to the biggest and best musicians around, and they've told us: Paul McCartney is the world's ultimate songwriter. Paul's enduring and stunning talent is worth celebrating, and I'm incredibly honoured that NME are giving him the special, one-of-its-kind Songwriter's Songwriter award to recognize that," NME editor Mike Williams said. The award will be presented at the O2 Academy in Brixton at the “NME Awards 2014 With Austin, Texas.” McCartney's website said he would pick up the award in person.

Beatles Illustrated Lyrics calendar: Alan Aldridge, the artist behind “The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics” book, is publishing an 18-month calendar of his Beatles artwork in May. Accompanying the calendar will be a “Music for Linda” EP with cover versions of five Paul McCartney-related songs by artists including Little Anthony, Rapper's Delight and Living Colour. A portion of the proceeds from the alendar will be donated to The Women And Cancer Fund, based in Chandler, AZ, which was established in Linda McCartney's memory.

Bruce Force's top 10: Brute Force, who recorded the infamous “King of Fuh” for Apple Records, recently listed his top 10 horror films for Charles Rosenay's Horror Happenings Examiner column. Not surprisingly, his choices are a bit unpredictable.

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