The Bee Gees and the Seekers are among two Australian artists featured in an upcoming compilation of Aussie tributes to the Beatles, reported Yahoo News June 1. The album is being put together by Beatles archivist Glenn A. Baker who has been behind several books and albums of Australian Beatles-related material in the past.
Other artists to be featured include John Farnham, Josh Pike, the Hoodoo Gurus, Bob Evans, John Waters, Masters' Apprentices, Doug Parkinson, The Zoot, You Am I and Katie Noonan. What, no Easybeats?
Live project clue?: The year 2014 is the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Beatles Australian tour and a new video about it, which you can see on this page, was recently was uploaded to YouTube by EMI Music Australia. The 4:48 minute clip that combines footage of varying quality shows rare footage of the Beatles waving to fans and fans out in incredible numbers.
According to the clip, Beatlemania was more intense there than anywhere else. But is this the beginnings of the Beatles Live Project that has been worked on in the past year and gone under the radar? (Thanks to Mike Rapsis.)
Fans sought: Fans who were lucky enough to be photographed in 1961 with the Beatles are being sought, according to a story published June 1. The picture, which included Pete Best who was then the group's drummer before Ringo Starr replaced him, was given to Stephen Bailey, manager of the Beatles Shop in Liverpool. The paper said the women should email the paper at email@example.com or call the Beatles Shop on Mathew Street. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A very short tribute: HBO's highlights of the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction finally made its debut on HBO May 31. Most of the special was devoted to artist inductions, including KISS, the E Street Band, Nirvana, Cat Stevens, Linda Ronstadt and Hall and Oates. A very short segment was given to Peter Asher's speech for the Ahmet Ertegun Award that inducted Brian Epstein and Andrew Loog Oldham.
Given the amount of energy that was put out to get Epstein in the Hall in the first place, it's hard not to complain that the segment in the special shouldn't have been longer. But maybe if a few more people had shown up to celebrate the two men, it might have been.