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Beatles news briefs: McCartney at Oscars; 'Please Please Me' auction

Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell were among the celebrities in Los Angeles for the Oscars and at the Oscar parties, according to a picture posted March 3 on Moviefone.com. Speaking of the Oscars, here's a great shot of Paul McCartney and Wings on the Oscar site.

Photos from the NYC Fab 50 shows celebrating the Beatles 50th annivesary show in early February.
Photos from the NYC Fab 50 shows celebrating the Beatles 50th annivesary show in early February.
Courtesy Charles Rosenay
The U.S. 45 release of "Please Please Me" on Vee Jay Records.
Vee Jay Records

Auctions, auctions and more auctions: There have been a couple of auctions in the news recently: One about a 1966 press conference tape, the other about an old piano used during the filming of “Help!” Here's another: an auction of a Vee Jay “Please Please Me” single signed by session drummer Andy White, who has claimed in interviews he played on the released version of song. (See the signed record at the link.) A clip of an interview in which he mentions he played on “Please Please Me” is in the video spot on this page.

Tribute band seeks a John Lennon: An unnamed Beatles tribute band from New Jersey is looking for a John Lennon to fill an opening, according to an ad on Craigslist. The band is looking for someone to sing mainly exactly like John Lennon and play rhythm guitar, while also doing lead guitar work when requested. The person must also be multi-talented and be able to do some George Harrison lead vocal work, according to the ad.

Star Club “remaster”?: A company called OxTango Music is offering what they're calling “The Beatles Live at the Star Club – The Definitive Remaster.” The company says it is a professional audio engineering company specializing in the remastering and rejuvenation of classic live and live-in-the-studio (i.e. "no overdubs") recordings. According to a picture on the website, the two disc set has 51 tracks. A look back: What happened the last time someone put out a CD of Hamburg Star Club tapes.

Tribute: MenAlive, a gay men's choral group from Orange County, CA., will pay tribute to the Beatles in two days of concerts March 28 and 29, according to a March 2 report on Broadway World.com. The show will span the Beatles catalog and include “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Eleanor Rigby” and “I Will.”

Topspin Media sold: According to a report March 4 on Billboard.com, Topspin Media, a company that sells merchandise directly to fans, has been purchased by Beats Music. What does this have to do with the Beatles? One of their clients has been Paul McCartney. His massive “Electric Arguments” deluxe package was handed by Topspin.

Anniversary celebration: Charles Rosenay has sent us some pictures from the NYC Fab 50 featuring Melanie, Tommy James and Gene Cornish of the Rascals. They're in the slideshow.

Interviews: We've been doing a lot of interviewing lately. Don't miss our recent interviews with Lennon authors Jude Southerland Kessler and James A. Mitchell, plus Jeff Walker, author of "Sex and the Beatles: 400 Entries."

Things We Said Today: On our newest radio show, Ken Michaels and I debate (yes, debate) the Beatles' recent chart successes and Paul McCartney's struggles with "NEW."

And as we say on the show, see you next time.

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