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Beatles news: Lennon marketing pact; new Paul bio; Casey Kasem Beatles song

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Yoko Ono announced June 17 she has partnered with Epic Rights for a global branding and licensing initiative for the likeness of John Lennon. The announcement was made today by Ono and Epic Rights CEO Dell Furano. Epic Rights will develop two new programs: the John Lennon Classic brand for what the company calls “a broad range of products” featuring his name, likeness and signature; and the Bag One Arts brand based on drawings by John Lennon. Epic Rights will introduce the new John Lennon programs to potential licensing partners at the June 2014 Licensing Expo in Las Vegas.

Beatles in Australia station: Our friend Ian Swan tells us ABC in Australia launched a digital online Beatles radio station June 17. The station features music and interviews. It'll run until 8 p.m. June 24 (Australia time).

Upcoming Ringo art exhibits: Ringo Starr's art will be exhibited June 19 at Soho Contemporary Art Gallery in Manhattan, June 21 at Circus Maximus at Caesar's in Atlantic City and June 26 at the Hard Rock Cafe in Chicago. The June 19 exhibit will feature a VIP reception where buyers can meet and get a photo with Ringo.

The price is right: While the price of the just announced mono vinyl set is currently over $400 at Amazon.com, it's cheaper just up the road at Amazon.ca where it's priced at $356.93 in Canadian dollars (which is $328.34 USD). And the 5-CD Japan Box is $129.23 Canadian, which is $118.87 USD, only 12 cents cheaper than the U.S. Amazon price. But you'll save on the mailing on that order from the U.S. Amazon.

Rare photos to be auctioned: Rare photos of John Lennon, George Harrison and Yoko Ono will be auctioned by Sotheby's June 24. The photos were believed to have been taken before the Concert for Bangladesh.

New Paul bio: A new book, “Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s,” hit the streets in the U.S. June 17. Authored by rock journalist Tom Doyle, it contains a number of first-hand interviews with Laurence Juber, Denny Laine, Denny Seiwell, Steve Holley, Ringo Starr and Paul himself. The book is an informative look at the Wings years. An excerpt recently appeared in Billboard. (And happy birthday, Paul!)

To Paul With Love: Tuesday, the day before Paul McCartney's birthday, Abbey Road on the River announced an event called “To Sir, With Love” dedicated to Paul that will be held in Louisville, Ky. from Oct. 22-24. The event will feature Peter Asher, Denny Laine, Laurence Juber, BritBeat, The Jukebox and Johnny Heywood and Friends. Tickets go on sale July 1.

New Beatlefan: Beatlefan #208, just out, celebrates 50 years of "A Hard Day's Night" and this summer's reissue with articles on the various record releases, the movie's closing credit sequence, plus an interview with Giles Martin on the audio restoration. The issue also includes an excerpt from Jim Berkenstadt's "The Beatle Who Vanished," a look at Paul McCartney's solo tour set lists from the past 25 years and more. For a subscription, call (404) 713-6432 or e-mail goodypress@gmail.com.

Casey Kasem's Beatles song: The late Casey Kasem was known for his “America's Top 40” show and being the voice of Scooby Doo. But back in 1964, Casey Kasem, who was then a DJ for a San Francisco radio station, released a song called “A Letter From Elaina,” in which Kasem read a letter from a Beatles fan. You can hear the record in the video spot. (Thanks to Daniel Miller.)

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