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The Beatles week ahead: In 1974, John Lennon has a bad night at the Troubadour

The Troubadour in Los Angeles where John Lennon was thrown out in 1974.
The Troubadour in Los Angeles where John Lennon was thrown out in 1974.
Steve Marinucci

Featured this week:

Special 50th anniversary events this week:

  • Exhibit: “50 Years of Beatlemania”: Rock Paper Photo is featuring pictures by Henry Grossman, Astrid Kirchherr and Tom Murray.

(For more information on the Beatles 50th anniversary, see the story list of our complete story coverage.)

Regular events:


Beatles tours:


  • The Beatles LOVE, Cirque du Soleil, Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas. Performances: Thursdays through Mondays at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. No performances on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Tickets:
  • 1964: The Tribute: March 15: Burnsville, MN. Info:
  • The Fab Four: March 15: Northfield, Ohio. More info:
  • Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles: March 9: Indiana, PA. March 11: Salisbury, MD. March 14: Washington, D.C. March 16: Raleigh, N.C. Info:
  • Laurence Juber: March 29: Denver, COLO. April 3: San Jose, CA. April 4: Felton, CA. April 5: Palo Alto, CA. April 6: Redwood City, CA. More info:
  • The Fab Faux: March 15: Montclair, N.J. April 5: Ann Arbor, MI. April 26: Northampton, MA. More info:
  • Bootleg Beatles: March-April: U.K. shows.
  • Creme Tangerine: March 8: Seattle, Wash. .
  • Beatles Brunch, 12 p.m. Saturday, B.B. King's, New York City.
  • “Made In Liverpool Sunday Show,” Beatles tribute, 14:30 London time, The Cavern Club, Liverpool. Information:
  • “The Two of Us Monday Show,” weekly tribute to Lennon & McCartney, 18:00 Mondays, the Cavern Club, Liverpool. Information:
  • “Saturday With the Beatles,” weekly Beatles tribute show with the Cavern Club Beatles, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, The Cavern Club, Liverpool. Information: Information:
  • Beatleshow, 5:30 p.m. nightly, Saxe Theater, Las Vegas.

Future events:

  • Fest for Beatles Fans, Aug. 15-17, 2014, Chicago. Information:
  • Beatles Tribute Festival: July 4 – 5, 2014 at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts in Canada. Event website.
  • Magical History Tour toLiverpool and London Aug. 17-24, 2014. Information:
  • Bestfest: Aug. 23, Casbah Club, Liverpool. Info:
  • Fest for Beatles Fans, Oct. 10-12, 2014, Airport Marriott, Los Angeles. Information:



Beatles history:

  • March 9, 1968: Beatles win four Grammy Awards for “Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band”: Album of the Year, Best Album Cover, Best Contemporary Album, Best Engineered Recording.
  • March 11, 1967: Beatles win three Grammys for Best Song (“Michelle”), Best Vocal Performance (“Eleanor Rigby”) and Best Cover (“Revolver”).
  • March 12, 1974: A drunken John Lennon is ejected from the Troubadour Club in Los Angeles after heckling the Smothers Brothers, who were on stage.

Beatles chart news:

50 years ago this week on the British charts:

  • Singles: The Beatles' “I Want to Hold Your Hand” drops to #25 from #17 for week of 3-8-64.“She Loves You” drops from #28 to #33. “I'm in Love” by the Fourmost drops from #23 to #34. Cilla Black's “Anyone Who Had a Heart” is #1, DC5 “Bits and Pieces” #2, The Bachelors' “Diane” is #3 and “Needles and Pins” by the Searchers is #4.

  • Albums: “With the Beatles” and “Please Please Me” stay at #1 and #2.

50 years ago on the American charts:

  • Singles: “I Want To Hold Your Hand” and “She Loves You” hold at #1 and #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Please Please Me” jumps from #6 to #4. “I Saw Her Standing There” jumps from #28 to #18. “My Bonnie” jumps from #42 to #31. “From Me To You” debuts at #86. “The Boy With the Beatle Hair” by the Swans moves from #99 to #96. “My Boyfriend Got a Beatle Haircut” by Donna Lynn drops from #95 to #109. The Searchers' “Needles and Pins” debuts at #75.

  • LPs: “Meet the Beatles!” and “Introducing the Beatles” #1 and #2. “The Beatles” (on MGM) at #128, up from #142.

Last week's best Beatles stories:

On radio:

  • “Things We Said Today”: Each week, myself and Ken Michaels of “Every Little Thing” discuss the latest Beatles news topics. On the latest show on this weekend and on iTunes and, we interview James A. Mitchell, author of “The Walrus & The Elephants.” “Things We Said Today” is available on iTunes (where you can subscribe to us) and, and can be heard at noon ET/9 a.m. PT Saturday and noon ET/9 p.m. PT and midnight ET/9 p.m. PT Sundays on You can write to us at
  • “Every Little Thing”: This Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET, an hour of Two-fers (two songs with something unique in common) plus your chance to win the Smithereens new CD of the songs the Beatles performed at their Washington Coliseum show, Feb. 11, 1964. The show airs on 88.7 WNHU, West Haven, CT, 8-10pm 9est) and can be streamed at
  • More information at
  • .“Fab 4 Free 4 All”: Latest show: “Beatles Conquer America: A Live One” with Allan Kozinn, Mark Lewisohn and Richard Buskin. Available on iTunes and at
  • “Beatle Brunch”: March 9: The Lennon-McCartney songwriting team. Website:
  • “The John Lennon Hour”: March 9: Sara Schmidt of the blog Meet the Beatles For Real. Weekly hour of John Lennon music and history hosted by Jude Southerland Kessler. 8 p.m. ET Sunday at Beatles-A-Rama. Available through iTunes. Website:
  • "Magical Mystery Tour": Two-hour weekly show hosted by James D. Jones with Beatles and solo music. Saturdays at 3 p.m. CST on WKCC-FM (91.1), Kankakee Community College, Kanakee, Ill. Website: or
  • “Recipe Records”: Weekly podcast by Lanea Stagg that features food and music discussion, and often Beatles discussion. Episodes have featured Jim Berkenstadt, author of “The Beatle Who Vanished”; David Bedford, author of “Liddypool: Birthplace of the Beatles”; Al Sussman of Beatlefan; Beatles Examiner Steve Marinucci (aka me); John Lennon Series author Jude Southerland Kessler, and Pat Matthews of Beatles-a-Rama. All shows are here:
  • “Dennis Mitchell's Breakfast With the Beatles”: March 9: Beatles music from the group and solo catalogues with rare complete versions of “It’s All Too Much,” “Maggie Mae” and “You Know My Name (Look Up the Number),” along with a few tracks that clock in at under 100 seconds. Also: the vinyl Capitol album “The Beatles At the Hollywood Bowl” and Mike Love’s tribute to George Harrison, “Pisces Brothers.” . Show website.
  • “Chris Carter's 'British Invasion': March 9: Ian McLagan of the Faces. Three-hour weekly show on Sirius/XM Ch. 21 at 9 a.m. and midnight ET Sunday. Feb. 9 show includes appearance by John Lennon impersonator Tim Piper.
  • “Chris Carter's Breakfast With the Beatles”: On KLOS-FM (95.5) 9 a.m. PT Sunday. Website.
  • “The Beatledd Fab Four Hour”: March 14: Author David Bedford (“The Fab One Hundred and Four.”) The show, hosted by Edd Raineri, airs live each Friday, 7-8 PM EDT, on WRKC-FM in Wilkes-Barre, PA. You can listen live online at: The program’s Facebook page can be found at: .
  • “I've Got a Beatles Podcast”: “50th Anniversary Wrap Up.” Information:
  • Breakfast With The Beatles hosted by Cha-Chi Loprete: 8 a.m. ET Sundays, WZLX-FM (100.7 FM) in Boston or streaming at (Click on Listen Live).
  • “Saturday With the Beatles,” KCSN, 88.5 FM Northridge, CA at 10 am Pacific, 12 noon Eastern, and 6 p.m. London time.
  • “Breakfast With the Beatles": 8 to 10 a.m. CT Sundays, WXRT in Chicago. Also streamed at
  • Now and Then": An hour of the Beatles at 8 p.m. ET Monday. The station's frequency is 88.9 FM and is located in the Philadelphia, PA/Southern NJ market. Available online at
  • “On the Beat”: Excellent show hosted by Beatles author Spencer Leigh on BBC Radio Merseyside. Not primarily a Beatles show, but a lot of the discussion focuses on the Liverpool music scene in the '60s, often with those who were there. Airs Saturdays at 17:30 (5:30 p.m.) in the UK and archived online for a week after at
  • "Sounds of the Sixties": Brian Matthews, who interviewed the Beatles on the BBC in the '60s, hosts this weekly show featuring music by the Beatles and others from that decade. Programs air Saturdays and stay online for a week at
  • "Beatlesongs": Hosted by Rob Leonard airs 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. ET Friday on 90.3 FM WHPC and streaming at
  • “Breakfast With the Beatles With Andre Gardner”: The show airs from 7 to 9 a.m. ET Sundays on WMGK-FM 102.9 and 7-9 a.m. PT on KSLX-FM 100.7 in Phoenix.
  • “The Beatles Complete on Ukelele”: Weekly show featuring new version of Beatle song played on ukelele. Information:
  • “Just Four Guys”: New shows available at 4 p.m. ET Tuesdays at
  • "Dinner Specials With May Pang and Cynthia Nielsen": More info:
  • “Mid-Evening With the Beatles,” from the Philippines, 5 to 9 a.m. Saturday morning Eastern time, at their website
  • “Across the Universe,” hosted by Glenn Calderone from 8-10 p.m. EST Tuesdays on
  • “Beatles and Beyond”: Hosted by Pete Dicks. Available at

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