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The Beatles week ahead: It shall be called 'Help!'

The Beatles formerly changed the name of their second film in 1965.
The Beatles formerly changed the name of their second film in 1965.
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Regular events:


Beatles tours:


  • Beatleshow, 5:30 p.m. nightly, Saxe Theater, Las Vegas.
  • “Saturday With the Beatles,” weekly Beatles tribute show with the Cavern Club Beatles, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, The Cavern Club, Liverpool. Information: Information:
  • “The Two of Us Monday Show,” weekly tribute to Lennon & McCartney, 18:00 Mondays, the Cavern Club, Liverpool. Information:
  • “Made In Liverpool Sunday Show,” Beatles tribute, 14:30 London time, The Cavern Club, Liverpool. Information:
  • Beatles Brunch, 12 p.m. Saturday, B.B. King's, New York City.
  • Creme Tangerine: April 18: Bellevue, WA. .
  • Bootleg Beatles: April: U.K. shows.
  • Forever Fab, Pacific Beach Hotel, Waikiki Beach. 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Info:
  • Liverpool Legends (with Louise Harrison): April 25: Herculaneum, MO. April 26: Godfey, Ill.
  • The Fab Faux: April 25: Northampton, MA. May 3: Glenside, PA. More info:
  • Laurence Juber: April 13: Evanston, IL. April 23: New York, N.Y. April 24: Piermont, N.Y. April 25: Old Saybrook, CT. April 26: Natick, MA. More info:
  • Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles: April 13, Madison, WI; April 23, Eugene, OR.; April 24, Stockton, CA.; April 25: Costa Mesa, CA.; April 27, Bakersfield, CA. Info:
  • The Fab Four: April 17: Windsor, Ontario, Canada. April 19: Rama, Ontario, Canada. April 26: Santa Barbara, CA. More info:
  • 1964: The Tribute: April 19: Angola, IN. April 26: Anaheim, CA. Info:
  • 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:

Future events:

  • April 22: “The Beatles Unplugged (& Plugged” with Don Christiano and special guest Ray Paul, 8 p.m., Abilene Bar and Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way, Rochester, N.Y. No cover.
  • Abbey Road on the River, May 26-29, Louisville, KY, with the Beach Boys, John Sebastian, Laurence Juber, Ambrosia, Beatle tribute bands, Information:
  • 50th anniversary screening of “A Hard Day's Night” with Pattie Boyd, July 6, Catalina Island Museum, CA. Info:
  • 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:

  • April 14, 1963: The Beatles attend a show by the Rolling Stones at the Crawdaddy Club.
  • April 14, 1965: The name of the Beatles' second film is changed from “Eight Arms to Hold You” to “Help!”
  • April 16, 1966: Melody Maker reports 14 concerts were planned for the Beatles' upcoming tour, including an unconfirmed show in San Francisco that later turned out to be at Candlestick Park. It also said plans to record in Memphis had fallen through.
  • April 18, 1970: #1 song is “Let It Be.”

Beatles chart news:

  • On Billboard charts: In the latest Billboard charts for the week of April 19 released publicly on April 11, The Beatles “1” album sits at #157 on the Billboard 200, down from the previous week when it was at #143. The album also is at #26 on the Catalog Albums chart, down nine spots from #17 the previous week.

50 years ago this week on the British charts:

  • Singles: On the chart of 4-11-64, The Beatles' “Can't Buy Me Love” holding at #1. “World Without Love” by Peter & Gordon and written by Lennon-McCartney rises from #13 to #4. “I Want to Hold Your Hand” returns to the chart at #40.
  • Albums: “With the Beatles” and “Please Please Me” remain at #1 and #2.

50 years ago on the American charts:

  • Singles: “Can't Buy Me Love” and “Twist and Shout” stay at #1 and #2. “She Loves You” drops one spot to #4. “I Want to Hold Your Hand” drops from #4 to #7. “Do You Want to Know a Secret” jumps from #46 to #14. “I Saw Her Standing There” drops from #31 to #38. “We Love You Beatles” by the Carefrees jumps from #42 to #39. “You Can't Do That” rockets from #65 to #48. “All My Loving” moves from #58 to #50. “Thank You Girl” jumps from #79 to #61. “There's a Place” debuts at #74. “Roll Over Beethoven” drops from #68 to #79. “Love Me Do” debuts at #81. Bubbling Under the Hot 100: “All My Loving” by Jimmy Griffin at #120, “Beatle Mania Blues” by the Roaches at #117 and “Why” by the Beatles and Tony Sherican at #131.
  • LPs: From 4-5-64: “Meet the Beatles!” and “Introducing the Beatles” still #1 and #2. “The Beatles” (on MGM) moves from #77 to #70. “Jolly What! The Beatles and Frank Ifield” moves from #135 to #112.

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 talk with disc jockey Dave Hull, author of “Hullabaloo!: The Life and (Mis)Adventures of L.A. Radio Legend Dave Hull .” “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”: Wednesday: An interview with James A. Mitchell, author of "The Walrus And The Elephants: John Lennon's Years Of Revolution," along with John Lennon's political songs. You can win a copy of the new book too. The show airs this Wednesday on WNHU, West Haven, CT, 8-10pm (est) and can be streamed at More information at
  • “Fab 4 Free 4 All”: Latest show: Vivek Tiwary: author of “The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story.” Available on iTunes and at
  • “Beatle Brunch”: This week: The making of “Revolver.” Website:
  • “The John Lennon Hour”: 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”: April 13: Author James A. Mitchell, whose book “The Walrus and the Elephants” details John’s political activism just after the breakup of the Beatles. Listeners will have a chance to win copies of the book, along with the latest from author Bob Spitz, “TIME: The Beatle Invasion” and a new Time Magazine special edition on Paul McCartney. We’ll also talk about other Beatle books on the market, and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of “The Beatles’ Second Album.”. Show website.
  • “Chris Carter's 'British Invasion': April 13: British groups tribute. 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”: April 13: Joey Molland of Badfinger. On KLOS-FM (95.5) 9 a.m. PT Sunday. Website.
  • “The Beatledd Fab Four Hour”: 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”: “Reverse Covers: Vol. 1.” 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
  • “Beatles Brunch” with Geoff Lloyd: Weekly Beatles show on Absolute Radio in the UK . Airs at 2200 GMT (6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT).
  • "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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