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The Beatles week ahead: The Beach Boys surf Abbey Road on the River

Mike Love and the Beach Boys perform at Abbey Road on the River.
Mike Love and the Beach Boys perform at Abbey Road on the River.
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This week: Abbey Road on the River, May 22-26, Louisville, KY, with the Beach Boys, John Sebastian, Laurence Juber, Ambrosia, Beatle tribute bands, Information:

Your Beatles calendar for the week:

  • Paul McCartney Out There! Tour: The tour resumes May 21 at Nippon Budokan after both Tokyo shows were postponed for illness. After that is May 24 in Osaka. (Tickets for U.S. shows available here and here.)


Beatles tours:


Future events:


Beatles history:

  • May 18, 1963: The Beatles perform with Gerry and the Pacemakers and Roy Orbison at the Adelphi Theater.
  • May 19, 1979: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison stage a mini-Beatles reunion at Eric Clapton's wedding to Patti Boyd. No tape has surfaced of the performance.

Beatles chart news:

  • On Billboard charts: On the Billboard charts for the issue of May 24 and made public May 16, the Beatles “1” album is at #39 on the Catalog Album chart, down from #36 last week. On the Billboard 200, “1” is at #186, down from #181.

50 years ago this week on the British charts:

  • Singles: On the chart of 5-16-64: “A World Without Love” by Peter & Gordon drops from #4 to #5. “Can't Buy Me Love” drops from #7 to #13.
  • Albums: “With the Beatles” still at #2. “Please Please Me” drops from #5 to #6.

50 years ago on the American charts:

  • Singles from 5-16-64: “Love Me Do” jumps from #12 to #3. “Do You Want to Know a Secret” drops from #2 to #5. “Can't Buy Me Love” drops from #5 to #11. “Twist and Shout” drops from #11 to #20. “P.S. I Love You” jumps from #64 to #33. “Thank You Girl” drops from #35 to #49. “A World Without Love” is on the chart in two places. The Peter & Gordon version rockets from #76 to #30. A version by Bobby Rydell jumps from #100 to #92. Also notably this week, London Records ran a full-page ad for a group called The Rolling Stones and their single “Not Fade Away.”
  • LPs: “The Beatles Second Album” remains at #1. “Meet the Beatles!” drops from #2 to #3. “Introducing the Beatles” stays at #7. “The Beatles” (on MGM) drops to #146 from #106.

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 about the upcoming reissue of "A Hard Day's Night." “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 Laurence Juber, a celebration of the 35th anniversary of “Back to the Egg,” and a chance to win his new book, “Guitar With Wings.” The show airs Wednesday on WNHU, West Haven, CT, 8-10pm (est) and can be streamed at More information at
  • “Fab 4 Free 4 All”: Latest show: “George Harrison's Harrisongs, Part 2.” Available on iTunes and at
  • “Beatle Brunch”: “Let It Be” anniversary, Tim Piper. 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”: A look back at Paul McCartney’s brief tour of Japan and Korea with selections from a rare Japanese box set called “The Beatles Story” that featured true stereo mixes of the band’s earliest songs 20 years before the remasters were released. Plus, Bob Dylan’s connection to the Beatles. including his backstage duet with George Harrison at the Concerts for Bangla Desh. Show website.
  • “Chris Carter's 'British Invasion': 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”: Live from Kobe's Steakhouse. 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”: “John Lennon's 'Walls and Bridges.'” 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
  • “Here There and Everywhere”: 6 to 9 a.m. PT Thursdays, KZSC-FM. Hosted by Michael Bryant. You can listen here.
  • “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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