Saturday, October 25, 2014

Back in the C.H.A.R.T.S?

It's been forty four years since The Beatles had released their last studio album as a group, Let It Be. An album that topped UK album chart on 23 May, 1970 and unfortunately  an album that ended an unforgettable reign. However, just because The Beatles broke up in 1970 doesn't mean their music has stopped toppling charts with new releases such as The Beatles Live At The BBC Volume II, which was released last November, peaking number seven in US Billboard 20, or even Beatles covers by various artists and bands like Billy J Kramer and The Dakotas, Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Tom Jones,  Joe Cocker, and so forth,  who have all placed on charts, ranging from as high as first position and staying as long as twenty weeks (Source; The Tastiest UK Cover; Beatles Covers in The UK Charts).  Once again, a beloved Beatles classic returns back to the charts on Billboard's Top 10.

It was 25 June, 1967 when a message of peace and love clung to every word John Lennon crooned as The Beatles performed on the first ever live television satellite debut, Our World.  The iconic song was heard by millions (a four-hundred million estimate) across five continents becoming an anthem of the late 1960s, topping the charts at number one in eleven different charts, from Billboard Hot 100 to Cashbox staying at number one in US charts for up to thirteen weeks (Source; The Guardian The Beatles: Every album and Single With Chart Position).

The song was released as the last track on The Beatles ninth studio album, Magical Mystery Tour, during the height of The Summer of Love. The Song itself was re-released in 1987, but placed the highest at spot number nineteen in the Irish Singles Chart. As of yesterday, 24 October 2014, that all changed as "All You Need Is Love" returns back to Billboards Top 10 chart thanks to a well-known Jazz artist, Dave Koz  who joined other renowned names, from Eric Benét, Jonathan Butler, Gloria Estefan, Heather Hadley, Richard Marx, Johnny Mathis, Maysa, BeBe Winans and Stevie Wonder to record the iconic classic, making it Koz's second Beatles cover, after recording "Got To Get You Into My Life" last year.

Earlier this month Dave Koz released Dave Koz & Friends: The 25th of December, which peaked number 2 on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Albums Chart, containing classics from "It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year" to "Let It Snow!  Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" and yes, even to "All You Need Is Love", a song that's never thought of as a Christmas or holiday song, so why put it in?
"It was important to me, as an artist to say, 'Here [is] a song that you've never heard before [sequenced among holiday classics] that we're going to throw into the mix.'" - Dave Koz

"This album was made with that spirit in mind…an abundance of love and joy went into every single note. For me, making it was like hosting the best holiday party ever! I invited some wonderfully talented friends over…we ate, we drank, we reminisced, and then we retired to the living room, sat around the piano, and sang some songs—first, each duet partner and me; then before the party was over, we all came together for one last song: the Beatles gem 'All You Need Is Love.' Though not a Christmas song, it truly holds the message of the holidays (and really, of life) for me." -Dave Koz,

The Dave Koz & Friends Beatles cover has reached Number eight in Billboard charts, making in the last time any recording of the song has place in top ten in the last forty-seven years.
You can order Dave Koz & Friends: The 25th of December on either of the following;
iTunes- by clicking here
Amazon- by clicking here

Enjoy the following video of Dave Koz & Friends' "All You Need Is Love" via Youtube;
Love Is All You Need
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

John Lennon on Spotify

Yes, you read it correctly, the moment most of us Spotify listeners have been waiting for, John Lennon joins the other Beatles by coming to the music media site with a catalogue of his solo albums - Paul and Ringo who has already had their full discographies and George who has a few selected songs available.

A week ago today we celebrated what would of been John Lennon's 74th birthday, and what better way to remember the inspirational musician than having eight, yes eight of your favorite John Lennon and Plaistic Ono Band, albums streaming from your very own phone or computer. As part of the Spotify movement the following albums were added;

  1. Milk and Honey
  2. Plastic Ono Band
  3. Rock 'N' Roll
  4. Imagine
  5. Mind Games
  6. Sometime In New York City
  7. Walls and Bridges
  8. Double Fantasy
  1. Gimme Some Truth
  2. Signature Box
  3. Power To The People: The Hits

Although eight of John Lennon's albums starting from the 1970s to 1980 are available to stream, his work while experimenting with Yoko Ono in Unfinished Music No 1: Two Virgins, Unfinished Music No. 2: Life With The Lions and Wedding Album are not yet part of the Spotify collection.

The following was post via Twitter by John Lennon verified account (@JohnLennon) on 7 October, 2014.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Macca helps save The Bombed Out Church

The interior of St. Luke's; 1941
St Luke's Church stands proudly at 41 meters (133 feet) tall, 18 meters (60 feet) wide, and 54 meters (177 feet 6 inches) long on the corner of Berry Street and Leece Street in the heart of Liverpool. Designed by John Foster Sr and John Foster Jr in the early 1800s, the building was complete in 1832 becoming an Anglican Parish church becoming known as "the doctor's church", being near Rodney Street, home of many local doctors. Through 1832 St Luke's was not only used for religious purposes but as a venue of celebrations as well as a concert hall until 1849 when the Philhamronic Hall opened on Hope Street.  To many Liverpudlians this church is known as 'The Bombed Out Church', due to the Liverpool Blitz on 6 May, 1941. During this brutal bombings St. Luke's suffered from an incendiary device causing a rapid fire. As fire spread, the interior turned to ash while the exterior and shell still stand today. In 1952 the church became known as a Grade II building, being defined as "particularly important buildings of more than special interest" (English Heritage, Listed Buildings).

Yes, yes, I know, the name of this website is "The Fab Four Blog", so why am I telling you about a church?
Two days ago, Sunday 5 October, 2014, it was announced that Sir James Paul McCartney is helping  the Bombed Out Church's Crowdfunder campaign and Club Freeze to preserve this "international legend" (says Curator of St Luke's, Ambrose Reynolds). After Crowdfunder raised over £20,000 towards the church, Club Freeze dance music promoter's turned to one of Liverpool's most iconic productions, Paul McCartney, who was delighted to help;
"St Luke's Church - better known as 'The Bombed - Out Church' to the people of Liverpool- is a place that encourages people to express themselves. The people of Liverpool should do everything possible to keep this venue open for the use of the people and run by the people. It is a place that is regularly staffed by students from LIPA and every-day people of all ages, religions and backgrounds. It would be a terrible shame if we lost this cultural icon." -Sir James Paul McCartney via
Not only has Paul McCartney taken a step towards helping a Liverpool treasure, but John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, who had taken a keen interest in the church, even making it part of her "Skyladder" art work this past March. As part of her work she stated that the idea was for her husband John, Lennon that is, who was "very proud of Liverpool". After her husbands passing she had the urge to visit Liverpool and start a public art display of stepping ladders inside The Bombed-Out church for anyone to bring a ladder that "takes you a bit closer to the sky." (Yoko Ono, Yoko Ono: Skyladders ).

Along with her art display Yoko Ono takes her own part in spreading awareness to raise money for the struggling church via Twitter where she wrote
"Seven reasons why we should cherish Liverpool's St Luke's Bombed Out Church "

If you're interested in taking part in the progression to save The Bombed-Out Church here are some ways;