2005 – John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics for “All You Need is Love”, gathered from his music stand after The Beatles’ final television appearance in 1967, sold at an auction in London for $1 million to an anonymous bidder.
2005 – The Salvation Army close Strawberry Field, a Liverpool children’s home which inspired the Beatles’ song, “Strawberry Fields Forever.”
2005 – Elvis Presley’s single ‘One Night’ made chart history by becoming the 1,000th UK number one. Elvis, who led last week’s chart with ‘Jailhouse Rock’, had now scored more number one UK hits than any other artist with 20 number 1’s, beating The Beatles’ 17 chart toppers. Lyrics: (words & music by D. Bartholomew […]
2005 – it was announced that the Strawberry Field children’s home immortalised by The Beatles was to close. The home in Woolton, Liverpool was made famous when John Lennon wrote ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ after playing there as a child.
2004 – Actor William Shatner’s infamous 1968 album “The Transformed Man,” which finds the venerable Capt. Kirk reading poetry over ultra-serious musical accompaniment and covering such contemporary classics as Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man” and the Beatles’ “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” is reissued by Geffen.
2004 – The man who shot John Lennon is denied parole for a third time. The New York State Division of Parole say that Mark David Chapman showed “extreme malicious intent” in killing the former Beatle.
2003 – MomentsinTime.com offers up for a sale a copy of John Lennon’s Double Fantasy that the Web site claims the Beatle signed for Mark David Chapman shortly before he was assassinated. The going price for the disc is $525.
2003 – Britney Spears tops the album charts with her much hyped In the Zone record. She becomes the first female artist in chart history to land four consecutive albums at No. 1. Blink-182 are at No. 3 with their self-titled album, while a remix of the Beatles’ Let It Be enters at No. 5.
2003 – John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics to the Beatles’ “Nowhere Man” sell for over $300,000 at a New York auction.
2003 – A new Nielsen survey finds that Beatles fans are getting younger rather than older. Nearly one-third of the people who bought their 1 compilation were aged 18-24.
2003 – Yoko Ono announces she will bring a musical based on the life and songs of John Lennon to Broadway. Bizarrely, 12 actors will play different aspects of the late Beatle’s personality.
2003 – David Lee Roth releases Diamond Dave during the course of which he butchers – I mean, covers – The Doors’ “Soul Kitchen,” Jimi Hendrix’s “If 6 was 9” and The Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows.”