04:09 PM EDT 12/16/2014
Originally posted 12/07/2014 02:15PM
On Saturday's episode of The Jonathan Ross Show, McCartney told the host that he's thankful the musical legends had reconnected before Lennon was tragically shot to death in 1980 at age 40.
"The story about the break-up, it's true but it's not the main bit, the main bit was the affection," the musician, 72, lovingly recalled days before the Monday anniversary of Lennon's murder outside the famed Dakota apartment building in Manhattan.
Originally posted 07/22/2014 11:30AM
Beware of darkness … and also tree beetles.
Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge told the Los Angeles Times that a pine tree planted near Griffith Park's Observatory in 2004 to honor late Beatle George Harrison has died after an infestation of – wait for it – tree beetles.
As the paper notes, "Except for the loss of tree life, Harrison likely would have been amused at the irony."
Originally posted 03/02/2013 06:00PM
Capturing the Beatles' casual, off-duty moments never felt like work for Henry Grossman.
"We were friends," says the former photographer for both Life and PEOPLE, now 76. "I almost didn't know them as performers."
His new 500-page photo book, Places I Remember, features nearly 1,000 never-before-seen photos taken at the height of the band's fame, between 1964 and 1968. Why did it take him so long to share?
"I had pictures I didn't know had never been seen," says Grossman.
Originally posted 12/12/2012 07:00AM
Ravi Shankar, the Indian sitarist and composer whose collaborations with Western musicians – both classical and rock – made him a familiar concert name by the late '60s and earned him the title "godfather of world music," died Tuesday in a hospital near his home in Southern California, his family said. He was 92.
Shankar's foundation said in a statement that he had suffered upper respiratory and heart problems and had undergone heart-valve replacement surgery last week, reports the Associated Press.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also confirmed Shankar's death, calling him a "national treasure."
But it was his daughter, singer Norah Jones, who honed in on his legacy: "My Dad's music touched millions of people. He will be greatly missed by me and music lovers everywhere."
Originally posted 07/01/2008 07:30AM
I Want to Hold Your Hand. And they did.
So says Paul McCartney, speaking for the first time of his final moments with fellow Beatle George Harrison, who was succumbing to cancer.
"We held hands," McCartney, 66, tells Britain's Uncut magazine. "It's funny, even at the height of our friendship, as guys, you'd never hold hands."
"I sat with him for a few hours when he was in treatment about 10 days from his death," McCartney says of Harrison, who died in 2001, at the age of 58. "We joked about things – just amusing, nutty stuff. It was good. It was like we were dreaming."
Originally posted 03/16/2004 01:00PM
Prince was king, ZZ was tops, and the English rock-jazz fusion band stopped traffic -- all this, and a salute to honorees Bob Seger and George Harrison, among others.
Originally posted 01/09/2004 10:00AM
The cancer specialist sued by George Harrison's family for allegedly coercing the dying ex-Beatle to autograph a guitar has been ousted from his job as head of the radiation oncology unit at New York's Staten Island University Hospital, according to local news reports.
Originally posted 01/08/2004 10:00AM
The New York cancer specialist accused of coercing dying ex-Beatle George Harrison into autographing a guitar has had an apparent change of heart.
Originally posted 01/06/2004 01:00PM
On a sour note, the estate of late Beatle George Harrison filed a $10 million federal lawsuit on Tuesday against one of the last doctors to treat the late rock legend, claiming the physician violated patient confidentiality and misused his relationship by asking Harrison to autograph a guitar on his deathbed.
Originally posted 10/04/2002 10:25AM
Eric Clapton has pulled together an all-star tribute to his late pal, George Harrison. And among the all-stars are two long-ago and legendary colleagues of the ex-Beatle: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Reuters reports.
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