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#74 - EXTRA! - Jean Catharell on the campaign for a Brian Epstein statue in Liverpool

On this special EXTRA! edition, Jean Catharell talks about the campaign to put up a statue for Brian Epstein in Liverpool. Time is running out and the campaign needs your help. You can donate at The statue has been endorsed publicly by the Epstein family and the family of the late Cilla Black, among others. 

#73 - The road to Abbey Road (with Contributing Editor Candy Leonard)

This show features a discussion with Contributing Editor Candy Leonard, author of "Beatleness," on what was going on in the world at the time the "Abbey Road" album was released and how it affected fans. Also included is our usual rundown of the latest Beatles news and features and maybe a couple of surprises. Thanks to all our recent new subscribers and pass the word. If you don't subscribe already, please do. And thanks for listening!!

#71 - New Ringo album, Beatles “rediscovered” Abbey Road tape, more

Lots of news in this latest edition headlined by the official announcement of Ringo's new album and Paul McCartney's contribution to it, the controversial tape of the Beatles discussing their future work after Abbey Road, plus news on Brian Epstein, the 2020 edition of Abbey Road on the River, the latest chart news and much more. Thanks for listening and pass the word! 

#70 - Report from International Beatle Week, Johnathan Pushkar interview

A special two-part show features a report from the scene in Liverpool at International Beatle Week with American Beatles fan Olivia Anne Morris Fuchs, Jon Keats from the Cavern Club, who is one of the organizers and Danilo Fiani, who plays George Harrison in the Brazilian Beatles tribute band the BlueBeetles. Also in the show is an interview with Johnathan Pushkar, whose new single, "Isabella," just was released. He'll talk about the song, its influences, his upcoming album (and some of the celebrity players) and his connection with Micky Dolenz of the Monkees. Plus the latest Beatles news, including the new Billboard chart positions and the sudden rise in popularity of a certain Beatles album. Spread the word and thanks for listening! (Our special thanks to Johnathan Pushkar and Marty Scott of JEM Records for allowing us to play "Isabella" in the show.)

#69 - All news: Ringo, Peter Fonda, video and book news

A full show of news: The passing of Peter Fonda and the Beatles song he inspired, new book and video news, UK chart update and what Beatles video is out there for streaming. Thanks for listening!

#68 - More on Abbey Road crossing 50th with British Beatles guide Richard Porter

British Beatles tour guide Richard Porter ( talks about what the scene was like at Abbey Road on the day of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' iconic crossing photo and also reveals a few things you may not know. Plus we give the latest Beatles news including a new guest appearance by Paul McCartney. Listen now! 

#67 - EXTRA! Beatles ‘Abbey Road’ crossing 50th anniversary special

On this very special EXTRA! show taped Aug. 8 on the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' photo shoot for the cover of the "Abbey Road" album, we cover the story internationally. We discuss the announcement and the new sets, plus we have exclusive interviews with three distinguished Beatles authors who have written recent books on the album -- Ken McNab ("And In the End"), Kenneth Womack ("Solid State: The Story of Abbey Road and the End of the Beatles") and Bruce Spizer ("The Beatles Get Back To Abbey Road"). We interviewed them on Wednesday after the rumors broke about the announcement and we discuss it with all of them. Bruce Spizer, who was in London, has heard the new mixes and gives a little preview. Thanks for listening!  

#66 - Chip Madinger and Mark Easter, co-authors of ‘Eight Arms to Hold You’

This Beatles News Briefs Extra! features an interview with Chip Madinger and Mark Easter, co-authors of the pioneering Beatles reference "Eight Arms to Hold You" that chronicled the Beatles' solo careers. They talk about the making of the book and how it's been updated for the digital age. Plus the latest Beatles news. Check it out, rate us on iTunes and please subscribe to us! (It's free!) And thanks for listening!

#65 - What does the movie ‘Yesterday'’ say about the Beatles?

On this latest show, host Steve Marinucci and Contributing Editor Candy Leonard, author of "Beatleness," play Siskel and Ebert and discuss their views of the movie "Yesterday" and how it adds to the Beatles story. Plus the latest Beatles news. 

#64 — McCartney San Jose show. review, news, rumors and more

Our review of last week's San Jose McCartney show, plus all the latest news (and rumors) we can fit. Listen now!

#63 - Extra! Beatles a boy band?, Glen Burtnik of The Weeklings, Denny Laine, Beatles news

A multi-faceted lineup on this show. We start this BNB Extra Edition with an interview with Glen Burtnik of The Weeklings and Tony Pallagrosi about a newly released Woodstock tribute that Glen is featured on plus some hot Weeklings news! Contributing Editor Candy Leonard and host Steve Marinucci discuss/debate the idea that the Beatles were a boy band. Plus a special appearance by Denny Laine who tells how Jimi Hendrix helped get him and Paul together for Wings. Thanks for listening!

62 - New McCartney release, Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Russ Gibb interviews

Beatles News Briefs is back! (As John Lennon wrote, "Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans.") In this edition, we talk about Paul McCartney's new "Egypt Station" repackage, plus feature two interview clips. One is from a recent interview with Michael Lindsay-Hogg, director of "Let It Be," on the upcoming new "Let It Be" film. Also, we go into the archives for a clip of the late Russ Gibb (R.I.P.) talking about the Paul Is Dead hoax from an interview we did with him. Thanks for listening and please subscribe if you don't already!

61 - That controversial Google ‘Help’ ad, plus news of found Beatles footage

On this week's Beatles News Briefs Extra, host Steve Marinucci and Contributing Editor Candy Leonard ("Beatleness") discuss that recent Google ad featuring the song "Help!" that's been getting a lot of discussion. Should the Beatles have done it? We want to hear from you. Plus some Beatles news and Beatles history. Thanks for listening. 

#60 - Extra! Dave Morrell on meeting John Lennon, Ringo’s new set list

Author and former record promotion man Dave Morrell tells the complete story of how he got a Beatles butcher cover (and signed, no less!) from John Lennon. Plus other Lennon stories, his love of bootlegs and his thoughts on how Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr should be promoted in the current record scene. In addition, a Ringo All-Starr Band set list from his current tour. Thanks for listening! 

#59 - Emergency podcast - Paul’s official set list from first new show on Freshen Up Tour

This emergency podcast gives the official set list (from Paul's press office) of the 3-20-19 show at National Stadium. (Don't accept substitutes.) Also, details on the theatrical release of a Rolling Stones film with John and Yoko. Thanks for listening. 

#58 - Extra - Exclusive interview with photographer of never before released John Lennon photo, new Ringo album news

This week, we have an exclusive interview with Erik Calonius, who took a previously unreleased photo of John Lennon that we have published on with a story. The interview here has Erik's audio recollection of his encounter. Also this week: First news of a new album by Ringo and the latest chart updates. Thanks for joining us and spread the word on our show with Beatles news and features you can't find elsewhere. 

57 - Looking back at John Lennon’s Jesus comment

On this latest show, journalist Steve Marinucci and author Candy Leonard ("Beatleness") talk about the implications of John Lennon's infamous comment about the Beatles and Jesus and how society reacted back in the '60s and its meaning now. Plus the latest Beatles news.

#56 - A tribute to George Harrison

A tribute to George Harrison by Steve Marinucci (with a squeaky voice just coming off of a cold) and Candy Leonard ("Beatleness"), plus news about a John Lennon Record Store Day release. Thanks for listening!

#55 - Peter Tork talks about the Monkees and the Beatles — previously unreleased audio

In this special Beatles News Briefs Extra! tribute to Peter Tork, Steve Marinucci and Candy Leonard ("Beatleness") discuss him and his work with the Monkees. The show also features four never before heard clips from Steve's 2013 interview with Peter in which he talks about The Monkees, The Beatles and the Rock Hall of Fame.