"Boys, I have the most fantastic news to report," Beatles manager Brian Epstein announced one day in 1967 to his most famous clients. "You have been selected to represent England in a television programme which, for the first time, ever, will be transmitted live around the world via satellite. The BBC shall actually be filming you making your next record." A collective yawn, engineer Geoff Emerick wrote in his 2006 autobiography, "Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles." John and Paul exchanged blank looks for a moment," Emerick recounted.
Deputies responded to the shooting around 4 a.m. Wednesday and found the ex-girlfriend's mother and brother in critical condition. Fifty-eight-year-old Vicky Emerick was shot in the shoulder and her son, 24-year-old Casey Emerick, was shot multiple times in his stomach. A 7-year-old was injured by debris. All three were taken to a hospital.
Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" was greeted with almost universal acclaim upon its release in May. Long ranked as one of the most revolutionary and influential albums in rock history, the "Sgt. Pepper" reissue scored a perfect 100 on Metacritic.com's aggregate review website for the way that producer Giles Martin, the son of the Beatles' original producer, George Martin, brought it sonically into the 21st century with more than a little help from his friends at Abbey Road Studios in London. How did that reaction sit with Ringo Starr, one of the four Beatles "principals" -- along with Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison -- whose unanimous approval is required for such projects to be green-lighted? "I'd like to do the White Album," Starr said recently, referring to the 1968 double album officially titled "The Beatles."
The Beatles' remarkable catalog includes just one official live album, and the group's immense popularity made it unlistenable. The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl, recorded in 1964 and 1965 but not released until 1977, was always a frustrating listen. Try as you might, you simply cannot hear much music above the fan-belt squeal of 10,000 Beatlemaniacs. You can't blame the Fab Four, nor their legendary producer George Martin. Martin did what he could with the three-track tapes, but the limitations of 1970s technology did little to elevate the music above the din.