Because this year marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ bursting onto U.S. radio stations, you can expect to see more TV and stage shows devoted to the famous quartet.
Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lennon and Ringo Starr are said to have recorded together for the first time in the Akustic Studio in Hamburg, Germany, in October 1960 as background musicians for singer Lu Walters of the band Rory Storm and the Hurricanes.
Starr, at the time, was the drummer for the Hurricanes, whose members were friends with McCartney, Lennon and Harrison.
It wouldn’t be until early 1963, however, that America’s rock music fans would be able to buy The Beatles’ singles and albums.
That led to the band’s first tour of American cities in 1964 and its second tour in 1965, which included a stop at the new Atlanta Stadium on Aug. 18.
One of America’s best Beatles tribute bands is without a doubt Augusta’s own Ed Turner & Number 9 featuring the lead vocals of Roger Davis.
The band has sold out the Imperial Theatre more times than any single or group act in the Imperial’s 95-year history.
Expect the same for the group’s Get Back To The Beatles shows planned for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, and Saturday, Aug. 10. The shows will be presented at the Imperial Theatre by the Junior League of Augusta. Tickets are on sale now for $45, $40, $25 and $15.
Order online at
imperialtheatre.com or by calling (706) 722-8341.
Turner and his core musicians will be joined by the Number 9 Strings and Horns under the direction of Augusta Symphony Orchestra veterans Laura Tomlin and Rob Foster.
I asked my music/writer buddy, Turner, how the band came to be called “Number 9” and he responded by e-mail:
“Ha! We get that question all the time.
1) There’s a song on the White Album called Revolution 9. It’s a collage of sound effects and nonsense that has a voice saying ‘number 9, number 9, number 9’ throughout it.
2) John had a hit single in ’74 called Number 9 Dream. It’s marvelous!
3) It was John’s fave number and is said to have mystical powers. It’s also the highest single number, and
4) Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 were already taken!”
BEATLEMANIA: The Waynesboro-Burke Concert Series will include a Beatles tribute show during its 2013-2014 season.
The Return – The Ultimate Beatles Experience will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at the Burke County Office Park in Waynesboro, Ga.
Other shows in the series are Broadway Boys at 7 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 30; The Diamonds classic rock band at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14; and Today, Tomorrow and Forever: A Tribute to Patsy Cline, featuring Katie Deal (the daughter of Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal) at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 22.
Season tickets, which include the four main shows plus three reciprocal concerts, are $40 and $50 for adults. Students 17 and younger get in free with an adult with season tickets. Single show tickets are $20.
Tickets can be ordered by mail at Waynesboro-Burke Concert Series, P.O. Box 541, Waynesboro, GA 30830l; online at itickets.com; or by telephone at (800) 965-9324.
ALWAYS PATSY CLINE: The Newberry (S.C.) Community Players will present the two-woman show Always Patsy Cline at 8 p.m. Friday, June 21, and 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at the Newberry Opera House.
Tickets are $25 and can be bought online at newberryoperahouse.com or by calling (803) 276-6264.
CONGRATULATIONS, WGAC: Being named Station of the Year by the Georgia Association of Broadcasters is great news for my friends at WGAC AM-FM.
Local broadcasting legend Harley Drew, the morning announcer for WGAC with Mary Liz Nolan, notes the award means the station beat every station in Georgia including “the mighty Cox (multi media) flagship station” WSB in Atlanta, which came in second place.
Drew, by the way, has been broadcasting for more than 50 years beginning in 1959 at WBRO-AM in Waynesboro, Ga., followed by WFNL-AM in Augusta, then 25 years at WBBQ-AM and FM before joining Beasley Broadcasting.