THE BEATLES: 50th anniversary of India visit on the way
As we approach the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' visit to India, there's an effort to restore the ashram where they studied under the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi -- and wrote classic White Album songs such as "Back in the U.S.S.R." and "Dear Prudence."
The New York Times reports that the enclave near the Ganges River fell into disrepair -- especially after the Maharishi moved to Europe. Now Rishikesh trades off the Beatles connection. There's an open-air Beatles Cathedral Gallery, a cafe that plays Beatles music and plans for a Beatles-Maharishi museum.
And The Beatles' hometown is also remembering their Indian journey. Liverpool's Beatles Story museum will open a new exhibit marking 50 years since the Fab Four found the Maharishi.
ERIC CLAPTON: Ashamed of remarks he made in the 70's
Eric Clapton says his most shameful moment in the new documentary Life in 12 Bars is the examination of remarks he made on stage one night in 1976.
Clapton expressed support for white nationalist politician Enoch Powell during a show in Birmingham, England by saying, "I don’t want you here, in the room or in my country. Listen to me, man! I think we should vote for Enoch Powell. Enoch’s our man. I think Enoch’s right, I think we should send them all back. Stop Britain from becoming a black colony. Get the foreigners out."
Clapton has apologized many times over the past 40 years for the comments, which helped inspired the Rock Against Racism movement in England. In a new Q-and-A session for the film, he says it was a low point in his addiction and that he's "disgusted" with himself for his "fascistic" comments "I sabotaged everything I got involved with. I was so ashamed of who I was, a kind of semi-racist, which didn’t make sense. Half of my friends were black, I dated a black woman, and I championed black music."
BRIAN WILSON: High school grade gets changed
Brian Wilson is now officially an A student.
The creator of the '60s classic "Be True to Your School" recently returned to his alma mater, Southern California's Hawthorne High School, where believe it or not, he once failed a music course!
He tweets that teacher Fred Morgan originally gave him an F for an original composition. That tune became "Surfin'," the first Beach Boys single. Decades later, Morgan had second thoughts. Brian’s failing grade has now been changed to an A by the school's current principal, Dr. Vanessa Landesfeind!
Brian tweeted a photo with Landesfeind, showing him holding the revised report card.
STEPHEN STILLS: Looks back on playing with Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix's collaboration with Stephen Stills highlights Both Sides of the Sky, billed as the final album of new material from the guitar god's archive.
On a pre-CSNY version of Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock," Hendrix played sideman on an upbeat, keyboard-driven take. Stills recalls the 1969 session for Rolling Stone: "At one point, Hendrix picked up a bass and they started playing the song. I wanted to see what would happen playing that with him. He was just the gentlest guy. Watching him play was like watching the greatest athlete you ever saw, like Julius Irving or Muhammad Ali. It was unbelievable. He taught me to quit thinking and let it happen."
Both Sides of the Sky is due in March.
MORE BIG 95 MUSIC NEWS HEADLINES: January 16th
Chicago inaugurated the newly opened Xcite Center at the Parx Casino in suburban Philadelphia by playing the first concert there Saturday.
Jackson Browne will play a second benefit concert for native American singer and drummer Quiltman Sahme at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California on February 25th. His first show, on the 24th, sold out last week. Quiltman lost his home in a fire in August.
Keith Richards plays guitar on "Political World" on Bettye LaVette's new album of Bob Dylan covers, Things Have Changed. It's due out March 30th.
Edwin Hawkins the gospel conductor and songwriter whose "Oh Happy Day" was a surprise Top 10 hit in 1969, died today (Monday) of cancer and kidney disease. He was 74. (Dorothy Morrison was the featured voice on the single.)
Danny Hutton's Three Dog Night kicks off its 2018 schedule January 25th at the Craterian Theater in Medford, Oregon. Stops will include Caesar's Casino in Windsor, Ontario on February 1st and BB Kings in New York on February 15th.
Ashley Campbell, who backed her father Glen on his Goodbye Tour and is prominently featured in the documentary I’ll Be Me, has released her first single, “A New Year.” The mandolin-playing singer is 31.
Elvis Presley: The Searcher, with an original score by Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, will debut on HBO April 14th.
A remastered version of The Beatles' Yellow Submarine animated film will be shown in theaters in the U.K. on July 8th. No related U.S. screening date has been announced yet.
A new Johnny Cash documentary is in the works. Thom Zimny, who’s directed a number of looks at Bruce Springsteen’s career as well as HBO’s new Elvis Presley: The Searcher, is at the helm. There’s no release date yet.
Representatives of The Beatles, Grateful Dead and Carole King have all joined the legal fight against Pandora involving royalties for pre-1972 audio recordings. That's the cause Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman of The Turtles have long been pressing.