Big 95 Music News: Beatles, John Lennon

BEATLES:  Christmas treat is out today

The Beatles join in the Christmas festivities today (Friday) with the release of The Christmas Records.

This deluxe vinyl box set contains all the Christmas messages they sent on flexi-discs to members of their fan club between 1963 and 1969. The seven audio messages are pressed on variously colored 7-inch singles, with the original sleeve artwork. Also included is a 16-page booklet with recording notes and reproductions of the fan club newsletters.

Also out today is the deluxe 50th anniversary edition of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in high definition digital audio. This collection contains the 2017 stereo mix, 18 additional tracks, including complete alternate takes of the album’s 13 songs. The album will also be available in two single vinyl LP editions: a 180-gram black vinyl LP and a picture disc LP.

JOHN LENNON:  Postage stamp on the way

John Lennon will appear on a U.S. postage stamp next year.  Lennon, who lived in New York for his final decade, is one of 21 subjects to be honored. Joining him are children's show host Fred Rogers, astronaut Sally Ride and entertainer and civil rights activist Lena Horne.

John joins such music icons as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and  Buddy Holly on a U.S. stamp. 


.38 Special will join a slew of country acts at the Country 500 Music Fest at Daytona International Speedway from May 25th to the 27th.

Aerosmith now has two-million followers on Twitter.

Frank Sinatra's old Lake Tahoe casino, the Cal Neva, could be in for a revival. The resort, which has been closed since 2013, is being taken over by Silicon Valley billionaire Larry Ellison.

A.J. Lambert will perform her grandfather Frank Sinatra's material -- with the classic Nelson Riddle arrangements -- in The Space, a Las Vegas club, on 11 Fridays next year.

An estimated million people lined the streets of Paris Saturday for the funeral procession of rocker Johnny Hallyday. Mick Jones, who played with him before Foreigner, tells us he got the funeral details too late and was unable to attend.

Ricky Martin and Andrea Bocelli will perform at the December 21st christening of MSC Cruise Line's newest ship, the Seaside, in Miami.

A new long-term deal will keep Michael Jackson’s catalog at Sony. The company is also looking to to partner with his estate on new projects.

Andy Kim holds his fourth annual Christmas Show -- benefiting the Starlight Children’s Foundation -- Saturday at the Corona Theatre in his hometown, Montreal. Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith and The Sam Roberts Band are among the co-stars.

Karen Lynn Gorney was one of several Saturday Night Fever cast members on hand Wednesday night at a Brooklyn, New York event honoring the movie's 40th anniversary. The Village People and The Trammpsperformed as the 2001 Odyssey Disco was re-created at the Bamboo Garden Chinese Restaurant, which occupies the space where the club that inspired the movie once stood.

Baseball great Alex Rodriguez‏ visited Bruce Springsteen backstage on Broadway and tweeted, “Wow! What an incredible journey conveyed through music and storytelling. He is one of the all-time greats and he and [his wife] Patti [Scialfa] are American treasures.”

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