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Saturday Evening       February 8 2014         7:30pm

 

 

 

 

 

"AMERICA CELEBRATES THE BEATLES"

 

NYC FAB 50: Celebrating The Music of The Beatles is proud to present "AMERICA CELEBRATES THE BEATLES" at Manhattan's Town Hall on Saturday evening, February 8. It is one of the star-studded charity concerts being held as part of The Beatles' 50th Anniversary Celebration.

The gala concert will feature veteran singers and musician, including an artist who had songs written for him by one of The Beatles, a singer whose only hit knocked The Beatles out of the #1 position on the charts, another singer who shared the stage with John Lennon at Madison Square Garden and a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame who released a 1964 single entitled “I Wanna Be a Beatle.”

Al Jardine is a founding member of The Beach Boys and the singer/guitarist/songwriter was inducted with the band into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. Jardine sang lead on songs such as the number one hit "Help Me, Rhonda," as well as "Christmas Day," "Then I Kissed Her," "Cottonfields," "Susie Cincinnati," "Peggy Sue," and "Come Go With Me" and shared lead with other members on tracks including "Break Away" and "I Know There's an Answer." On the latter track, producer Brian Wilson preferred Al's lead vocal to his own. Jardine left the touring version of the Beach Boys in 1998 after Carl Wilson passed away, but still tours with many of the stage musicians who toured with The Beach Boys, including David Marks, Billy Hinsche and Jardine’s son Matt Jardine, who sang with the Beach Boys during much of their later career. Al toured with Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck last year, and in 2010 was an integral part of The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary reunion. He is delighted to be part of The Beatles' 50th anniversary celebration.

Tommy James was admired by George Harrison so much that the Beatle wrote some songs for him to record. Between 1966 and 1969, Tommy enjoyed 14 Top 40 hits. From 1968-70, when artists like Jagger, Fogerty, and Morrison were in their heyday, Tommy James & the Shondells sold more singles than any other pop act in the world, many of them written, co-written, or selected by James. Most memorable were hits like "Hanky Panky," "I Think We're Alone Now," "Mony Mony,"  "Crimson and Clover," "Sweet Cherry Wine," "Crystal Blue Persuasion," "Tighter and Tighter," "Draggin' the Line" and "Three Times in Love." Tommy James has sold over 100 million records, has been awarded 23 gold singles, and 9 gold or platinum albums.

Melanie, one of the stars of Woodstock, appeared on the Ed Sullivan and Dick Cavett shows, and has sold over 80 million records. She sang with John Lennon on stage at the One-to-One Live in New York City concert at Madison Square Garden in 1972 that was presented by Geraldo Rivera. She is best known for her hits "Brand New Key," "What Have They Done To My Song Ma,” "Lay Down (Candles In The Rain)" and The Stones’ “Ruby Tuesday.”

Gene Cornish is the guitarist of The Rascals. From 1965–70, the band recorded eight albums and had 17 singles that reached Billboard's Top 20. In 1997, as a founding member of the Rascals, Cornish was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Recently, Stevie Van Zandt reunited The Rascals to play a sold-out run on Broadway and highly-touted tour the United States. Before he was in the hit-making music machine that was The Rascals, Gene fronted his own band “The Unbeatables, which released the single “I Wanna Be a Beatle” in 1964.

Gary DeCarlo wrote and sang one of the world's most famous rock anthems, "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" under the band name Steam. The #1 hit sold over 7 million copies and has the distinction of replacing The Beatles' "Come Together/"Something" single at the top of the charts in 1969.

Greg Hawkes is best known as the keyboard player for The Cars, one of the greatest rock bands of the late 70s and 80s, but his first band, The Aardvarks, covered Beatles songs. He saw The Beatles in 1964, played keyboards on a record with Paul McCartney, and has recorded “The Beatles Uke,” an entire album of Beatles classics played on the ukulele.

Fred Schneider is the front-man for the world’s most famous party band, The B-52s, who have sold over 20 million copies and scored such hits as "Love Shack,” “Rock Lobster,” “Private Idaho” and “Roam.” The group recorded a version of The Beatles “Paperback Writer,” and Fred recorded a version of Beatles’ buddy Harry Nilsson’s hit “Coconut.” John Lennon loved The B-52s!

Ron Dante was the voice of The Archies. In an era dominated by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, “Sugar Sugar” was the #1 selling record of 1969 in the U.S. That same year, Dante hit the Top 10 with the single "Tracy.” From 1973-1981, Dante was Barry Manilow’s record producer, and even sang back-up on Manilow’s recordings, including the 1974 #1 single "Mandy.”

Walter Egan, best known for the 1978 gold record, “Magnet and Steel” also wrote “Hot Summer Nights” which included such musicians as Nicky Hopkins (played piano with John Lennon) and Robbie McIntosh (from The Pretenders and Paul McCartney). He saw The Beatles live at Carnegie Hall on February 12, 1964!

Marshall Crenshaw played John Lennon in "Beatlemania" and Buddy Holly in the film "La Bamba." The singer/songwriter/guitarist's debut album, "Marshall Cranshew" was acclaimed a pop masterpiece, and it spawned the Top 40 single “Someday, Someway." Over three decades he has released 13 albums, and has hosted his own radio show, The Bottomless Pit,” on New York’s WFUV.

Ian Lloyd was lead singer for The Stories in the 70s. With one of the most distinctive and powerful voices in the history of Rock music, Ian Lloyd has been heard across the globe beginning in 1973 with his performance on Stories' #1 hit "Brother Louie" and then "Mammy Blue." Lloyd's vocal credits include Foreigner and many others.

John Ford is the London-born guitarist from the prog-rock band The Strawbs. In 2009 Ford won Best Indie Rock Artist of the Year from the Progressive Rock Hall of Fame, and in 2010, was inducted with the other Strawbs members into the PRHoF. One of his producers was Tony Visconti, who also produced Badfinger and David Bowie (among many others).

Meghan Linsey. By the time she turned 15, Meghan was opening for Toby Keith, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley and others. Soon she was writing her own originals. Linsey and Joshua Scott Jones formed Steel Magnolias, winners of CMT's "Can You Duet." Their first single, "Keep On Lovin' You," hit #4 on Billboard's Country charts and their album was #3.

Emily West is a Nashville singer who debuted in 2008 with the single "Rocks In Your Shows." She hit the Country charts again in 2010 with "Blue Sky," a duet with Keith Urban. In 2012, Emily’s independently-released  “I Hate You, I Love You” peaked at #2 on the singer/songwriter itunes chart for two weeks sandwiched between James Taylor and The Civil Wars.

Randy Jackson is the lead singer, guitarist and leader of heavy metal band Zebra. Jackson grew up in New Orleans listening to The Beatles and Led Zeppelin. Legendary Long Island producer Jack Douglas, who produced John Lennon, helped on Zebra's early records.

Julie Grant is an English pop music singer now living in America who was widely popular in the UK in the 60s. She had three hits on the UK Singles charts with the Mersey-esque "Up On The Roof" in 1963, and "Count on Me" & "Come to Me" in 1964. Julie toured with The Beatle and was a friend of theirs, and she is soon releasing a book about The Beatles. A contemporary of Petula Clark, some say she was to The Rolling Stones what Cilla Black was to The Beatles.

Larry Kirwan is an expatriate Irish writer and musician, most noted as the lead singer for the NY-based Irish punk rock band, Black 47. He wrote the brilliant play about The Beatles, “Liverpool Fantasy” which was staged in 1986 and he has published several books, including a novel version of “Liverpool Fantasy.”

Richard Barone was frontman for The Bongos. Recent collaborators have been the late Lou Reed, Tony Visconti, Al Jardine, Donovan, Pete Seeger and Sean Lennon. Richard scores shows and stages concerts and events at such venues as Carnegie Hall and Hollywood Bowl. Barone lives in Greenwich Village, where he was recently appointed as a Professor at NYU's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music.

Siobhan Magnus is the powerhouse singer who was a hugely-popular finalist on “American Idol” in 2010. She is best remembered for her rendition of “Across The Universe” on a show that featured all music by Lennon & McCartney. Her version of "Helter Skelter" garners rave reviews whenever it's performed live.

Aztec Two-Step released their first album in 1972. Since then, Rex Fowler & Neal Shulman have spent a lifetime making music together as the folk-rock duo Aztec Two-Step, remaining one of acoustic music's most popular and enduring acts.

Richie Scarlet, the "Emperor of Rock and Roll," has played in bands with legends like Ace Frehley and Peter Criss (KISS), Leslie West (Mountain), Sebastian Bach, with the members of the Alice Cooper Group (sans Alice) and Joey Molland (Badfinger).

Roger Kellaway is a jazz/pop/classical pianist & composer who has worked with everyone from Elvis to Ellington, Joni Mitchell to Mancini and Quincy Jones. His discography runs to more than two hundred and fifty albums. Kellaway’s most prized composer credit, “Remembering You,” is the closing theme for the TV’s “All in the Family.” He has written (and conducted) twenty-nine film scores including Barbara Streisand’s “A Star is Born,” for which he received an Academy Award nomination. Roger’s most recent commission, a twenty-two minute piece for two pianos, bass & drums, is a jazz exploration of nine songs by Sir Paul McCartney.

Rich Pagano of the Fab Faux is the Musical Director for the concert.

Melissa Manchester, Grammy Award-winning artist, was born in New York. She has performed for sold-out audiences across the country with hits she either performed or wrote such as "Midnight Blue," "Whenever I Call You Friend," "Through The Eyes Of Love" and "Don't Cry Out Loud." Melissa was nominated for a Grammy in 1978 & 1979 and received the Grammy Award in 1982 for Best Female Vocalist. In 1980 she was the first artist in Academy Awards history to have two nominated movie themes in the same year - "Through The Eyes Of Love" and "The Promise" - and went on the make Oscar history by performing both songs during the worldwide telecast. Melissa has received the Governor’s Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, and her work as singer/songwriter was a featured exhibit at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum. Melissa is currently co-writing the new musical “The Sweet Potato Queens” while her twentieth album, “You Gotta Love The Life,” is a sonic journey that includes her unique re-visioning of some of the greatest classics from the American songbook plus several new songs that offer the artist’s unique perspective and lush voice. Melissa adds “I well remember when the Beatles first came to the City.”

 

A message from Melissa Manchester;

 

" I am so sorry that I can't be with all of you to share in this memorable evening saluting the 50th anniversary of THE BEATLES.  That said, I'd love to share a key memory with you about an astounding night from that time.

 

I was a young teenage girl when THE BEATLES were first introduced to American audiences on the Ed Sullivan Show.  My sister, Claudia, had a girlfriend whose mother was one of their travel agents.  Claudia and this girlfriend were taking me to Forrest Hills Stadium for THE BEATLES’ New York concert debut.  We were supposed to pick up the tickets (which were left for us by this travel agent) at the Hotel Delmonico where the Fab Four were staying.  Police were stationed up and down the street, keeping the frantic fans from getting into the hotel.  Claudia and I waited in the car while her girlfriend went to the lobby to retrieve the coveted tickets. ''

 

When she returned, I was handed the envelope containing the precious tickets, and told to open it to check that the tickets were just right.  As I opened the envelope, I saw that the tickets were folded within a small piece of hotel stationary upon which those four beautiful and extraordinary boys had all signed their autographs!!!

 

It is decades later now.  The autographs were framed long ago and have, lovingly, been displayed upon my walls in many homes over the years.  And when I look at those blue and brown magic marker autographs by those young lads, who forever changed the world of popular music 50 years ago, I instantly recall the sound of thousands, joyfully screaming, as I joined in with them on that hot summer night ... JOHN, PAUL, GEORGE, RINGO!!!!!!”

 

Melissa Manchester                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

MORE SURPRISE SPECIAL GUEST PERFORMERS are being added to the bill.

Special Guest of Honor Celebrity Presenters for this gala concert include actors Charles Grodin and John Gabriel, television legend Dick Cavett, famed NY sportscaster Len Berman, news anchorman Tony Perkins, the Amazing Kreskin and others to be announced.

Tony Perkins is a primary anchor for Fox 5 News in Washington, D.C.  From 1999 to 2005 he was the weatherman and feature reporter for ABC’s “Good Morning America”.  Tony is nationally known as being a huge Beatles fan; his interviews with Ringo Starr while at “GMA” were notable, and he has also interviewed Yoko Ono, Olivia Harrison, Pete Best, and George Martin, among others.  Tony has appeared as a host or guest at various Beatles-related events; he is a pop music and pop culture aficionado.  You can read his Beatles-themed and other posts by following him @TonyPerkinsTV on Twitter.

The Town Hall is a Broadway theater located at 123 West 43rd Street, between Sixth Avenue & Broadway in New York City. Tickets now on sale through Ticketmaster and at the theater box office. 100% of net proceeds from ticket sales benefit charity.

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100% of net proceeds from ticket sales benefit

 

Artists subject to change. This production is not affiliated with Apple Corps Ltd or The Beatles.

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