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who hold an annual International Beatles Convention in Liverpool. Phone 0151-236-9091


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September 24, 2018
The Ottawa Beatles Site reviews Paul McCartney's "Egypt Station"

Ottawa Beatles Site Chief Researcher John Whelan examines "Egypt Station" and why it is a classic Paul McCartney album. Click on the album cover or this link for the report: "Egypt Station."

September 21, 2018
McCartney rocks the Bell Centre in Montreal!

Here is the official write-up by Bernard Perusse of the Montreal Gazette to last nights performance by Paul: "Concert review: Hearts go boom for Paul McCartney at the Bell Centre - McCartney crammed an amazing 39 songs into a highly energetic, beautifully staged display of positive energy."

September 19, 2018
The Canadian Press interviews Paul McCartney

To read the excellent write-up by David Friend, please click on the following link: "Paul McCartney on social media, and 50 years of the 'White Album': CP.

Billboard interviews Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney Reacts to 'Egypt Station' Topping Billboard 200: 'You Can't Get Much Higher Than No. 1'

September 18, 2018
Billboard publishes their new hit parade listing

And from "JamBase Go See Live Music" with concert videos and set list

Paul McCartney Begins Freshen Up Tour In Canada"

September 16, 2018
Paul McCartney in Montreal: a history of tears and cheers

Just prior to the Paul McCartney performances in Quebec City (September 17) and in Montreal (September 20), the Montreal Gazette does a retro examination of previous concert performances that he has done as a solo act and with the Beatles in Montreal. Special Montreal Gazette correspondent Bernard Perusse astutely observes: "No one else from McCartney's era is able to summon so much raw emotion in a live setting. And given that you'll see more millennials at a McCartney show than at a concert by any other boomer act, the eye-dabbing can't be entirely explained by nostalgia."

To read the full report by Bernard Perusse, please click: "Paul McCartney in Montreal: a history of tears and cheers."

Egypt Station goes No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Chart

Paul McCartney's Egypt Station "which was released on Sept. 7 via MPL/Capitol Records, launches with a larger-than-expected 153,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Sept. 13 according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 147,000 were in traditional album sales," writes Billboard.

Egypt Station is Paul McCartney's first No. 1 album since the iconic release of his Tug of War album in 1982. On Facebook, he was quick to react to the announcement: "Thanks to all our fabulous fans and the whole team behind this record for making it number one - yippee! Love Paul x." 

On September 18 - when Billboard updates its website - is when the No. 1 ranking will be reflected in the chart.

You can read the full report: "Paul McCartney Earns First No. 1 Album in Over 36 Years on Billboard 200 Chart With 'Egypt Station.'"

September 13, 2018
From WIRED: Paul McCartney Answers the Web's Most Searched Questions

September 11, 2018
Paul McCartney breaks down his most iconic songs

September 8, 2018
Highlights from Paul McCartney's performance at Grand Central Station in New York city

September 7, 2018
Paul McCartney talks about his new album "Egypt Station" on the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon

September 4, 2018
Russian super Beatles fan Koyla Vasin has died at the age of 73

To your left, Koyla Vasin

Koyla Vasin who was featured in Leslie Woodhead's book and television documentary entitled "How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin" has died from a fall at a St Petersburg shopping centre. Vasin started listening to the Beatles since 1964 when the music was legally banned in the U.S.S.R. by the communist government. Koyla had lived in a small room in Pushinkaya where he amassed one of the largest Beatles fan-based collections in the world. His most prized collectable occurred after he sent in a telegram wishing John Lennon a Happy Birthday. His telegram was selected from the many thousands that were sent in and so John Lennon and Yoko Ono autographed the "Live Peace In Toronto" album which Vasin received.

New Music Express wrote a lovely article on Vasin: All You Need Is Love: Russia Beatles fan who dedicated his life to the band has died, aged 73 

Other points of interest: "John Lennon wall in Prague"
Testimony from the Beatles in Vancouver video: "Beatles music was banned in Hungary"
"Lennon's Temple Of Love" with comments from Koyla Vasin by Olga Barishnikova
"Koyla Vasin: Russian fan who gave the Beatles all his loving" by BBC News Services

September 2, 2018
New book: "The Making of John Lennon" by Francis Kenny of Liverpool

The Making of John Lennon
by Francis Kenny
Publisher: Red Lightning Books
Price: $20.00 American and $28.59 Canadian

"The author focuses on the question of what might have caused the downfall of one of the most brilliant musicians of the past century. Kenny emphasizes three main influences which helped shape Lennon's creative process and stayed with him throughout his life: his strong roots in his hometown of Liverpool; his troubled mental health; and a turbulent family background." - Huffington Post

"A carefully prepared examination of Lennon's early years, slowly examining the general picture that surrounded John's life, rather than focusing on one specific aspect, wrapping the surroundings of the city, the family, the friends, the music, and the events which forged the young man who became a 20th century icon, into a whole."
- Bill Harry, author of the John Lennon Encyclopedia

August 31, 2018
"The Hottest Gong In Town" by George Harrison

Another gem from George Harrison that was released on 22 June 1992. The song would have suited well on the Beatles White Album given the musical style that George created.

August 26, 2018
50th Anniversary of "Hey Jude"

Hard to believe but it is now 50 years since the Beatles released "Hey Jude" on this day. I played this over and over and over, that song along with John Lennon's "Revolution"...the ultimate protest song that the band would ever present. explains how Paul McCartney weaved "Hey Jude" into a classic pop masterpiece. Even today, Paul shows no signs of slowing down when performing the song at live concerts.

You can read the RollingStone article by clicking here.

- John Whelan

August 23, 2018
John Lennon - Imagine: the Ultimate Collection out on October 5, 2018

You can read the review and track listing courtesy of by clicking on this active link.

August 22, 2018
On this day the Beatles play their first Canadian concert in Vancouver at the Empire Stadium

10 August 2018
New book explores George Martin's musical and business success that made him one of the hottest musical producers of all time!

The business secrets of the late Beatles producer Sir George Martin are emerging in a new biography by Kenneth Womack. It is published by Chicago Review Press on September 4, 2018 and is the sequel to Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, The Early Years, 1926-1966.

Mark Beech, contributing writer to Forbes, provides a report at the following link: "Beatles Producer George Martin's Formula Revealed For Musical Money Making."

9 August 2018
Paul McCartney's 'Egypt Station' station will be in stores on September 7, 2018

From RollingStone: 'Paul McCartney's Producer Greg Kurstin Breaks Down Egypt Station' 
"He's pushing the boundaries in his songwriting," Kustin says of McCartney's upcoming LP.

25 July 2018
Paul McCartney in Conversation with Jarvis Cocker of the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts

On this date Paul McCartney is interviewed by Jarvis Cocker of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. One of the questions that was asked was what cover versions of Beatles songs done by other artists does he admire the best. Listen to the audio to find out Paul's interesting response.


23 July 2018

Real Love: A cartoonist draws on her teenage obsession with the Beatles


Carol Tyler found her Beatles-centric diaries from the '60s and was inspired to create new illustrations of those days. Click here for the full report.





19 July 2018

Ottawa Beatles Site spotlight on George Harrison




July 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12

50th Anniversary of Yellow Submarine movie now at Cineplex Odeon South Keys Cinemas in Ottawa


"An exuberant fusion of music, film and art, YELLOW SUBMARINE is a landmark cinematic experience that is as fun and vibrant as it was in 1968." Movie goers will enjoy the "glorious surround sound with the groundbreaking animation presented in stunningly-remastered 4k." YELLOW SUBMARINE is "the technicolour adventure of a lifetime." - Various excerpts from Apple Records promo press release.


Cineplex Odeon movie dates and times

July 8 - 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

July 9 - 11:20 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

July 10 - 1:00 p.m.

July 11 - 4:30 p.m.

July 12 - 1:00 p.m.


Official Podcast "Yellow Sub Sandwich"


Presented by music and movies expert Edith Bowman and movie critic Robbie Collin, this is a podcast with a difference; it comes in two parts: “before” and “after” - a bit to listen to before you see the movie and a bit for after.


With great stories about the making of the movie and fresh insight into what makes it so iconic and influential, The Yellow Sub Sandwich features all you need to know about the movie and why you should go and see it, where it was intended to be experienced, back on the big screen.


Edith and Robbie are joined in the studio by one of the original animators of the movie Malcolm Draper and Beatles music expert Ed Potton, and the podcast also features new interviews with:


- Chris Shepherd - award-winning Liverpudlian animator
- Edgar Wright – movie director (Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End, Baby Driver)
- Josh Weinstein – Show Runner of the Simpsons and Futurama
- Peter Lord – co founder of Aardman Animation (Chicken Run, Flushed Away, Arthur Christmas, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!)
- Sam Carter – the frontman of leading metal band, Architects


The podcast also features archive audio of:

David Livesey – animator on Yellow Submarine
Paul Angelis – actor and the voice of Ringo and the Chief Blue Meanie


George Harrison
Paul McCartney
Ringo Starr





27 April 2018
Roy Young died today     By Tony Copple

John and I were saddened by this news. Roy was a delightful man, and a very fine boogie-woogie and blues pianist, with great stories of the many times he played with the Beatles, and when he nearly became a Beatle. And he did play on a number of Beatles tracks.
Here are the obituaries from the Oxford Mail and The Independent.
On 22 December 2001 I visited Roy and his wife Carol in their Toronto home, and obtained an in-depth interview. A transcript has been available ever since on the Ottawa Beatles Site. We chatted mainly about the Hamburg days, his memories of John, Paul, George, Pete and Ringo, Tony Sheridan, and what it was like to play in that frenetic environment. I had brought a string of questions from various members of the Ottawa Beatles fraternity, and Roy was so co-operative. In those days my interviewing technique was strictly by instinct/common sense, but he made it easy, partly because he is such a consumate musician that he could speak with authority on any of the music questions. Every so often we would break off and he'd play me a tune. This was in the days when his Beatles covers album, 'Now and Then,' was new in the stores. He didn't have a web site, and I offered to do one for him, which I did. We corresponded quite frequently for a while.
Although he lived in Toronto for many years, he finally returned to his British roots with Carol.

20 July 2017
Lisa Lauren

In June in an IHOP in San Bruno California we heard a beautiful rendition of Love me do. Turned out the restaurant was tuned into The Coffee House, Ch 14 on Sirius XM. (Other restaurants should follow suit). I emailed Ch 14. Yesterday they replied and told me it was Lisa Lauren. I researched and bought "Lisa Lauren loves the Beatles" (2006 release) on iTunes. These are some of the best Beatles covers I ever heard, reminding me of how Laila Biali might do them. I prefer 'Love me do' to the Beatles' version. 15 tracks for $9.99 - value! David Sanborn on sax.

Tue 18 July 2017, 7 pm
Deconstructing The Beatles' White Album - Movie

Cineplex Odeon South Keys, 2214 Bank St, Ottawa

Future shows: Rubber Soul 1 Aug
Revolver 8 Aug
Sgt Pepper 15 Aug
White Album 22 Aug

Tue 4 June 2017, 7 pm
Deconstructing The Beatles' Revolver - Movie

Cineplex Odeon South Keys, 2214 Bank St, Ottawa

Photos below - with Alan and Boris


Fri 2 June 2017
Back to Pepperland - Ottawa celebrates 50th Anniversary of the release of Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Click to watch full length video

Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 50th Anniv 2 Jun live concert at Greenfield's Pub 'Back to Pepperland' by Jonesey Band + brass and string sections - so glad I was there for historic event. New release sets remastered by Giles Martin now available at

Wed 26 Oct 2016, 8 pm
"Lennon Through a Glass Onion"
Centrepointe Theatre.  A few seats left.  
Tickets $48.50
Excellent Montreal Gazette article
Other reviews, accolades

Fri 16 Sep 2016 - General release in Canada
"The Beatles - 8 Days a Week - The Touring Years"
South Keys Cinemas, 2214 Bank St., Ottawa
Friday 16 September.
Showtimes, when announced.

Click pic for trailer.

Ron Howard's authorized and highly-anticipated documentary feature film is based on the first part of The Beatles’ career (1962-1966) – the period in which they toured and captured the world’s acclaim. The film explores the band’s inner workings – how they made decisions, created their music and built their collective career together – all the while, exploring The Beatles’ extraordinary and unique musical gifts and their remarkable, complementary personalities. It will focus on the time period from the early Beatles’ journey in the days of The Cavern Club in Liverpool to their last concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966.

Released: 	September 16, 2016 - select theatres
Director: 	Ron Howard
Producers: 	Brian Grazer, Nigel Sinclair, Olivia Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Ron Howard, Scott Pascucci, Yoko Ono
Studio: 	Elevation Pictures
Cast: 		Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, George Harrison
Length: 	138 minutes

Read Alan Chrisman's excellent: review

16 Nov 2015 - Kelly Egan in the Ottawa Citizen
The Long and Winding Road of Beatles records that came from Smiths Falls
Citizen article
The article documents a new book by Piers Hemmingsen: "The Beatles in Canada, the Origins of Beatlemania"

1 April 2015
Cynthia Lennon: 1939 - 2015

Sat 7 Feb 2015, 4 and 8 pm
Let it Be - a celebration of the music of the Beatles
"By far the best Beatles show yet"
Centrepointe Theatre 613-580-2700
Will sell out ...

11 Oct 2014
As tweeted - ‏@tonycopple
When Will The Beatles Special Be Released?
If you tuned in to "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America — A GRAMMY Salute" last February (see notice below), you know that the event was surely a night to remember. And you probably want to remember it forever by owning an official recording. Unfortunately the release seems to be bogged down by royalty and licensing negotiations, since the artists agreed to play without these being tied up in advance. Bless them for doing that, but let's send a clear message to the Grammy's and other stakeholders that fans want a permanent record of that great night (which I missed because I was in England where the event was ignored.)
Release the DVD of The Night That Changed America

4 Sept 2014
50 Year Anniversary of the Beatles coming to Canada
To mark this anniversary, Michael Enright and the CBC Radio 1 producers dug deep into their 'Rewind' archives and came up with a lot of fascinating historic material.
Listen here:

26 May - 2 June 2014
From the folks that brought you Give Peace a Chance: the photographs of Gerry Dieter, compiled by Joan Athey, this historic event will inspire you and bring you peace and joy, combining John and Yoko's soujourn in the Queen Elizabeth Hotel with the couple’s subsequent visit in December 1969 when John came to testify at the Le Dain Commission of Inquiry into the Non-Medical Use of Drugs.
Here are full details of the event

Thurs, 8 May 2014, 9:00 pm
Jonesey and the GreyTones play Long Tall Sally
Where: Maxwell's, 340 Elgin Street
$5 cover charge
After lovingly re-creating Beatlemania in November 2013 and Twist and Shout in February 2014, Jonesey and the GreyTones will be covering the third, and last, Canadian only Beatles LP, Long Tall Sally, released by Capitol Records of Canada on May 11 1964, almost exactly fifty years ago. This exciting album closes the first act of the Beatles' incredible journey through the 1960s. So come and get your early Beatles fix and rock out Cavern Club style at Maxwell's.
Jonesey and the GreyTones: Paul Johanis, Jim Devlin, Gib Rozon, guitar and vocals; Myk Hewitt, bass; Michel Cloutier, drums
Jonesey bio and website

Sat, 3 May 2014, 9:30 pm
Jonesey and the GreyTones play The Savage Young Beatles
Where: The Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong Street, off Parkdale
No cover charge
Mach Shau: The Beatles in Hamburg Before they were big stars, the Beatles went over to Hamburg, Germany five times over a three year period from 1960 to 1962, playing hundreds of shows in the not so nice clubs of the red light district, where the German patrons loved high energy rock and roll, almost punk rock twenty years before Punk. One of the early club owners would yell at them "Mach shau", make a show, meaning get wild and crazy, which is what we plan to do, well as much as our old bones will let us, covering the songs they played on their last trip to the Star Club in December 1962. No better place to do this particular show than the Carleton Tavern! Jonesey and the GreyTones - Paul Johanis (Jonesey), Jim Devlin and Gib Rozon on guitar and vocals, Myk Hewitt on bass and Michel Cloutier on drums - will also be playing Beatles tunes from the Long Tall Sally album and other mid-sixties rock.
Contact: Paul Johanis,, 613-513-8372
Jonesey bio and website

Thurs, 20 February, 8:30

Beatles vs Rolling Stones!!
Jonesey in association with FAB GEAR 64 presents 20-50-60, a celebration
20 Anniversary of FABGEAR 64
50 Anniversary of the British Invasion and everything Beatles in North America
The Dead Flowers (Rolling Stones tribute), AND Jonesey and the GreyTones (Beatles tribute)
Also: Project 64: Both bands get together to cover other great 1964 rock hits
FAB GEAR 64 Mod fashion show
Photo exhibit and talk with rock photgrapher John Rowlands
WHEN: February 20, 8:30 PM
WHERE: Greenfields Pub, 900 Greenbank Road
Tickets: $10 at the door or in advance at
Band info:
The Dead Flowers
with Terry Tufts, Kathryn Briggs, Ken Workman, Sean Burke, Don Kenny
Jonesey and the GreyTones
with Jim Devlin, Myk Hewitt, Paul Johanis and Gib Rozon (and Uncle Bob Cabana sitting in)
Contact: Paul Johanis,, 613-513-8372

See brief video and a photo.

Feb 9, 2014
The Night that Changed America
GRAMMY Beatles Special being filmed Jan 27, the night after Paul & Ringo perform at the Grammys, will air Feb. 9 on CBS at 8PM EST. The two-hour CBS special to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four's legendary debut performance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" will feature some of today's finest artists.
Grammy's Beatles TV Special

Jan 26, 2014
The Grammys, as if you didn't know.
Paul and Ringo performed.

Jan 30, 2014, 9:00 pm
Jonesey presents "Twist and Shout, a tribute to The Beatles second Album"
Maxwell's Bistro, 340 Elgin Street, Ottawa, Cover: $5

On February 3, 1964, Capitol Records of Canada released the Beatles second album here in Canada, which they called Twist and Shout. It actually contained mostly the same songs as the Beatles' first album in the UK, called Please Please Me, released almost a year earlier. But Beatlemania had exploded since then, the Beatles were to appear on the Ed Sullivan show on February 9 and everyone was scrambling to put everything Beatles out there. This is another uniquely Canadian release, with unique cover art and liner notes. This is where we learned that George enjoyed egg and chips and that Ringo's ambition was to own a string of hair salons. Charming!
Jonesey and the GreyTones, which will include, in addition to Jonesey (Paul Johanis), Jim Devlin on guitar and vocals, Myk Hewitt on bass and Michel Cloutier on drums, will also be playing Beatles tunes from the Beatlemania! album and other songs featured on the Beatles' appearances on the Ed Sullivan show, 50 years ago...
Contact: Paul Johanis,
Jonesey bio and website:

Click for video                     More photos

Mon Jan 20, 2014
A new Beatles box set called the U.S. Albums shows Canadians got a better deal from the early Beatles than fans across the border. Read the story:

The day Canada heard the Beatles
How Paul White brought Love Me Do, Please Please Me, From Me To You and She Loves You to the Great White North
Ottawa Citizen by Bruce Ward