George Harrison’s sister lives modestly in rural Missouri

George Harrison, 1964

Before George Harrison died in 2001, the rock icon and former member of the Beatles reportedly saw that his sister, Louise, was given a $2,000 per month pension ― a small sum given his more than $300 million fortune.

In an interview with the U.K.’s Daily Mail, Louise Harrison claims that pension ended after her brother died. Now 82, Harrison still works to support herself. However, she isn’t upset about the arrangement.

She told the Daily Mail, “I was never concerned about the termination of the pension, I have found a way to make a living.”

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George Harrison’s sister lives modestly in rural Missouri – Yahoo News.

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The Beatles Get Grammys Special on CBS

The Beatles with Ed Sullivan, 1964

CBS wants to hold a Beatles special.

The network will air a two-hour program about the Fab Four, “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles,” that will feature contemporary artists performing Beatles tunes in addition to archival footage.

The special will air Feb. 9, the 50th anniversary of the band’s appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” for the network. Footage and other archival material from the night of the group’s “Sullivan” performance will be included, along with performers who’ll emphasize the importance of the group’s performance on the show.

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The Beatles Get Grammys Special on CBS – Yahoo TV.

An ABBA Reunion?

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For years she’s been seen as the main barrier to an Abba reunion.

Now Agnetha Faltskog has revealed that the Swedish group are considering reforming more than 30 years after their acrimonious split.

The 63-year-old said they are thinking about marking the 40th anniversary of their first big hit Waterloo next year with a concert.

‘Of course it’s something we’re thinking about,’ she told German newspaper Welt am Sonntag.

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via Could Abba reform? Agnetha Faltskog drops hint of possible reunion | Mail Online.

British Singer-Songwriter Kris Ife Dies

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Kris Ife, former member of The Quiet Five whose career spanned more than five decades, has died. According to Ife’s website and posts on social media by friends and his webmistress, Rosemarie Edwards, Ife suffered a fatal heart attack on 08 November 2013. He was 67 years old.

During his high-school years, Ife formed a skiffle group called The Gravediggers, and after leaving school he put together The Vikings, which in 1964 would be merged with an existing group, The Quiet Five. Once the two bands were combined, there were actually six members: Ife, John Howell, and Ray Hailey from The Vikings along with Richard Barnes, Roger McKew, and John “Satch” Goswell. Two of the group’s singles charted in the UK:  The Ife-composed “When the Morning Sun Dries the Dew” in 1965, and a cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Homeward Bound” the following year.

Ife left The Quiet Five in 1967 and went on to a solo career, covering Joe South’s “Hush” and later working with Abbey Road producer Mark Wirtz (of “Teenage Opera” fame) for whom he recorded the track “Imagination.” Ife put together a session band called The Matchmakers, and he and Wirtz subsequently collaborated on the Judd album Snarlin Mumma Lion. In addition, Ife recorded with J. Vincent Edwards under the name Jackson & Jones.

Kris Ife remained active in the music business for the duration of his lifetime. He joined forces with Mark Wirtz again during the first decade of the new millennium to co-compose tunes (“Learning 2 Live With Love” and “One Night Stand,” recorded by Spyderbaby and Anthony Rivers, respectively) for the Mark Wirtz Ear Theatre CD Love is Eggshaped, released in 2005. In 2006, RPM Records released the CD Hush: The Definitive Collection 1967-1973, which includes the entire Judd LP.

Kris Ife Hush

In 2008, Ife recorded the CD Beaver Street with J. Vincent Edwards and Wayne S. Newton, released under the name The Beaver Street Hat Band. At the time of his passing, Kris Ife was residing in Ipswich, Suffolk (United Kingdom).

Kris Ife: 16 June 1946 – 08 November 2013

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