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DSSO will salute the Beatles

Maybe money can't buy you love, but it can buy you a ticket to the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra's next pops concert featuring the music of the Fab Four -- the Beatles. Just don't plan on an eight-day week.

Maybe money can't buy you love, but it can buy you a ticket to the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra's next pops concert featuring the music of the Fab Four -- the Beatles. Just don't plan on an eight-day week.

Guest conductor Jeffrey Stirling will direct the DSSO's musicians and Yesterday, a Beatles tribute band, in performing many of the popular hits of the 1960s and '70s. The evening will be hosted by Jim Brown, a local radio show host.

The show is sure to be a hit with Baby Boomer and with people of all ages who have come to know and love the band, arguably the most popular in the history of pop music.

The early part of the concert will cover music that preceded the Beatles, including work by Duke Ellington and Frank Sinatra, but the remainder of the evening celebrates the Beatles' British invasion. Songs on the play list include "Yesterday," "Hey Jude," "A Day in the Life" (which has a symphonic section in the original), "Penny Lane," "Strawberry Fields" and "Sgt. Pepper."

But there are many songs to choose from -- the Beatles put out more than 13 albums and still have the most chart-topping hits of any band, a fact that was celebrated with the release in 2000 of a compilation of those songs, called "1."

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In April 1964, the band also had another notable moment, when their songs occupied the top five spots in the Billboard charts, something no other band has accomplished.

Brown calls the Beatles song "Yesterday" the most recorded song of all time, with more than 2,500 versions recorded by other artists. A Beatles Web site based around the CD "1" also notes that "Yesterday" has been played on U.S. radio stations almost 7 million times, "making it the world's most broadcast song of the modern era."

The Web site, found at http://www.thebeatles.com , has a short video clip of Paul McCartney performing the song -- none of the other Beatles actually performed it in the recording, it was only McCartney, his guitar and a string quartet. The site also has an audio clip in which McCartney discusses how the song came to him in a dream.

Who knows? Next weekend's concert may leave some Northlanders with the same dream.

Tickets to "Yesterday -- A Tribute to the Beatles" are available through the DSSO at 733-7579 or online at http://www.dsso.com .

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