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A Christmas Eve delivery to John Lennon

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Kevin Sullivan, who grew up in Portsmouth, delivered a mysterious envelope to John Lennon on Christmas Eve in 1974.

Guitarist Kevin Sullivan of the Beatles cover band Abbey Rhode shared this story — parts of which appear in Albert Goldman’s controversial book, “The Lives of John Lennon” — about his holiday meeting with the ex-Beatle and his then-estranged wife, Yoko Ono, in 1974. At the time Mr. Sullivan, who grew up in Portsmouth, was 24 and […]

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Band relishes challenge of covering The Beatles

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John Flanders, Ray Davis, Mike Jackson and Kevin Sullivan (from left) of the band Abbey Rhode emulate the cover of a similarly named Beatles album from 1969. This Richard W. Dionne photo was taken on Park Avenue last week.

PORTSMOUTH — The challenge of being in a band that covers The Beatles? Make just one little mistake, and everyone knows it. “Every little lick, every little drum beat is essential to the song because everybody remembers them; they’re iconic songs,” said Kevin Sullivan, 63, one of the guitarists in the band. “A thousand bands play ‘Johnny […]

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