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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Saturday, June 1, 1963

BBC Paris Studio, London and Granada Cinema, Mitcham Rd. Tooting, London

Another hectic day for the Beatles eight hours inside a BBC radio studio followed by two separate "House" at the Tooting Granada with the Roy Orbison package tour.

The BBC session was for both the second and third editions in their own series "Pop Go The Beatles". Curiously, Program 3 was taped first, between 9:30 am and 1:30 pm, Number 2 was then recorded between 1:30 and 5:30. (A rehearsal element was included in these timings). The Beatles' guests in Program 3 were Carter-Lewis and the Southerners, and in Program 2 the Countrymen.

Before the series began, the Beatles let it be known that they would use the privileged BBC airtime to broadcast songs that had formed the backbone of their pre-fame live repertoire. An article in the New Musical Express of May 24, 1963 stated, "The Beatles will sing 5 or 6 numbers in each presentation. R&B material will be strongly featured. It was an interesting decision, for although they did play a few Lennon-McCartney numbers, they certainly could have featured them much more. Instead, the Beatles opted for versatility, letting the British public hear the songs they could no longer perform in live concerts now restricted to 20-25 minutes and hit material.

It was because of this decision that people have been able to hear - and preserve - studio environment, often live in-one-take recordings of rare Beatles performances, a huge cache of remarkable material.

In Program 3, broadcast in the Light Programme between 5:00 and 5:29 pm on Tuesday, June 18th, the group sang "A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues", "Memphis, Tennesse", "A Taste Of Honey", "Sure To Fall In Love With You", "Money, That's What I Want", and "From Me To You".

In Program 2, transmitted in the Light Programme between 5:00 and 5:20 pm on Tuesday, June 11th, the Beatles performed "Too Much Monkey Business", "I Got To Find My Baby", "Youngblood", "Baby, It's You", "Till There Was You", and "Love Me Do".

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