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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Tuesday, July 30, 1963

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London and Playhouse Theatre, London and Studio Two, EMI Studios London

The Beatles spent the morning and evening at EMI recording more material for their second LP, either side of an afternoon's work at the BBC.

The morning session began at 10:00 and saw the group first tape a cover of the Marvelette's "Please Mister Postman", completed in nine takes, and then tackle the first Lennon-McCartney song for the LP, the superb "It won't be long". Ten takes were recorded but it remained unfinished when the session halted at 1:30 pm, half an hour later than scheduled.

The Beatles taped two BBC radio recordings during the afternoon, the first an interview for the "Pop Chat" section of the show "Non Stop Pop", broadcast, again in teh Light Programme, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon on Saturday, August 24th.

The short interview for "Non Stop Pop" was conducted by bandleader Phil Tate and was recorded just after 2:30 pm, when the Beatles arrived at the Playhouse Theatre to rehearse and record the "Saturday Club" session.

The "Saturday Club" recording took place immediately afterwards (much earlier than the contracted time of 5:30-6:30), the Beatles taping six numbers, "Long tall Sally", "She loves you", "Glad All over", "Twist and Shout", "You really got a hold on me", and "I'll get you." The last three of these fell within the final 29 minutes of the domestic broadcast, simultaneously aired by the BBC's General Overseas Service.

Resuming at EMI on time at 5:00 pm, George Martin overdubbed a piano track onto the previously taped "Money (That's what I want). They taped a 5-take remake of "Till there was you" and an eight-take recording of Chuck Berry's rock classic "Roll over Beethoven". They resumed work on "It won't be long", moving it on to take 23, and, finally, recorded Paul's "All my Loving", certainly his best and most complex piece of songwriting yet - this was completed in 13 takes. The session ended at 11:00 pm, an hour later than scheduled.

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