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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Thursday, October 3, 1963

Studio Three, EMI Studios, London

and NEMS Enterprises, Monmouth Street, London

All of the Beatles but George arrived back in England on Wednesday, October 2nd. He returned this day although after this 10:00 am-1:00 pm session at EMI which saw Ringo, overdub a new vocal onto "I wanna be your man" and John and Paul do likewise for "Little Child".

During the mid-afternoon, with George, the Beatles made the 1st of 3 appearances on the BBC radio program "The Public Ear", a spoken-word magazine for which the Beatles' contributions were always of the interview variety. It was a series to which the group listened when on tour.

This interview - taped by the program's features assistant Michael Colley at NEMS' 13 Monmouth Street office - went into the edition transmitted in the Light Programme from 3:00 to 4:00 pm on Sunday, November 3rd, as part of a fascinating, almost 12 minute feature devoted to them and the "Mersey Beat" boom. Interviews with Bill Harry, Pete Best, Millie Sutcliffe (mother of the late Stuart), "beat poet" Royston Ellis (whom the Beatles had backed at the Jacaranda Coffee Bar in Liverpool one night in May 1960) and members of the public were also featured. The item was narrated by broadcaster Tony Hall, a much respected figure in the British record industry and personal friend and central London neighbor of the Beatles.

Note: The Public Ear was considered such an interesting program that some editons were re-broadcast in revised form on the Home Service as "In the Public Ear". The Beatles' interview elements from Colley's feature were included in such a program on January 14, 1964, 9:00-9:30 pm.

Ringo left the NEMS office immediately after the interview was over and drove to Southend to see a package show concert at the Odeon Cinema featuring the Everly Brothers, Bo Diddley and the Rolling Stones.

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