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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: May 26, 1965 (Wednesday)

Studio One, BBC Piccadilly Studios, London

In a little over three years since their initial broadcast, the Beatles had had outgrown the desire or need to record music sessions exclusively for broadcast on BBC Radio, and this, their 52nd music program contribution - was also the last. Transmitted in the Light Program as a "bank Holiday" special on Whit Monday, June 7 (10:00 am-12:15 pm, 15 minutes longer than usual), it went under the new title The Beatles (Invite You To Take A Ticket To Ride). From Us To You was no longer an appropriate name considering the progression of the group's music since spring 1963, and the Beatles had offered to think of a replacement. Their final unimaginative decision indicates the degree of importance they now attached to this type of engagement.

The session took place between 2:30 and 6:00 pm (inclusive of rehearsal time) during which they taped seven numbers, "Ticket To Ride", (used twice in the prorgam, faded end), "Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby", "I'm A Loser", "She's A Woman". They also engaged in idle jocularity with the host, musician and broadcaster Denny Piercy, but the general feeling among listeners when surveyed later by the BBC was, after all, their own show. (As usual, there were a host of guest artists to pad out the 135 minutes.)

During a meeting with BBC radio executives on March 12, 1965 Brian Epstein promised that the group would record more "bank holiday" specials during 1965.  Brian Epstein promised that the group would record more "bank holiday" specials during 1965, principally for August 30 and December 26 (Boxing Day). However, despite an announcement to this effect over BBC airwaves, Epstein failed to meet his promise - listeners on August 30 did still hear an exclusive Beatles program, however.

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