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BEATLES CONTINUE ORBISON TOUR AND RECORD MORE SONGS FOR BBC RADIO

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The Roy Orbison tour continued for the week of May 27, 1963, with a Monday night concert at the Capitol Cinema in Cardiff, Glamorganshire. The remaining week nights featured concert appearances at the Gaumont Cinema in Worcester, Worcs, the Rialto Theatre in York and the Odeon Cinema in Manchester, Lancashire. The weekend shows began on Friday at the Odeon Cinema in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, followed by the two separate shows at the Granada Cinema in Tooting, London on Saturday and an appearance at the Hippodrome Theatre in Brighton, Sussex on Sunday.

Prior to playing two concert appearances on Saturday night, the Beatles spent eight hours at BBC Paris Studio in London recording two installments of their radio show Pop Goes The Beatles for the BBC. For the first program, the Beatles recorded: A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues; Memphis, Tennessee; A Taste Of Honey; Sure To Fall (In Love With You); Money (That’s What I Want) and their current single, From Me To You. For the second show, they recorded: Too Much Monkey Business; I Got To Find My Baby; Youngblood; Baby It’s You; Till There Was You and Love Me Do.

Today’s trivia questions cover the cover songs performed by the Beatles for the second and third installments of Pop Goes The Beatles.

  1. Of the dozen songs listed above, which two were associated with musicals?
  2. Of the dozen songs listed above, which ones would later be recorded for the group’s second album?
  3. Of the dozen songs listed above, which had been performed at the Decca audition?
  4. Of the dozen songs listed above, which were never recorded at Abbey Road?
  5. Who originally recorded A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues and what other song of his was recorded for the BBC and what other song of his appears on a Beatles album?
  6. Who originally recorded I Got To Find My Baby?
  7. Of the dozen songs listed above, which is associated with two of the more infamous Grammy awards ever presented?

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  1. A Taste Of Honey was associated with the musical A Taste Of Honey. The Beatles performance was based on the Lenny Welch recording of the song. Till There Was You was from The Music Man. The Beatles based their performance on the Peggy Lee recording, which was a hit single in the U.K.
  2. Money (That’s What I Want) and Till There Was You were later recorded for the group’s second album, With The Beatles.
  3. The Beatles performed Memphis, Tennessee; Sure To Fall (In Love With You); Money (That’s What I Want) and Till There Was You at the Decca audition.
  4. The Beatles did not record the following songs at Abbey Road: A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues; Memphis, Tennessee; Sure To Fall (In Love With You); Too Much Monkey Business; I Got To Find My Baby; and Youngblood.
  5. Arthur Alexander recorded A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues. The Beatles performed his Soldier Of Love for the BBC and his Anna for their debut album. John was a big fan of Alexander.
  6. Chuck Berry recorded I Got To Find My Baby. It was one of his lesser known songs.
  7. A Taste Of Honey, as performed by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, won the 1965 Grammy for record of the year, in a year when other possibilities included Help! and Yesterday by the Beatles, Satisfaction by the Rolling Stones and Like A Rolling Stone by Bob Dylan. In 1978, the year in which Elvis Costello released his first two albums, best new artist went to the disco duo A Taste Of Honey.

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