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There may have been no British Invasion had the Beatles been on Decca

Although the Beatles were disappointed at the time, it’s a good thing they failed the Decca audition. Had they passed, they would have been produced by Mike Smith. While Smith was a competent producer, he was no George Martin. There may have been no British Invasion had the Beatles been on Decca.

Out of the 15 songs performed by the Beatles at their January 1, 1962 Decca audition, how many were written by Lennon-McCartney?

What were the names of the Lennon-McCartney songs performed at the Decca audition?

Who were the first artists to record and release singles of the Lennon-McCartney songs recorded at the Beatles Decca audition?

What two songs performed by the Beatles at their Decca audition were later recorded and released by the Beatles on Parlophone albums?

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There of the 15 songs performed by the Beatles at their Decca audition were written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. The songs were “Like Dreamers Do,” “Hello Little Girl” and “Love Of The Loved.” They were among the first songs written by the duo, with “Hello Little Girl” being John’s first. Because these songs were not John and Paul’s best work, the Beatles never recorded them. Instead, they were given to other British artists. The Applejacks version of “Like Dreamers Do” peaked at #20 on the U.K. charts. Michael Leander served as musical director for the single’s arrangement. He later arranged the strings on the Beatles Sgt. Pepper song “She’s Leaving Home.” The Fourmost’s recording of “Hello Little Girl” peaked at #9 on the U.K. charts. It was also recorded by Gerry & the Pacemakers, but their version was not released until several years later. Both of these versions were recorded at Abbey Road and produced by George Martin. Cilla Black’s recording of “Love Of The Loved” peaked at #35 on the U.K. charts. It was also recorded at Abbey Road and produced by George Martin. The Beatles Decca audition performances of “Like Dreamers Do” and “Hello Little Girl” were later released on “Anthology 1.”

The only two songs performed by the Beatles at their 1962 Decca audition to be recorded and released on a Parlophone album were “Money” and “Till There Was You.” Both songs appeared on the group’s second U.K. album, “With The Beatles.”

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Song performed for Decca audition and “Get Back” rehearsal sessions

What was the only song performed by the Beatles at their January 1, 1962 Decca audition, at their June 6, 1962 EMI commercial test and during the “Get Back” rehearsal sessions?

Bonus: What is the connection between that song and the Beatles February 1964 visit to Miami Beach?

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The Beatles performed “Besame Mucho” at their January 1, 1962 Decca audition, at their June 6, 1962 EMI commercial test and during the “Get Back” rehearsal sessions. The song, written by Consuelo Valazquez and Sunny Skylar, was a Latin standard that came to the attention of the Beatles by way of the Coasters, who issued the song in two parts on the single Atco 6163 in 1960. On the night before their second Ed Sullivan Show appearance broadcast live from Miami Beach, the Beatles went to see the Coasters at a local Miami nightclub. The group included several Coasters songs in their club appearances during their formative years. At their Decca audition, the Beatles played two other Coasters’ songs, “Three Cool Cats” and “Searchin’.”

The Beatles performed three songs recorded by the Coasters at their January 1, 1962, Decca audition: Three Cool Cats, Searchin’ and Besame Mucho. The first two are on Anthology 1. The group’s rendition of Besame Mucho from their June 6, 1962, EMI commercial test is also on the album.

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