60 years Ago: BEATLES TAPE FOUR MORE SHOWS FOR BBC
The Beatles started the month of September 1963 by recording the final three installments of their BBC radio program Pop Go The Beatles. After having Monday off, the group spent Tuesday, September 3, at the Studio Two of the BBC’s Aeolian Hall.
For the first program, set for broadcast on September 10, the group recorded both sides of their new single, She Loves You and I’ll Get You, plus Too Much Monkey Business, Till There Was You, Love Me Do and The Hippy Hippy Shake. The actual broadcast of the show also included A Taste Of Honey, which would be recorded later that day for inclusion in next edition of the program.
For the September 17 show, the group recorded Chains, You Really Got A Hold On Me, Misery, Lucille, From Me To You, Boys and A Taste of Honey (with the last song being broadcast in the September 10 show).
The songs for the September 24 show included She Loves You, Ask Me Why, Devil In Her Heart, I Saw Her Standing There, Sure To Fall (In Love With You) and Twist And Shout.
On Wednesday, the Beatles performed at the Gaumont Cinema in Worcester. The next evening they gave a concert at the Gaumont Cinema in Taunton. The group started the weekend with a Friday night show at the Odeon Theatre in Luton, Bedfordshire.
On Saturday, September 7, the group dropped by the Playhouse Theatre in London to record songs for the fifth year anniversary special edition of the BBC radio program Saturday Club. The Beatles recorded both sides of their current single, She Loves You and I’ll Get You, plus I Saw Her Standing There, Memphis Tennessee, and Lucille. They also knocked off Happy Birthday Saturday Club for the occasion. The program was broadcast on October 5. Afterwards, Paul was interviewed for the BBC program A World Of Sound, which aired on November 21.
The Beatles finished the week with a Saturday evening concert at Fairfield Hall in Croydon and a Sunday night show at the ABC Theatre in Blackpool (their third Sunday night concert at the venue in one month’s time).
Today’s trivia questions pertain to the BBC radio shows recorded during the week of September 2, 1963.
1. On whose recording of Lucille was the Beatles BBC version based?
2. What artist did the BBC announcer attribute the song Lucille to?
3. What songs recorded for the BBC that week would later appear on the Beatles next album?
1. The Beatles performance of Lucille was based on the original version recorded by Little Richard.
2. The BBC announcer attributed Lucille to the Everly Brothers, who had a current U.K. hit with their cover version of the song.
3. Till There Was You, You Really Got A Hold On Me and Devil In Her Heart would be included on the Beatles next album, With The Beatles.
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