Sunday, September 30, 2012

Recording for Saturday Club

On May 21 1963 The Beatles headed out to the Playhouse Theatre in London to record for an upcoming BBC radio performance on "Saturday Club". They were top of the bill for this performance and most of the songs are available on bootleg. The host for this show is Brian Matthew; the actual airing of the show was four days after the recording date.
For this show, the following songs were performed: "I Saw Her Standing There" (the opening track for their current [at the time] LP), "Do You Want To Know A Secret?" (another LP track sung by George Harrison), "Boys" (another current LP track sung by Ringo), "Long Tall Sally" ( a cover of the Little Richard track that would not be recorded by the Beatles for almost another year and an eventual title track for an EMI EP), "From Me To You" (the current single at the time), and finally "Money (That's What I Want)" ( a second cover that would be released later in the year on their second LP; the closer in fact.) The show also features John, George and Ringo reading song request letters from fans.
The performances and the reading of letters for the show can be found on the LP "The Beatles At The Beeb, Volume One" as well as the "The Complete BBC Sessions" Great Dane box set on CD 1. There is also another version on CDR "The Complete BBC Sessions - Upgraded".

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