Saturday, October 13, 2012

The first "Pop Go The Beatles" on BBC

And so the radio blitz continues: I'm always amazed at how much work the Beatles were doing in the year of 1963. Another example: after performing at the Playhouse Theatre, three days later on May 24 1963. The Beatles appear at the Aeolian Hall in London to perform for the first of many BBC inspired shows this time aimed specifically for the group: "Pop Go The Beatles".
On this particular date the following songs were performed and recorded and eventually aired on June 04 1963 around the supper time. The first song being a cover and sung by George: "Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby"; eventually recorded as the last tune on the "Beatles For Sale" LP in October 1964. The current single was also performed "From Me To You" but is unavailable as of this writing. The next song to be played is from the current LP at the time: "Do You Want To Know A Secret?" which is the second George lead vocal from this show. Next up is the song "You Really Got A Hold On Me" which would be on the forthcoming "With The Beatles" LP releasesd 5 months after this show. Next is another song from the current LP "Misery" with vocals shared between John and Paul. Lastly, a cover version that was never commercially released on EMI "The Hippy Hippy Shake" with vocal from Paul.
At the beginning and end of the show is the theme song "Pop Go The Beatles". There are two versions of the theme song that show up on bootlegs. The shorter intro and the longer outtro both bookend the performances that are heard.
This show can be heard on "The Beatles At the Beeb, Volume two" on LP as well as the usual Great Dane BBC complete Sessions box set on CD.

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