Saturday, December 14, 2013

Big Beat '64 (Also known as The Pollwinner's Concert)

On April 26, 1964 The Beatles played a live show at the Empire Pool in Wembley. This show was part of the "Big Beat '64" program on ABC Television in the UK. It is also known as the "New Musical Express Pollwinner's Concert". After the show was taped, the broadcast for the concert was shown on May 10 1964.
The line up of musical material consists of the following: After an introduction by Murray "The K" who was a New York American DJ at the time, the first song performed is "She Loves You" which, of course, was the fourth single in the UK line up. After this, the latest B-side is performed in the form of Lennon's "You Can't Do That". The last song from the first LP is played; the cover version of the Isley Brother's tune "Twist And Shout" with John on lead. Paul gets his turn with the Little Richard cover of "Long Tall Sally" and the last song of the show is the current (at the time) A-side of the new single "Can't Buy Me Love". The Beatles were then presented with trophies by the actor Roger Moore who would later appear as James Bond in the movies.
You can find the show on the vinyl bootleg, "The Beatles At The Beeb Volume Thirteen" as well as the CD bootleg "Mythology, Volume 1". I've also presented the audio only for the show below. Some of the "Can't Buy Me Love" video footage can be seen commercially on the Apple "Anthology" DVD.

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