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The Beatles

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The Beatles

The Beatles A collection of material relating to an interview between The Beatles and Huddersfield Hospital Broadcasts Association representative Gordon Kaye, the interview recorded for Pop Scene, a monthly programme produced for broadcast within local hospitals, on 29th November, 1963 backstage in between performances at the ABC Cinema, Huddersfield, comprising two ¼ inch reel-to-reel tapes, one unedited and one edited version: - the unedited version: with much hilarity and laughter the Beatles, apart from John who appears to remain very much in the background, respond individually to Kaye's queries regarding their personal interests and what they would do if they could go anywhere unrecognised, in answer to the initial question on how they thought that night's performance had gone: - Paul McCartney: ..one of the best receptions we've had...; the answers regarding his musical tastes become increasingly sarcastic..I like everybody else, you know, Stravinsky, Beethoven.. and then more seriously...American groups...American records generally..., his ambitions for the future...John and I may do songwriting or something after its all finished and if he could go anywhere unrecognised, Paul opts to go home and see his father; - George Harrison lists his musical tastes...I like Trad Jazz...Kenny Ball and all that... as Paul interrupts with mock amazement... You don't...you told me you didn't...!, with typical deadpan humour George declares his ambition ...to join the Navy and be a Lieutenant Commander on HMS Queen Victoria; - they discuss their appearance at the Royal Variety Command Performance, Kaye asks John for his views but before he can answer, George quips ..he's got no views. He's short-sighted.. Paul comments in a comedy voice...we were extremely honoured to have been chosen by her Majesty...it was a tremendous and great occasion to which we feel strongly indebted to all the British people...; - on forthcoming events, Ringo explains about their first appearance on Jukebox Jury as John shouts from the background that he's already appeared on it [29th June, 1963]; Paul comments on their plans for the Finsbury Park Astoria Christmas Show describing it as a a Comedy Bandbox type of show... and their plans to make a film the following year; - the interview terminates with the group introducing some records including I Want To Hold Your Hand, reading out listeners' requests and some impromptu singing and banjo playing -- approx. running time 12 mins.; the tape also includes interviews with Helen Shapiro, Ken Dodd and Bobby Rydell; - the edited version: as broadcast in December, 1963, additionally containing interviews conducted by Huddersfield Hospital Radio Manager/Producer, Laurie Stead with Beatles fans and members of the public outside the ABC Cinema when the tickets for the Beatles' forthcoming concert went on sale and a report from the evening of the concert against a backdrop of screaming fans -- approximate running time 20 mins., the tape also with extracts of interviews with various groups and individuals including The Rolling Stones [March 1965], Dave Clark, Joan Baez, Billy Fury, Frank Ifield, Cliff Richard and Cat Stevens; - a typescript letter from Brian Epstein to Laurie Stead on NEMS ENTERPRISES LTD headed stationery, signed, 22nd October, 1963, arranging a date and time for the above interview ...it is a little difficult to say when it would be convenient for you to record an interview with the BEATLES on November 29th, 1963. May I suggest that you contact their Road Manager, Neil Aspinall, at the theatre during the afternoon of their arrival... 1p.; - a black and white Radio Times publicity photograph of the Beatles, 1963, signed and inscribed in red ballpoint pen To Laurie, best wishes from George Harrison [faded], additionally signed by Paul McCartney, John Lennon twice [one signature indisctinct] and Ringo Starr twice [both indistinct] -- 10x8in. (25.4x20.3cm.); and - a magazine, FACT, issue no.1, containing an article by Gordon Kaye describing his encounter with the Beatles and his impressions of them...Paul McCartney - tall, dark and "A"-Level Eng. Lang.; George Harrison - quiet, witty, unable to treat a question seriously...; Ringo Starr - straight-talking, honest and loud; John Lennon - author and half of the famous Lennon/McCartney songwriting team, with a brief transcript of the interview; and an issue of The Observer Sunday supplement magazine, January, 1981, featuring an article by Maureen Cleave John Lennon - A Memoir; These tapes are offered for sale without copyright, broadcast rights, performers' consents and other reproduction rights. The buyer must apply to the relevant parties to obtain such clearance and consents as may be necessary (6)
LEWISOHN, Mark The Complete Beatles Chronicle, London: Pyramid Books, 1992, p. 130
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