1964 – The Beatles on BBC Radio, and some interesting facts about the Band

On the 7th of January, 1964, The Beatles recorded a seven-song appearance for the BBC Radio program Saturday Club. They played “All My Loving“, “Money“, “The Hippy Hippy Shake“, “I Want to Hold Your Hand“, “Roll Over Beethoven“, “Johnny B. Goode“, and “I Wanna Be Your Man“. The show was broadcast on February 15, while the Beatles were in the US.

The session took place between 2.30pm and 4pm, including rehearsal time. It was first broadcast on the BBC Light Programme on 15 February 1964 at 10.30am. Also included in the show was the group’s BBC recording of ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ from the 17 December 1963 edition of Saturday Club. The first two songs were also broadcast on the BBC General Overseas Service, at the same time that Saturday Club aired. The version of Johnny B Goode, meanwhile, was included on the 1994 collection Live At The BBC.

Interesting facts about The Beatles:

Among the people who sing backing vocals on All You Need Is Love are Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Marianne Faithfull, Jane Asher, Mike McCartney, Pattie Harrison, Eric Clapton, Graham Nash, Keith Moon, Hunter Davies, and Gary Leeds of the Walker Brothers.

Eric Clapton plays lead guitar on While My Guitar Gently Weeps. George and Eric first met in December 1964 during the Beatles’ Christmas Show in London on which the Yardbirds, including Clapton, also appeared.

Cher’s first single, released under the name of Bonnie Jo Mason, was Ringo, I Love You; it was produced by Phil Spector. Ella Fitzgerald also recorded “Ringo Beat“ the same year she covered “Can’t Buy Me Love“.

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