6th June 1962 – the Beatles First Recording Session at Abbey Road Studios

June 6th 1962 – the Beatles record ‘Love Me Do’ at their first session at EMI Studios, Abbey Road. They also recorded versions of ‘Besame Mucho’, ‘PS I Love You’ and ‘Ask Me Why’

Earlier in the day, they had rehearsed many songs, and decided to record four of them later.

Things didn’t go smoothly:

“The Beatles didn’t make a very good impression, apart from visually. I mean, we heard nothing of John and Paul’s songwriting ability. They had tiny little Vox amplifiers and speakers, which didn’t create much of a sound at source. Of course, every sound engineer wants some kind of sound at source that he can then embellish and improve, but I got nothing out of The Beatles’ equipment except for a load of noise, hum and goodness-knows-what. Paul’s was about the worst — in those days we had echo chambers to add onto the reverberation, and I had to raid the Studio Two echo chamber in order to fix him up with a sound so that we could get something down on tape.” – Norman Smith

Most documentation for the session has long been destroyed, but we know it was produced by George Martin with assistant Ron Richards, and was The Beatles’ only EMI session to feature Pete Best on drums; when the band returned to Abbey Road on 4 September, Ringo Starr was the group’s new drummer.

Ron Richards was initially in charge of the session – George Martin was only brought in when balance engineer Norman Smith was struck by the quality of Love Me Do. Smith instructed tape operator Chris Neal to fetch Martin, who took over the rest of the session. It was unusual for a producer to be present for an artist test. However, on this day Martin stayed for most of the session.

“The control room door opened and in walked George Martin himself. And I thought to myself, ‘This must be some kind of special artist test for him to show up.’ Because producers didn’t normally attend artists test. It was always their assistants. And, of course, up to that time, George was not involved at all with any guitar groups. He did a lot of comedy records, like Peter Sellers and stuff like that.”
Norman Smith

Afterwards George Martin invited the Beatles to the control room to talk and listen to the playback.

We gave them a long lecture about their equipment and what would have to be done about it if they were to become recording artists. They didn’t say a word hack, not a word, they didn’t even nod their heads in agreement. When he finished, George said ‘Look, I’ve laid into you for quite a time, you haven’t responded. Is there anything you don’t like?’ I remember they all looked at each other for a long while, shuffling their feet, then George Harrison took a long look at George and said ‘Yeah, I don’t like your tie!’ That cracked the ice for us and for the next 15-20 minutes they were pure entertainment. When they left to go home George and I just sat there saying ‘Phew! What do you think of that lot then?’ I had tears running down my face.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1mgIZrlLSE

We go to Abbey Road on my London Beatles Walks http://www.beatlesinlondon.com

GEORGE HARRISON – I ME MINE – LYRICS & WRITINGS Pop Up Exhibition

## FREE POP UP EXHIBITION ##

A very rare opportunity to see George Harrison’s handwritten lyrics on display

Friday 16th June – Sunday 18th June 2017

Elms Lesters Painting Rooms, 1-3-5 Flitcroft Street, London, WC2H 8DH

Genesis Publications hosts a free exhibition celebrating the U.K. launch of the book, I ME MINE – The Extended Edition by George Harrison.

Visitors to the pop-up exhibition will have a rare chance to see reproductions of Harrison’s handwritten lyrics as well as personal photographs and commentary taken from the new book. The closest to an autobiography of George Harrison that has been published, I ME MINE – The Extended Edition covers -for the first time- the full span of his life and work, with his handwritten lyrics to 141 songs, observations by Harrison himself and photographs from the family albums.

Originally published in 1980, The Extended Edition includes lyrics and photographs discovered recently by his wife Olivia, including a collection of lyrics found in a piano bench at Harrison’s home studio. One such song was ‘Hey Ringo’, thought to be from 1970/1971, and previously unseen – including by Ringo Starr himself who first saw the lyrics at the recent Los Angeles exhibition of the book.

Rare limited edition books also on display will include: I Me Mine (original 1980 edition), Songs by George Harrison 1 and 2, Concert for George, Fifty Years Adrift and Live in Japan. Visitors will also enjoy a preview of the recently announced Revolver 50 Collage series by Klaus Voormann, Love That Burns – A Chronicle of Fleetwood Mac by Mick Fleetwood, Transformer by Lou Reed & Mick Rock, and the Genesis 100 special box set celebrating 100 editions since 1974.

Also on show will be the full range of Genesis Publications’ limited edition, signed books and prints.   Publications and prints by artists such as Jimmy Page, Ronnie Wood, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, Pete Townshend, Bob Dylan, Paul Weller and Jeff Beck will be displayed alongside those featuring the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Traveling Wilburys, The Who as well as the recent Vogue – Voice Of A Century anthology.

For more info see

i-me-mine-exhibition.com

 

INTERNATIONAL BEATLEWEEK IS SET TO GET BACK LIVE OUTDOOR MUSIC!

27TH AUGUST 2017, 10:00AM – 28TH AUGUST 2017, 10:00PM

The ‘Beatle Week-Ender’ is coming to Liverpool’s Pier Head Village on Sunday and Monday during the International Beatleweek festival. This amazing event will feature LIVE OUTDOOR MUSIC from many of our festival artists. 

Sunday, August 27th marks 50 years to the day we sadly lost Brian Epstein and all day we will be paying tribute to the man who helped The Beatles reach the ‘toppermost of the poppermost’.

Monday, August 28th we will be celebrating 50 years of The Beatles album, ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ and Cavern resident band, The Cavern Club Beatles, will be performing a special set featuring the album in its entirety. 

THIS IS A FREE EVENT AND YOU DO NOT NEED TICKETS OR WRISTBANDS TO ATTEND.

Beatles Weekender Coming to Liverpool

June 3rd 1964 – Ringo Collapses Before World Tour

3rd June 1964. Just before flying off on a world tour, the Beatles pose for photos at Prospect Studios in Barnes, for the Saturday Evening Post. They are dress as city gents, wearing suits and bowler hats. During the session, Ringo complained of feeling ill, and collapsed. He was rushed to University College Hospital where he was diagnosed with tonsillitis. Ringo was in no fit state to go on the tour, and it was too late to cancel, so replacement drummer Jimmy Nicol was bought in.
Ringo recovered in time to join the tour in Australia.

Ringo about to collapse during a photo session

Apple Scruffs at Abbey Road

So there I was on my London Beatles Walk, outside Abbey Road Studios, telling the story of how Beatles fans Lizzie Bravo and Gayleen Pease sang backing vocals on ‘Across The Universe’ – and who should be listening to my speech? Gayleen Pease!!

Gayleen, and Lizzie, were outside Abbey Road in February 1968, with some other fans, when Paul came out to see if anyone could sing. Gayleen and Lizzie said yes, and were invited into the studio to sing backing vocals on ‘Across the Universe’.

Gayleen was there today with many of the original ‘Apple Scruffs’ – who were having there annual reunion. The fans got the name because they were always outside 3 Savile Row, the Beatles Apple HQ, and were apparently scruffy in appearance, as they were pretty much camped on the doorstep. George Harrison wrote the song ‘Apple Scruffs’ about them.

While I was chatting to the Apple Scruffs, Ronan Keating went into Abbey Road Studios. Much work was being done too for what looked like a big event at the Studios, maybe for the 50th anniversary of Sgt Pepper tomorrow?

You never know who you might see on a London Beatles Walk http://www.beatlesinlondon.com