We knew it was going to be on Radio Luxembourg at something like on a Thursday night. I was in my house in Speke and we all listened in. Come in. Martin, however, had not produced much pop music, though he had done well with some show tunes and comedy recordings, and had also worked with artists such as Shirley Bassey. The Beatles wanted to record their own material, something which was almost unheard of at that time. Martin listened to a tape the Beatles had recorded at Decca, one of several recording labels which had turned down the group.
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And they would have been very popular in Liverpool. Tragically, Epstein died of a an accidental barbiturate sleeping pill-and-achohol combination in August at the age of From left: Ringo, George, John and Paul. Photo: Dezo Hoffmann. Sheet music, "P.
I Love You". The Beatles had used the song as part of their Cavern Club set list and it had become a fan favorite. The tune includes some innovative mixing and interspersing of background vocals. Some accounts credit George Martin with urging that the harmonica be used in the song, while others report that it was the harmonica sound that had attracted Martin to the song, and was already part of how the Beatles had been performing it in the clubs.
Lennon had learned to play the harmonica after his Uncle George gave him one as a young boy. July The Beatles would be on that bill as well, at second billing, a prestigious slot at the time. Brian Epstein, however, did what he could to generate interest, both in the song and on the news that the Beatles had signed with EMI.
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Copyright, Bill Harry. Liverpool was also home to the Beatles manager, Brian Epstein, who owned record stores there. In fact, rumors have persisted over the years that Epstein had bulk- ordered some 10, copies or more of the song to increase its chart ranking. Yet some of the Beatles, including John Lennon, denied that happened. Bill Harry of Mersey Beat also wrote a piece in his paper explaining how chart computations were made and why he found the charge without merit.
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Melody Maker was also an important chart in the U. K, and one of the longest-running. The Record Retailer was the trade publication the U. Lennon and McCartney had besieged Martin to record and release another of their original songs. Martin agreed, and appears to have played an important role in changing the song for the better, as he had them speed up what initially had been a slow ballad.
He later recalled how The Beatles failed to make much of a lasting impact. Visit the Beatles history section. The fact George Martin did not initially attend the session indicates that he did not regard The Beatles as an important priority and it is possible he had arranged the session merely as a favour to Brian Epstein. It was probably for him at best a chance to move away from the novelty recording market into the pop mainstream.
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If it did not work out all he had lost was and hour and a half of studio time. The fact that Norman Smith, the engineer, spotted what was unique about the group and immediately sent for his boss was crucial to what followed. That unique factor was of course the great song writing talents of Lennon and McCartney. Clearly Pete Best was a clunker and he had to go for stylistic reasons amongst other things. The Beatles were too far ahead of their time, even for that loat at Abbey road… history is telling this right now….
Just finished Tune In. Mark Lewisohn says that The Beatles were all unaware of how involved it all was. He has finally got to the bottom of how the Beatles were signed to EMI. Turns out this was not an audition at all — the deal was done before the session was arranged. They got the group signed up in order to bag this, and potentially other copyrights! Lewisohn has nailed it. In my blog Comprehensive Beatles, I already made the case years ago that this was not an audition. The paperwork provided by Lewisohn in Chronicles is sufficient to prove that.
Brian Epstein threatened to stop selling EMI records in his chain of shops if they did not give The Beatles a recording contract. EMI gave them an inexperienced producer, Martin, on a small label, Parlophone.
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This was to appease Epstein. Many people then would buy classical and folk records and records from catalogues. It was not just the latest top 20 records people bought. Pete Best is adamant that this was no artists recording test and if they were not up to it would not be invited back. He said it was the real thing with a record being issued on the market.
The Beatles didn't make a very good impression, apart from visually.
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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.
We actually had to tie string around John Lennon's guitar amplifier to stop the rattling. There were also problems with Pete Best's drums — his cymbals, I believe. But we eventually got everything sorted out and finally we started to record. 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.
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. 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 back, 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? When they left to go home George and I just sat there saying 'Phew!