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Bob Harris & Colin Hall : The Songs the Beatles Gave Away

Venue: Coliseum Date: 27 September 2024 Artform: Spoken Word
Bob Harris & Colin Hall : The Songs the Beatles Gave Away

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  • Friday 27 September 2024 Fri 27 Sept 2024 27 Sept 24 8:00pm

Legendary Radio 2 broadcaster Bob Harris and renowned music archivist Colin Hall come together to discuss their mutual love and appreciation of The Beatles, this includes rare archive from Bob Harris’ collection of interviews with Lennon and McCartney.

By 1963 Paul and John had written so many songs that they simply couldn’t all be accommodated on just their own Beatles releases, so it made artistic and economic good sense to offer them to other Merseybeat artists for recording including Cilla Black, Billy J. Kramer and Tommy Quickly.

This is the story behind those songs, the hits, the misses and the demos that the group never released… in essence, the songs the Beatles gave away.

Whispering’ Bob Harris, OBE has been at the very heart of the UK music scene for the best part of fifty years. He has established a worldwide reputation as one of the most trusted and influential broadcasters of his generation–described by Radio Times as “...one of the greats of British contemporary music broadcasting” and by The Mail On Sunday as “a national treasure”.

For the past 20 years Colin Hall has been the custodian at John Lennon’s childhood home ‘Mendips’ (guiding the likes of Bob Dylan, Yoko Ono and James Taylor around the property), he's written two books on The Fab Four and presented a BBC Radio 4 documentary with Alexei Sayle titled ‘The Lennon Visitors’. Colin was incredibly in the audience at the Village Fete where John was first introduced to Paul..!

The two friends have worked on several projects together before including the upcoming film Pre:Fab (which focuses on the band’s early days as The Quarrymen), a WBBC production of ‘The Songs The Beatles Gave Away’ and 2007’s Sony Award winning ‘The Day John Met Paul.’

“Colin is perhaps the world’s greatest Beatle authority.” Bob Harris

“Bob Harris is a straight-up legend.” Chris Martin, Coldplay

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