Doors 7.30pm | Tickets £20.50 | Plus Live Q&A | Theatre
Bob Harris & Colin Hall Present ‘The Songs The Beatles Gave Away’
This event includes one interval.
BBC’s Bob Harris alongside author and music journalist, Colin Hall, set out on an intimate speaking tour based around their mutual love and appreciation of The Beatles, including a rare archive from Bob Harris’ collection of interviews with Lennon & McCartney.
By 1963, the pair had written so many songs which simply couldn’t all be accommodated on their own Beatles releases, so it made good artistic and economic sense to be offered to other artists for recording. Luckily, the Merseybeat boom of 1963 & 1964 gave them a tailor-made outlet in artists such as 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: 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 has written two books on The Fab Four and presented a BBC Radio 4 documentary with Alexei Sayle titled ‘The Lennon Visitors’, and, incredibly, Colin was present at the village fete where John was first introduced to Paul!
The two friends. Bob and Colin, have worked on several projects together, including the upcoming film, focusing 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 (Hall) is perhaps the world’s greatest Beatle authority” Bob Harris
“Bob Harris is a straight-up legend” Chris Martin, Coldplay
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