Radio: three episodes of Pop Go The Beatles

By July 1963 The Beatles were more than used to hard work. What was unusual about this day, however, was that they completed, in under eight hours, 18 songs for three editions of the radio show Pop Go The Beatles.

At the BBC Paris Studio, London, they rehearsed and recorded the songs along with between-song banter. The shows were broadcast on the BBC Light Programme on 6, 13 and 20 August 1963.

Between 3pm and 5.30pm they recorded programme eight in the series. They performed I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You), Crying, Waiting, Hoping, Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!, To Know Her Is To Love Her, The Honeymoon Song and Twist And Shout. The guests on the edition were the Swinging Blue Jeans.

From 6-8.30pm they taped programme nine. Songs recorded were Long Tall Sally, Please Please Me, She Loves You, You Really Got A Hold On Me, I’ll Get You and I Got A Woman. Also appearing on the show were The Hollies.

Programme 10 was recorded between 8.45pm and 10.30pm. The Beatles performed She Loves You, Words Of Love, Glad All Over, I Just Don’t Understand, Devil In Her Heart and Slow Down. They had as their guests Russ Sainty and the Nu-Notes.

When the 10th show was broadcast on 20 August, the version of She Loves You was repeated from the ninth edition.

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