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It was 50 years ago today!
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1 January 2012
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Sgt. Pepper said:

Wow! That's crazy. Now 50 years later, their music is still being played all over the world, all the time!

Thanks for sharing! 

And...      Decca turned them down!

 

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Decca's Mike Smith saw them play at the Cavern before the audition. From what I can tell, the label was disappointed with how they sounded in the studio (inexperienced compared with their live show).

George Martin considered recording their debut album live, and even went to Liverpool to see them at the Cavern (they'd already done two singles by then). Obviously he eventually decided to record Please Please Me in the studio in a day, just like the Decca songs (which took just an hour or so).

So you had two label representatives following a broadly similar path, but ending up with the opposite conclusions. I find that quite interesting.

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