Radio: Side By Side

The Beatles recorded two shows for the radio series Side By Side, to be broadcast on the BBC Light Programme service.

The shows were taped at the BBC’s Piccadilly Studios in London, and the presenter was John Dunn.

The format of the show was that each week the house band, The Karl Denver Trio, invited a guest act to perform. Both acts normally performed the theme tune together.

For the first show The Beatles additionally sang ‘I Saw Her Standing There’, ‘Do You Want To Know A Secret’, ‘Baby It’s You’, Please Please, Me, ‘From Me To You’ and ‘Misery’.

For the second show their songs were: From Me To You, ‘Long Tall Sally’, ‘A Taste Of Honey’, ‘Chains’, ‘Thank You Girl’ and ‘Boys’.

Including the rehearsals, the radio sessions took place from 2.30-5.30pm and 6.30-10.30pm. The first show was broadcast from 5pm on 22 April 1963, and the second one at the same time on 13 May.

Last updated: 28 March 2010
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