Bob Harris & Colin Hall: ‘The Songs The Beatles Gave Away’





Category: Talk

BBC legend Bob Harris and author/music journalist Colin Hall host an intimate evening based around their mutual love and appreciation of The Beatles.

In particular they tell how Lennon, McCartney, and to a lesser extent Harrison, gifted their tunes to others. 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’, and includes previously unseen footage from Bob’s Old Grey Whistle Test meeting with John Lennon in 1974.

By 1963 Lennon and McCartney had written so many songs they simply couldn’t all be accommodated on just their own Beatles releases, so it made artistic and economic good sense to be offered to other artists for recording.

The Merseybeat boom of 1963 & 1964 gave them a tailor made outlet and among the many recipients of these songs were Cilla Black, Billy J Kramer (who both offer candid insights) Tommy Quickly, and….. lets not forget, The Rolling Stones who were bequeathed ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’, a tune from a teenage McCartney, that was finished in 20 minutes in the studio as The Stones were recording!

‘Whispering’ Bob Harris, OBE has been at the very heart of UK music scene for the best part of 50 years.  He has established a worldwide reputation as one of the most trusted and influential broadcasters of his generation – and is rightly regarded as one of the greats of British contemporary music broadcasting and ‘a national treasure!!’.

Few people have taken as many bands into mainstream consciousness as Bob Harris – from his ground-breaking work in in 1970’s on BBC Radio 1 and the legendary Old Grey Whistle Test TV shows to his current programme Bob Harris Country on BBC Radio 2.

For the past 20 years Colin Hall has been the custodian at John Lennon’s childhood home ‘Mendips’, has written two books on The Fab Four and presented a BBC Radio 4 documentary with Alexei Sayle titled ‘The Lennon Visitors’. Incredibly he was in the audience at the village fete where John was first introduced to Paul!

These 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’.