Friday, January 2, 2009

January 1, 1962: The Beatles' Decca Audition

The Beatles (with Pete Best still the drummer) auditioned for Decca Records on January 1, 1962. Decca refused to sign the group. Brian Epstein had promised to get his group a recording contract, but several other companies also declined to sign the Beatles until George Martin at Parlophone believed he saw promise in the group. Sometimes, initial rejection isn’t such a bad thing. Without Martin’s guidance, the Beatles’ destiny may have been quite different. The set list for the audition with Decca was as follows:

Like Dreamers Do
Till There Was You
To Know Her Is to Love Her
The Sheik of Araby
Take Good Care of My Baby
Memphis, Tennessee
Sure to Fall
Three Cool Cats
Hello Little Girl
Crying, Waiting, Hoping
Besame Mucho

Many of these tracks may be heard on Beatles Live at the BBC.

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