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January 2, 2012 / jhsaeger

It Was 50 Years Ago Today

    New Year’s Day always marks the start of something exciting, something new, and potentially exciting.    But on January 1, 1962, The Beatles were rejected after their first-ever studio audition.  The first time the band had ever entered a recording studio as The Beatles, the trip to the Decca Records studio indirectly led them to producer George Martin and their unequaled career.
    With Pete Best still behind the drum kit, The Beatles had recently left Hamburg and were hoping to find a record deal.  Instead, they were rejected because guitar music was perceived to be “going on the way out.”  Decca in turn signed less-expensive Tremoloes, who managed a successful career in their own right.  Luckily, Beatles manager Brian Epstein kept the 15-track tape, which eventually found its way to George Martin.  Martin would in turn give the band an audition at EMI in June, where they would cut their first take of “Love Me Do.”  Five songs from this session, “Like Dreamers Do,” “The Sheik of Araby,” “Hello Little Girl,” “Three Cool Cats,” and “Searchin'” made their way onto 1995’s Anthology 1 compilation.
    Thankfully for the rest of us, the Decca exec was proved wrong, as guitar music is still doing quite nicely 50 years later.  One of the four men who failed the audition, Paul McCartney, is still struggling to fill his burgeoning discography.  Here is a clip of the song “My Valentine” from his forthcoming album, which will hit stores in February:

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