BBC Local Radio remembers The Beatles
In a tribute to The Beatles’ first top-20 hit, Love Me Do which was released on 5 October 1962, all 39 BBC Local Radio stations are holding their own My Beatles Story day on the same day, 50 years later, when every station will broadcast listeners’ memories of the Fab Four.
The BBC has also commissioned a Local Radio survey in which 12,000 people across the UK are being asked to pick their favourite Beatles track. Each station will announce the local results on 5 October.
In their early days, The Beatles toured extensively and were seen by vast crowds as their popularity rocketed, and it is hoped that the My Beatles Story day will jog some great memories from across the nation. BBC local radio is asking audiences not only if they saw any of the early gigs, but also whether they ever saw a fresh-faced young Paul McCartney out and about, or if they might have served John, George or Ringo in a pub or shop, or given them a lift in a taxi. It is hoped everyone’s memories will come flooding back for a golden day of Beatles nostalgia.
Other features in the BBC’s Beatles Season include a documentary exploring why Liverpool was the birthplace of a musical phenomenon; a Guide To The Beatles and The Casbah Club – an exploration of the story of the famous Liverpool club, presented by Pete Best, the original Beatles drummer who was replaced by Ringo Starr.