One man’s mission to restore The Beatles’ BBC recordings
The Beatles in 1965. Photo courtesy of the Michael Ochs Archive/Corbis
You might be surprised to learn that all of the The Beatles’ BBC performances were not well archived.
In fact, Kevin Howlett, a BBC radio producer and the co-producer of a new Beatles album “On Air: Live at the BBC, Volume Two,” said that they were practically nonexistent.
“I first investigated this material way back at the end 1981 and you could discover all the paperwork related to the Beatles radio programs, what songs they covered, but finding the tapes, that was another matter.”
Howlett recently published a book to accompany the new album, “The Beatles: The BBC Archive” and stopped by the NewsHour to speak with chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown about his work.
On Wednesday’s broadcast of the PBS NewsHour, you can watch the full conversation, but for now, a sneak peak: below are some images from Howlett’s book along with quotes from the interview.
The Beatles performing for their 15 part series broadcast called “Pop Go The Beatles” in 1963. Photo courtesy of Getty Images
In February 1964, The Beatles jumped in the ring with Mohammed Ali. Photo courtesy of Getty Images
will go out on air like that.’”
The Beatles shake hands with the host of the Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964. Photo courtesy RB/Staff
In October 1965, The Beats pose with their MBE, or Members of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, medals. Photo by Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Getty Images
The Beatles performed for their “Top of the Pop” live appearance in June 1966. Photo by Redferns