Beatles recording discovered in desk drawer after 50 years

Yogi Ogi

Yogi Ogi

2015-10-02 10:25:54

A 1962 recording of The Beatles which spent more than 50 years in a desk drawer is heading to auction in Liverpool next month.

Dating from 1962, the tape features the Fab Four singing 'Some Other Guy' at the Cavern Club and was recorded by Granada Television sound engineer Gordon Butler.

The band had originally been filmed performing the song on August 22, for the Granada TV show Know the North, but the sound quality was deemed too poor and out of sync.

The performance had come just a week after original drummer Pete Best had been replaced with Ringo Starr, and at least one local fan could be heard shouting "We want Pete" at the end of the song.

Butler was sent back to the club a couple of weeks later to re-record the song so the film footage could be overdubbed. Using three microphones, he captured the performance so well that Brian Epstein asked Butler to make five acetate copies he could use to promote the band.

Butler then gave the tape to TV producer Johnnie Hamp, but the proposed show quickly ran into trouble. The crew had also filmed a local traditional brass band for inclusion, but the musicians then demanded to be paid union rates for their performance – all fifty of them.

The increasing costs led the show to be scrapped, and the Beatles tape then spent the next five decades in Hamp's desk drawer until being recently rediscovered. Remarkably, the recording sounds as clear as ever, and Hamp is now set to auction it off, with all proceeds to be donated to charity.

Although the recording does not yet have an estimated price, one of Epstein's five acetates taken from the tape back in 1962 did sell at Christies in 1993 for £15,000.

The Adam Partridge Antiques & Collectors’ Items Auction with Rock & Pop Memorabilia takes place in Liverpool on Wednesday November 4.

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