GRANADA'S ROLE IN THE BEATLE'S STORY!
Granada TV is the television production company that broadcasts across the North West of England.
It's output contains regional programming such as news and documentaries.
The Beatles earliest TV appearances were in such programmes.
This page is devoted to those regional appearances made on Granada TV.
Granada being the FIRST to record them live in The Cavern, Liverpool for broadcast.
And then follow it with another first from a television studio in Manchester!
FIRST TV BROADCAST PERFORMANCE
The Beatles gained such noterity in 1962 that Granada TV received fan letters asking to see the Fab Four.
In response the Granada office sent a team to see the group in concert at the
Cambridge Hall, Southport on 26 July 1962.
To check on their performance and to see what all the fuss was about?!
In response Granada began to make preperations for The Beatles appearance on the
regional teatime news programme Know The North.
Dick Fontaine, Director would visit The Cavern on 1 August 1962 to check on the location, lighting etc.
This to film The Beatles live in their hometown for broadcast across the North West.
The filming took place at a lunchtime session on 22nd August 1962.
They performed two songs Some Other Guy and Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey.
The drummer was Ringo Starr a week after replacing the sacked Pete Best.
In the footage you can hear a fan shout "We want Pete!"
This is the ONLY existing footage of The Beatles playing live at The Cavern Club.
George Harrison remembered the day in an interview:
"I remember Granada TV cameras coming to The Cavern.
It was really hot and we we're asked to dress up properly.
We had shirts, and ties and little black pullovers.
So we looked quite smart. It was our first television appearance.
It was big-time, a TV company coming to film us and John was into it!"
The conditions were dark and murky and final footage was deemed too poor to broadcast.
The final edit of Some Other Guy survived and was eventually broadcast on Weds 6 November 1963
within the magazine programme Scene at 6.30. (6.30 - 7.00pm)
This was shot on 16mm in B/W and cuts between footage shot seperately of audience and other takes.
The recordings were made by a Gordon Butler from Granada
who we would like to track down if whereabouts known?
Can anyone help?
Johnny Hamp Producer recalls the group were paid £12 for their performance.
He is regarded as the first person to book The Beatles regularly on television.
As such Mr Hamp is an integral part in the Manchester/Beatle story
which will be covered in a page devoted to the ex Granada Exec very soon!
FIRST BEATLES BROADCAST FROM A STUDIO
People and Places
Granada TV, Quay Street, Manchester.
Weds 17 October 1962.
6.35 - 7.00pm
Earning £35 for their appearance The Beatles performed Some Other Guy and Love Me Do
in this their very first transmission!
Unfortunately, the performance does not exist as it was wiped from the vaults by Granada TV.
DID YOU KNOW ...?
This performance was sandwiched between two engagements same day at The Cavern Club.
So the lads did not let up and were on a mission!
AND HERE'S SOMETHING SPECIAL...!
MRS BEST MOTHER OF PETE BELIEVED SO MUCH IN THE GROUP SHE WROTE TO GRANADA
IN AN ATTEMPT TO SECURE THEM A TELEVISION APPEARANCE. THIS FROM 1961.
FOR DETAILS CHECK OUT THE DVD 'PETE BEST OF THE BEATLES' TO GET A SENSE OF
WHAT A SPECIAL LADY SHE WAS. IT'S ALSO A SUPERB ADDITION TO ANY BEATLE COLLECTION - ED
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