THE MUSIC OF LENNON AND McCARTNEY
1965 GRANADA TV SPECIAL FROM MANCHESTER
In Mid-1965 Granada TV proclaimed they were putting together their biggest-ever show spectacular!
Produced by Johnny Hamp it was a production built around
John Lennon and Paul McCartney as songwriters.
Their works celebrated by a group of international stars in a fifty minute special!
Recorded over two days 1 & 2 November in Granada’s Television Studio 6 in Quay Street, Manchester.
It was eventually screened in B/W across the London area on Thursday 16 December at 9.40pm.
The rest of the UK getting the opportunity to see the spectacular the following night
Friday 17 December 1965 (same time).
Sold for screening around the world it was nominated for the
Golden Rose of Montreux Awards 1966 but failed to win.
The making of was documented in a Beatles fanzine which stated there
were dozens of fabulous-looking models decorating the studio!
In fact these were supplied by the MANCHESTER based Sheelagh Wilson Model Agency Ltd.
The agency location was at Lancaster Buildings, Barton Square, St Ann Street, Manchester 2.
Telephone: BLA 3884-5. Long gone but now not forgotten!
(SEE BELOW JOHN AND PAUL'S RARE AUTOGRAPHS ON MODEL AGENCY NOTEPAPER!)
The eyewitness report went on to reveal:
There are six lively dancers to prance around the set. And the set itself? That’s something else!
It’s an enormous structure made of scaffolding and massive sheets of mirror-surfaced metal.
It fills the entire floor of Granada’s giant studio 6. From ground level it looks like a cross between
some half-constructed futuristic building and something for ‘West Side Story’!
From higher up you could guess it was the interior of some fictional space ship.
JOHNNY HAMP ON SET WITH THE BEATLES...
The international stars arrived on the studio set in batches.
This from their dressing rooms to the various camera calls.
Amongst the first was George Martin who conducted his 25-piece orchestra
through his own version of ‘I Feel Fine’.
The full line up is listed below giving artist and song.
John and Paul introduced the programme and acts between each performance.
George and Ringo's appearances are in The Beatles mimed performances
of their latest single A and B side: Day Tripper and We Can Work It Out.
DID YOU KNOW?
On We Can Work It Out John sits and plays a harmonium.
This instrument was used by Ena Sharples and taken from the set of The Rovers Return.
This is a fictional pub in Britain’s longest running soap opera Coronation Street.
The programme is still being produced at Granada TV studio’s although harmonium and Ena long gone !
HERE'S JOHN AT THE HARMONIUM...!
MORE ON THE SHOW...
The artists mimed to pre-recorded tracks and although they react to an audience
there was not a single one in the studio!
The audience reaction, clapping, etc was over dubbed in post-production.
MORE ON THE SHOW...
Of all artists Peter Sellers hilarious performance of A Hard Day’s Night
in mock-Shakespearean / Laurence Olivier style was pre-taped in London.
During the recording Johnny Hamp received word that French star
Richard Anthony had been hurt in a car crash outside Paris.
Although not life threatening he would be unable to perform.
After frantic phone calls Johnny managed to secure Dick Rivers as substitute.
He was to sing in French instead!
THE PROGRAMME LINE UP:
I Feel Fine – The George Martin Orchestra
World Without Love – Peter & Gordon
I Saw Her Standing There – Lulu
A Hard Day’s Night – Alan Haven & Peter Crombie
She Loves You/I’ll Get You – Fritz Spiegal’s Ensemble (In a classical style)
Day Tripper – The Beatles
END OF PART ONE – Commercial Break
Yesterday – Marianne faithful ( Paul mimes to camera first verse)
She Loves You – Antonio Vargas (Spanish Flamenco style)
Things We Said Today – Dick Rivers
Bad To Me – Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas
It’s For You – Cilla Black
END OF PART TWO - Commercial Break
Ringos’ Theme - The George Martin Orchestra
If I Fell – Henry Mancini (On piano)
And I Love HIM! – Esther Phillips
A Hard Day’s Night – Peter Sellers
We Can Work It Out – The Beatles
DID YOU KNOW?
Various celebrities dropped in during the making of the show.
Jimmy Saville the famous DJ was everywhere larking around and Peter Noone was present having drove Lulu up from London to perform. Also, the Coronation Street cast popped their heads around the doors!
An estimated 20 million watched the show.
It was billed 'the first small screen spectacular' in the UK.
Oh did I mention it was from MANCHESTER once again?!
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