POP TRAIL & PAUL WILDE PRESENT
"AN AUDIENCE WITH PETE BEST"
Pete Best return to the
former BBC Playhouse Theatre In Hulme, Manchester brought out some
surprise guests and an amazing find. This confirmed what I was trying
to achieve, by opening the doors on a forgotten landmark where pop
history made was something of major significance. Mark Lewisohn
surprised me to reveal it was a building he had been itching to get
into. As the worlds leading Beatle authority and bestselling author I
had given him the opportunity to examine the Grade II listed building
where The Beatles made their historic radio on 8 March 1962.
I'm sure what he found will end up in a book at some point and was pleased to have a lengthy chat on stage where he revealed a BBC log book for the groups historic radio appearance given to him by producer Peter Pilbeam.
An amazing artefact presented by Peter himself and witnessed by the many fans lucky enough to be there last weekend. Detailing the running order and songs performed by The Beatles that included Dream Baby and Please Mr Postman. Mark keen to point out that this may have been the first time a Motown song had been heard on the UK wireless network which is an amazing fact.
Pete Maclaine was kind enough to be present and recalled how fans would congregate on the balcony at the Playhouse screaming and shouting during the recording of 'Tenagers Turn' His backing group The Dakotas leaving him to join up with Billy J Kramer as part of the Brian Epstein stable of artists. Despite this he was not bitter and explained how these things occurred in the world of pop back then!
Also in attendance was Freda Kelly the Beatles official fan club secretary to endorse the occasion along with Elaine Nash sister of Graham. Both of which congratulated me on a great day all in aid of the restoration of the building that sits quietly tucked away in Hulme.
The Threetles provided the music and what a knockout they are treating the fans to songs performed by The Beatles on their debut. Original drummer Pete Best returning to the stage where history made topped the event and recalled how as a Beatle he performed at the likes of the Oasis Club, Lloyd St on 2 February 1962 and at the Three Coins, Fountain Street which incidentally is the birthplace of Manchester Beat. My thanks to all who contributed especially Roag Best who manages Pete and runs the histpric Casbah Club in Liverpool see tours for news of day trip. Paul Wilde.
As published in the Manchester Evening News Saturday 18 June 2016
Former BBC Playhouse in 60's...
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