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It has languished in a loft for more than half a century but this slice of pop history is set to raise a fortune when it goes under the hammer next month.

Because when it comes to old Beatles records the 1962 10-inch record of Till There was You and Hello Little Girl is considered the ‘Holy Grail’ for collectors.

The 78rpm record was the first Beatles disc to be cut before the band broke into the music charts in late 1962.

Pressed at the HMV store in Oxford Street, London, it was presented to future Beatles producer George Martin at the EMI record label in a bid to secure the band a recording contract.

Despite Martin’s initial scepticism over the band, he offered the outfit from Liverpool a recording contract – and the rest is history.

The unique acetate record is one of a kind and is owned by Les Maguire, the keyboardist in fellow Liverpool act Gerry and the Pacemakers.

Maguire, 74, of Formby, Merseyside, was given the disc after it had been returned to the Beatles manager Brian Epstein by George Martin.

What makes it extra special is that it bears Epstein’s handwriting as he wrote ‘Til (sic) There was You’ and then attributed the song to ‘Paul McCartney & The Beatles.’

On the flip side he misspells ‘Hello Little Girl’ as ‘Hullo Little Girl’ and records the track as being the work of ‘John Lennon & The Beatles.’

Although it has been given a conservative auction estimate of £10,000 it is expected to go for far more when Beatles collectors hear about it.

Maguire said: ‘I’ve never been a big fan of memorabilia, but people seem to like it. It’s no good to me so I’ve given it to my granddaughter, who is hoping to buy a house after passing her accountancy exams. I hope it goes for a good price.’

Ian Shirley, Record Collector Rare Record Price Guide editor, said: ‘This is one of those Holy Grail items, like the original Quarrymen acetate that the band recorded themselves.

‘This acetate is a unique item that, in many respects, helped Brain Epstein to start the ball rolling to musical world domination. It will fascinate Beatles collectors worldwide and no doubt attract bids from those with deep pockets.’

Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn said in his book, Tune In, the uniqueness of the disc is ‘enhanced by Brian Epstein’s handwriting on the labels, and the recognition of what it led to.’

Earlier this week, a lock of John Lennon’s hair that was cut as he prepared to appear in a film sold for £24,000 at an auction in Dallas.

Other items sold at auction include a photograph signed by all four Beatles which fetched £30,000 and a sealed copy of the band’s ‘butcher’ cover for the ‘Yesterday and Today’ album went for £87,000.

Beatles memorabilia has remained some of the most sought-after and last year a Gibson acoustic guitar belonging to John Lennon sold for £1.7 million.

But for record collectors the earliest records of the Beatles are the prize – the number one being The Quarrymen That’ll Be The Day/In Spite of All the Danger, a 1958 acetate which is valued at £200,000

In July 1958, a young Paul McCartney visited a recording studio for the first time with The Quarrymen. The five-piece – John Lennon, George Harrison, John ‘Duff’ Lowe on piano and Colin Hanlon on drums and Paul McCartney paid either 11 or 17 shillings and 6d for the pressing. The acetate was passed around when the Quarry Men split, and ended up with John ‘Duff’ Lowe.

The sale is to take place at Omega Auctions in Warrington on 22 March and will be broadcast live online for worldwide bidding.


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Through, Heritage Gear is selling one of the Vox UL730 amplifiers George used on the Beatles’ Revolver and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

This was actually one of George Harrison’s UL730s and comes with two provenance documents confirming it was his, It was used in the studio on both Revolver and Sergeant Pepper- it has germanium transistor pre amp and four EL84 valve output stage giving beautiful 30 plus watts.
It was featured on TV around 2011 , has been exhibited in the Beatles Story, Liverpool and several other museums and has also had Bonehead from Oasis playing some Beatles and Oasis tunes through it. One of the photos above shows the amp when it was exhibited in The Beatles Story Liverpool. The amp is now available for $108.725,42. It comes with a choice of two matching speaker cabinets to go with the amp, one of which would be an extra £7000.


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(This version of the story corrects the year of Bernstein’s death to 2013 in the next-to-last paragraph)

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Apple Corps, the company founded by members of The Beatles, on Wednesday won the dismissal of a lawsuit seeking the rights to the master tapes of the band’s celebrated 1965 concert at New York’s Shea Stadium. U.S. District Judge George Daniels in Manhattan said Sid Bernstein Presents LLC, named for the concert’s promoter, failed to show it deserved sole control over the Aug. 15, 1965, footage and deserved damages reflecting its many subsequent uses.

Daniels said the company, which said it had been assigned Bernstein’s rights, could not claim to be the “author” of a copyrightable work even if Bernstein were the driving force behind the sold-out concert because he did not film it.

“The relevant legal question is not the extent to which Bernstein contributed to or financed the 1965 concert; rather, it is the extent to which he ‘provided the impetus for’ and invested in a copyrightable work – e.g., the concert film,” Daniels wrote. “The complaint and relevant contracts clearly refute any such claim by Bernstein.”

Donald Curry, a lawyer for Sid Bernstein Presents, said in an interview his client would review the decision, and that “based on a preliminary review, I believe there are grounds to appeal.”

Lawyers for Apple did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Apple is based in London and has been controlled by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono, and the estate of George Harrison.

Sid Bernstein Presents had filed its lawsuit last September, claiming that Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein had taken custody of the master tapes without permission.

It said footage was later used in many documentaries such as “The Beatles at Shea Stadium” in 1966, “The Beatles Anthology” in 1995, “The Last Play at Shea” in 2010 about Billy Joel’s final concerts there, and the Ron Howard-directed “Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years” in 2016.

Sid Bernstein was a promoter and producer for many other recording artists including Tony Bennett, James Brown, Ella Fitzgerald, Herman’s Hermits and The Rolling Stones. He died in 2013 at the age of 95.

The case is Sid Bernstein Presents LLC v Apple Corps Ltd et al, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 16-07084.


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Fire, evacuation at Miami Beach hotel that hosted Beatles
An electrical fire at a Miami Beach hotel that hosted the Beatles in 1964 sent guests scrambling to find another place to stay. Police and fire crews responded to the oceanfront Deauville Beach Resort early Tuesday. News outlets report that malfunctioning wiring in a temporary unit being used to supplement the building’s air conditioner caught fire.Miami Beach Fire Rescue Capt. Jorge Linares says the fire activated a sprinkler in the electrical room. He said no smoke or fire got into any rooms, but about 150 guests were told to leave the hotel. On Tuesday morning, they were being escorted into the building to get their belongings.It was unclear how extensive the repairs would be or when the hotel would reopen.


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25 July

Performance at the Cavern, with Gerry and the Pacemakers, the Bluegenes, and others.

Test session of Cilla Black for EMI.

Odeon Cinema, Weston-super-Mare








‘A Hard Day’s Night’ LP number 1, replacing ‘Rolling Stones’ LP (UK Record Retailer chart).
Billboard comments that ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ LP has already sold enough copies to cover all the films costs. A record in the subject.

Studio 4. BBC Television Centre, London. George appears on BBC-TV’s ‘Juke Box Jury’. Broadcast live.
Studio 4. BBC Television Centre, London. Ringo films appearance on BBC-TV’s ‘Juke Box Jury’.

Cilla Black begins 3 weeks of performances at the Persian Room, Plaza Hotel, New York.
Epstein flies to New York to attend Cilla’s debut.

Brian writes to Nat Weiss. Subjects: Brian’s father recent death, the Beatles, including their project to buy a Greek island, and his next trip to New York (a trip he never took—it was planned for 2 September 1967).

Studio 2. 7.00pm-3.15am. Recording: ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ (take 1). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Ken Scott; 2nd Engineer: Richard Lush.
Recording of acoustic demo for ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’.

Studio 2. 2.30pm-2.30am. Recording: ‘Here Comes The Sun-King’ (working title of ‘Sun King’/’Mean Mr Mustard’) (overdub onto take 35); ‘Come Together’ (overdub onto take 9); ‘Polythene Pam’/’She Came In Through The Bathroom Window’ (takes 1-39). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick/Phil McDonald; 2nd Engineer: John Kurlander.
10.30pm-2.30am. Re-recording of bass and drums, and recording of lead vocal for ‘Polythene Pam’/’She Came In Through The Bathroom Window’.

‘Live Peace In Toronto’, 29th week in the ranking (Billboard).

Magazine ‘Record World’ publishes that the incorporation of Ono Music Ltd., to publish Yoko’s music, is false.

In Kassel, West Germany, Yoko’s exhibition “Documenta 5” continues.

George pays taxes amounting to £1 million in relation to the concert for Bangla Desh.

Filming of the mockumentary of the Rutles.

At the Sweet Silence Studio, Copenhagen, Denmark. Recording: either of: “On The Rebound”; “She’s So In Love”; “As Far As We Can Go”; “One Way Love Affair”. Producer: Russ Ballard; Engineer: David De Vore.

“Stars On 45 Medley” number 1, 8th week (Canadian RPM magazine).

In London, Paul, George and Ringo are seen together in the bar of the Gore Hotel in Queen’s Gate, Kensington.

New York’s Museum of Broadcasting showcase Beatles achieve clips documentary “The Beatles Early Days” and several other films from the museum’s personal collection, including the “Ed Sullivan Show” appearances and excerpts from their Washington, D.C. concert on February 11, 1964.

Abbey Road’s Number Two studio presents “The Beatles At Abbey Road”, 3 times a day.

Linda’s “Photographs” exhibition is shown at the Barry Stern galleries in Paddington, New South Wales, Australia.

The “Art Of The Beatles” Exhibition, portraying 30 years of the group in the form of cartoons, paintings, photographs, album covers, lithographs and sculptures, continues.

In the UK, CBS/Fox release “Give My Regards To Broad Street” on home video.

Ringo and his All-Starr Band concert at the Poplar Creek Music Theater, Hoffman Estates, Illinois (“North American Tour”).












In London, George and Olivia attend a special screening of the Handmade film “How To Get Ahead In Advertising” at the Lumiere Cinema.

In Foxboro, Massachusetts, Paul and his band take a break in the tour to film additional scenes for the concert movie “Get Back”.

“Instant Karma” number 15 (Dutch Top 40).

Ringo and his All-Starr Band perform at Warwick Musical Theater, Warwick, Rhode Island (“North America Tour”).

George and his son, Dhani, attend the Ravi Shankar performance at the Womad Festival concert in Reading.

Ringo makes a live appearance on the BBC Radio 2 program “The Steve Wright Show”.

Paul’s art exhibition at the Kunstforum Lyz in Hamburg with 75 of his 500 private paintings.

An exhibition by Cynthia Lennon and Phyllis McKenzie at the KDK Gallery in London continues.

The photo exhibition entitled “Linda McCartney’s Sixties” continues at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.


Ringo and his All-Starr Band perform at Mystic Lake Casino, Prior Lake, MN.

Paul’s former wife, Heather Mills, told the press that the trauma and pain she went through after losing her leg in a traffic accident was nothing compared to the way she felt after she and Paul split up.

The exhibit Linda McCartney retrospective is displayed at the Kunst Haus Wien in Vienna, Austria. The new exhibition is the first comprehensive retrospective of Linda McCartney’s work featuring 190 of her iconic photographs.