Music from the Mersey | The story of pop music in Liverpool
CHANNEL | Regional Programme
FIRST BROADCAST | 23 March 1964
DURATION | 28 minutes 26 seconds
Brian Epstein talks openly about his early ambitions to be an actor, his preference for classical music and his fondness for all his clients. We also hear about his qualities as a manager, plans for the first Beatles film and how The Searchers are one of the most interesting new bands around.
Journalist and seasoned broadcaster Bill Grundy was the first person to present The Beatles to television audiences when he introduced their small-screen debut on Granada TV on 17 October, 1962. An appearance by fledgeling punk act The Sex Pistols on the live daytime programme 'Today' in 1976 effectively damaged Bill Grundy's career beyond repair. When Steve Jones and Johnny Rotten swore during their interview, the avuncular Grundy encouraged them to continue, as if to shame them into behaving. Viewers, however, felt that he'd prompted them to swear more. Though he continued to present other programmes, his career never recovered from the 'scandal'.
The Beatles speak candidly about their future prospects.
Can the Beatles achieve a lasting career in show business?
Fans and friends of The Beatles recall the band's early days.
Brian Epstein talks about managing The Beatles, Cilla Black and other artists.
'We want the Beatles!' scream fans in New York.
The Fab Four are back in the UK.
Brian Matthew interviews The Beatles on their return from the United States.
Beatles manager Brian Epstein speaks about his life.
David Frost invites Paul McCartney for a chat.
Record producer George Martin reveals his favourite Beatles track.
Should The Beatles have been awarded MBEs?
How urban regeneration tore the heart out of the Singing City.
Bernard Falk reports from a disappointing first annual Mersey Beat convention.
Liverpool's first king of rock discusses his career.
The Cavern Club's DJ lifts the lid on The Beatles.
Gerry Marsden talks about finding fame and fortune with The Pacemakers.
A personal tour of Liverpool in the late 1970s.
Liverpool poet Roger McGough talks poetry, pop, religion and scaffolding.
Mersey Beat is dead: so says Liverpool's new generation of musicians.
Pete Wylie selects his favourite records for Kid Jensen.
Frankie Goes to Hollywood singer Holly Johnson picks some favourite tracks
A tour of the UK's musical hubs begins with Liverpool.
How did a small backstreet jazz club become the most famous music venue in the world?
Photographs taken during the recording of an episode of the BBC pop music show 'Saturday Club', broadcast on 21 December 1963.
The Beatles at various BBC recordings during the years 1963 to 1965.
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