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Music from the Mersey | The story of pop music in Liverpool

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This collection examines the musical influence of a city that lays claim to more chart-topping hits than any other.

Meet Liverpool's first rock 'n' roll idol, Billy Fury, hear stories from the world-famous Cavern Club and follow the fortunes of the city's musical sons and daughters, including Gerry Marsden, Cilla Black, Pete Wylie and, of course, The Beatles. It's a story of the blues, jazz and good old rock 'n' roll.

Music from the Mersey Collection

The Beatles being interviewed by Dibbs Mather.

Dateline

The Beatles

BROADCAST 1963
15 MINUTES

The Beatles speak candidly about their future prospects.

BBC reporter Peter Woods.

BBC News

An Interview with The Beatles

BROADCAST 1963
1 MINUTE

Can the Beatles achieve a lasting career in show business?

John Lennon.

The Public Ear

The Beatles

RECORDED 1963
17 MINUTES

Fans and friends of The Beatles recall the band's early days.

Cilla Black

News Report

Brian Epstein

BROADCAST c. 1964
16 MINUTES

Brian Epstein talks about managing The Beatles, Cilla Black and other artists.

Paul McCartney.

Saturday Club

The Beatles in New York

BROADCAST 1964
8 MINUTES

'We want the Beatles!' scream fans in New York.

John Lennon.

Saturday Club

The Beatles

BROADCAST 1964
4 MINUTES

Brian Matthew interviews The Beatles on their return from the United States.

Ringo Starr.

Grandstand

The Beatles at London Airport

BROADCAST 1964
15 MINUTES

The Fab Four are back in the UK.

Brian Epstein

Frankly Speaking

Brian Epstein

BROADCAST 1964
28 MINUTES

Beatles manager Brian Epstein speaks about his life.

David Frost.

A Degree of Frost

BROADCAST 1964
5 MINUTES

David Frost invites Paul McCartney for a chat.

George Martin.

George Martin

An Interview

RECORDED c. 1964
5 MINUTES

Record producer George Martin reveals his favourite Beatles track.

John Lennon.

Extract from Beatles Documentary

Pop

BROADCAST c. 1965
2 MINUTES

Should The Beatles have been awarded MBEs?

Ken Dodd

The Singing City

BROADCAST 1965
50 MINUTES

How urban regeneration tore the heart out of the Singing City.

A poster advertising the Merseybeat ball convention.

24 Hours

Mersey Beat Reunion

BROADCAST 1971
11 MINUTES

Bernard Falk reports from a disappointing first annual Mersey Beat convention.

Billy Fury

Billy Fury Interview

RECORDED c. 1973
20 MINUTES

Liverpool's first king of rock discusses his career.

George, Paul and John from The Beatles.

Bob Wooler Interview

BROADCAST 1973
57 MINUTES

The Cavern Club's DJ lifts the lid on The Beatles.

Gerry Marsden singing and playing a guitar, in 1963.

Woman's Hour

Gerry Marsden

BROADCAST 1974
6 MINUTES

Gerry Marsden talks about finding fame and fortune with The Pacemakers.

Writer Eddie Braben.

Nationwide

Eddie Braben on Liverpool

BROADCAST 1979
14 MINUTES

A personal tour of Liverpool in the late 1970s.

Roger McGough

Woman's Hour

Roger McGough

BROADCAST 1981
11 MINUTES

Liverpool poet Roger McGough talks poetry, pop, religion and scaffolding.

The Liver Buildings on Liverpool's waterfront.

Dancing in the Rubble

BROADCAST 1982
44 MINUTES

Mersey Beat is dead: so says Liverpool's new generation of musicians.

Pete Wylie

Collector's Choice

Pete Wylie

BROADCAST c. 1984
25 MINUTES

Pete Wylie selects his favourite records for Kid Jensen.

Holly Johnson.

My Top Ten

Holly Johnson

BROADCAST 1984
33 MINUTES

Frankie Goes to Hollywood singer Holly Johnson picks some favourite tracks

Gary Daly and Eddie Lundon of the band China Crisis.

City to City

Liverpool

BROADCAST 1986
53 MINUTES

A tour of the UK's musical hubs begins with Liverpool.

A sign for the Cavern Club

Gigs That Changed the World

The Beatles

BROADCAST 2005
26 MINUTES

How did a small backstreet jazz club become the most famous music venue in the world?

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