The Beatles -- ‘Thatll Be The Day’

Home recording That’ll Be The Day (2.08)

John Lennon: Lead vocal, rhythm guitar; Paul McCartney: Backing vocal, bass guitar; George Harrison: Lead guitar; Piano: John Lowe; Drums: Colin Hanton

This was recorded round Percy Phillips’ house in March ’58. He had a little record-maker in his back-room and charged all the local bands a quid to cut a disc. The ended up doing Buddy Holly’s ‘That’ll Be The Day’ and a Paul McCartney/George Harrison original – ‘In Spite Of All The Danger’.

John Lowe remembered “it was just a shellac demo disc and the more you played it, the worse the quality became. It was just done for a giggle. It was passed around. Anyone who had a friend could borrow it for a couple of days. No one ever asked me to lend it, so it must have come to me after everyone else had had a go. People forgot about it, and it was at the bottom of a linen drawer in my house.”

Paul ended up going through the courts to claim ownership of the disc, and its …

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