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Rejected Beatles audition tape appears at auction

Published on Nov 23, 2012 10:39 PM
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A woman walks past a mural depicting the Beatles wearing bandanas in Central London on Nov 8, 2012. The Beatles audition tape rejected by a record label executive in arguably the biggest blunder in pop history has resurfaced and will go on sale at a London auction next week. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (REUTERS) - The Beatles audition tape rejected by a record label executive in arguably the biggest blunder in pop history has resurfaced and will go on sale at a London auction next week.

Mr Ted Owen of The Fame Bureau, an auction house specialising in pop memorabilia, said the 10-song tape was recorded on New Year's Day, 1962, at label Decca's studios in north London.

Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Pete Best - who would later be replaced on drums by Ringo Starr - performed up to 15 songs at the session, 10 of which appear on the tape to be sold on Nov. 27.

The band members had been driven from Liverpool to London the night before, and, despite getting lost on the way managed to get to the studios in time for the infamous session paid for by their manager Brian Epstein.

 
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