Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Haworth Takes Them Seriously

 August 27-30, 1963

Don Haworth is a distinguished radio writer and producer in the second half of the 20th century.  During this week, he produces a BBC television documentary on the Mersey Sound, which has been sweeping the UK.  It is the first time that  the band is treated as a subject for serious consideration as part of a social phenomenon.  They do the shooting in and around Liverpool in the midst of a six day run, two houses a night, in Southport, Manchester.  Their play list:
  Roll Over Beethoven
  Thank You, Girl
  A Taste of Honey
  She Loves You
  Baby, It's You
  From Me to You
  I Saw Her Standing There and
  Twist and Shout (the perennial barn-burner)

Haworth footage

This scene, which you may have seen before, was filmed for the documentary to illustrate the rabid dedication of the fans. George to the rescue! (Obviously, the soundtrack was added later.)

The show will be broadcast in the UK on October 9.  This documentary will also become very important to the Beatles' story as later, some of the footage will be sold to the Jack Paar Show and used on American TV (November 16) just days before another seminal event, the assassination of an American President.

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