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The Beatles - The Lost Beatles Interview - April 1964 - BBC Documentary

Sixties star Helen Shapiro presents the story of a lost TV interview with the Beatles that was recorded in April 1964 and recently found languishing in a rusty film can in a garage in South London. Experts say it's the earliest surviving interview where Lennon and McCartney talk about how they met and discuss the song writing process.

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'Lost' Beatles interview goes to air
Posted Wed Jul 2, 2008
Lennon and McCartney talk about how they met at the age of 13 and how they worked together to write songs: the Lost Beatles Interview, found after 44 years in a metal box full of film rolls, lasts nine minutes.
It is believed to have been shot on a tele-cine machine and was unearthed by a film buff in a damp garage in south London after nearly being thrown out.
Recorded on April 30, 1964, at the studios of Scottish Television for a children's program, it is thought to be the earliest surviving long-form British studio interview with the band.
In the interview, the presenters quiz Lennon and McCartney, on one side, and Ringo Starr and George Harrison, on the other, about their burgeoning success.
Lennon and McCartney talk about how they met at the age of 13 and how they worked together to write songs.
"I was playing at a garden fete in the village where I lived just outside Liverpool, playing with a skiffle group," said Lennon.
"And he came along and that's how we met."
"I knew one of his mates, Ivan," said McCartney.
"A mutual mate and he introduced us."
On their songwriting partnership, McCartney added: "Sometimes we write them on old pianos or anything that's lying around, guitars and things.
"Normally we sit down and try and bash one out. Then again, there's no formula. He (Lennon) can come up with one completely finished, but we still say we both wrote it though."


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