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RADIO DOCUMENTARY – BACKGROUND OF THE BEATLES 

 
VOX POP LAYERED CLIPS OF FANS ON THEIR OPINION OF THE BEATLES  
 
TITLE OF THE DOCUMENTARY “BACKGROUND OF THE BEATLES” 
 
MUSIC – FIRST 30 SECONDS OF HARD DAY’S NIGHT BEATLES FILM 
 
 
PRESENTER:  From the Cavern Club in Liverpool to Buckingham Palace, the 
Beatles have number one hits in 35 countries - but lets start 
with the beginning, of how John Lennon, Paul McCartney, 
George Harrison and Ringo Starr came to climb their stairwell 
to success. 
 
PRESENTER:  You’re listening to, ‘Background Of The Beatles’ 
Documentary. 
 
MUSIC BED  
 
PRESENTER:  The Beatles reign began in 1960 and was very different to their 
break-up in 1970. They were innovators of music; with their 
youth and their Liverpudlian charisma, they changed pop 
culture forever. 1957 takes us back to when Lennon was 
performing with his rock group, the Quarrymen at a church 
picnic in Liverpool, where he was introduced to Paul 
McCartney. Impressed by his musical ability on the guitar, 
John later invited McCartney to join the group.  
 
VOX POP OF QUESTIONING FANS 
 
PRESENTER:  After going through several band names from Johnny and the 
Moondogs to the Silver Beetles, and finally the Beatles. In 
1960, Stu Sutcliffe, a close friend of Lennon’s became the 
bassist of the band. This was also the year where the Beatles 
went to Hamburg, expecting to get rich and famous, but 
instead found dirty clubs and long hours. Despite their 
improved knowledge on performing, they never recieved the 
money they were promised and their trip was ended quickly 
when Harrison was deported for being under age. 
 
JINGLE - YOU’RE LISTENING TO CRISTLE SOUND 
 
PRESENTER:  Brian Epstein heard their single My Bonnie and visited The 
Cavern to see the band - by 1962, he was their manager. 
Drummer Pete Best was asked to leave the band and Ringo 
Starr was added just in time for the groups first recording 
session forming the Beatles. 
 
VOX POP INTERVIEW GAME: ‘FINISH THE LYRIC’ 
 
 
PRESENTER: On October 1962, the band broke through the UK charts, with 
their new drummer Ringo Starr, landing their Top 20 with the 
debut single ‘Love Me Do’. This greatly expanded their 
popularity, acquiring the nickname of the ‘Fab Four’ and 
beginning a craze across Britain that have never been seen. 
 
THE BEATLES SONG ‘LOVE ME DO’ 
 
PRESENTER:  A year later ‘She Loves You’ became the biggest selling 
single in British history. The Beatles first European tour is 
where the outbreaks of Beatlemania begun, and after moving 
to London with their manager Brian Epstein, the Fab Four 
required police protection from the constant mobbing from 
screaming fans.  
 
AUDIO CLIP OF SCREAMING FANS 
 
INTERVIEW OF THE BAND 
 
A high point of the group’s career was 1963, where they 
performed ‘Twist and Shout’ at the Royal Command Variety 
Performance before the Queen Mother. It was also the year 
The Beatles conquered America with ‘I Want to Hold Your 
Hand’ which was a number 1 hit. 
 
THE BEATLES SONG ‘TWIST AND SHOUT’ (Live Performance At Royal Variety) 
 
PRESENTER: We’re coming to the end of Background of the Beatles 
documentary part one, if you’ve missed us, you can catch up 
by listening to the podcast on our website. Next week, we 
look into the final years of the Beatles and how their legacy 
lives on today. 
 
PRESENTER: Background of the Beatles, Part One.