Sorry Boys You Failed The Audition by Ray Connolly
summer of 1962 the Beatles auditioned for producer George Martin at
Parlophone Records. Having been rejected by every other record company,
it was their last chance to get a recording contract. As the world soon
found out, they passed the audition.
But what if they'd been turned
down? Seen through the eyes of Freda, their teenage Liverpool fan club
secretary, this is an affectionate comedy drama about what might have
happened to the Beatles if George Martin had said, 'No'.
Producer/Director Gary Brown
Connolly is a celebrated journalist and author. He is perhaps best
known for writing the screenplays for the films 'That'll Be the Day' and
the sequel 'Stardust' for which he won a Writers Guild of Great Britain
best screenplay award, and for his many interviews with the Beatles. He
was due to interview John Lennon on the day the ex-Beatle was murdered,
an event he wrote about in the BBC radio play 'Unimaginable'. In
addition to the biography John Lennon 1940-1980, he wrote the
introduction to The Beatles Complete songbook.
Wednesday, 18 December 2013
Wednesday, 11 December 2013
Months before John Lennon's life was ended, he spent the summer of 1980 living in Bermuda. Lennon was an enthusiastic yachtsman and sailed through a gale to reach Bermuda where he took a rental at a beautiful waterside residence in Fairyland, one of the island's oldest neighbourhoods.
While there, he composed many songs and the imagery of Bermuda can be heard in a number of tracks on his final two albums. John McCarthy hears from those who met him and discovers how he got to grips with his creative energy once more.
We hear from Captain Hank Halsted and crewmember Tyler Coney about life on Megan Jaye, the boat which took Lennon to Bermuda, his demeanour and his sailing skills. We also hear from Donna Bennett who rented Lennon his Bermuda residence and visited the singer on a number of occasions to make sure all was well.
While on the island, John Lennon posed for a painting by New York artist Nancy Gosnell and she recalls what it was like having the ex-Beatle relaxed and ease before her canvas. The finished painting now sits above Lennon's piano in New York, enjoyed by Yoko Ono.
Last year a memorial to Lennon was unveiled at the Botanical Gardens. The centrepiece is a sculpture by Bermuda artist Graham Foster. He explains more about the thinking behind it and the Lennon Peace Concert, now an annual musical event in Bermuda.
Tuesday, 10 December 2013
The complete 3 hour radio show.
In this revealing interview, Sir Paul told Classic FM about his new
ballet - from its inception, right through to the choreography.
We also hear about his upcoming projects and touch on
the legacy of the Fab Four.