Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Harry and Billy Zombie

July, 1964 saw The Beatles carrying out sporadic media appearances: they taped sessions for BBC Radio's Top Gear on the 14th and From Us To You on the 17th. On the 19th, they appeared live on ITV's Blackpool Night Out, appearing in a sketch and performing five songs.

On the 23rd, they appeared at the London Palladium's Night Of A Hundred Stars, participating in an aerial ballet, and playing a standard set of rock numbers.

Two nights later, George Harrison put in a live appearance on the panel of BBC-TV's Juke Box Jury, reviewing records by The Naturals, The Fourmost, Sounds Incorporated, The Crystals, and The Zombies, among others. After the broadcast, another episode of Juke Box Jury was taped for airing the following week. This time, Ringo Starr was a panelist, rating discs from the Dave Clark Five, Chad & Jeremy, Cilla Black, Sammy Davis Jr., and more. Sadly, the surviving audio recording of Ringo's appearance is nearly indecipherable.

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