Bob Harris & Colin Hall | The Songs The Beatles Gave Away


By 1963 Lennon and McCartney had written so many songs they simply couldn’t all be accommodated on just their own Beatles releases. It made artistic and economic good sense to offer them to other artists for recording. The Merseybeat boom of 1963 & 1964 gave them a tailor made outlet, with artists such as Cilla Black, Billy J. Kramer and Tommy Quickly. This is the story behind those songs, the hits, the misses and the demos that the group never released: ‘The Songs The Beatles Gave Away’.

2023 marks 60 years since The Beatles’ first performances in Southampton. Join us for an evening of conversation with the BBC’s Bob Harris and author/music journalist Colin Hall.

‘Whispering’ Bob Harris, OBE has been at the very heart of UK music scene for the best part of fifty years. He has established a worldwide reputation as one of the most trusted and influential broadcasters of his generation. The Radio Times called him ‘…one of the greats of British contemporary music broadcasting’, and ‘a national treasure’ by The Mail on Sunday.

For the past 20 years, Colin Hall has been the custodian at John Lennon’s childhood home, ‘Mendips’. He has guided the likes of Bob Dylan, Yoko Ono and James Taylor around the property. He’s written two books on The Fab Four and presented a BBC Radio 4 documentary with Alexei Sayle titled The Lennon Visitors. Colin was – incredibly – in the audience at the Village Fete where John was first introduced to Paul..!

Colin and Bob have worked on several projects together before. This includes the upcoming film Pre:Fab (which focuses on the band’s early days as The Quarrymen), a WBBC production of The Songs The Beatles Gave Away and 2007’s Sony Award winning The Day John Met Paul.

Colin (Hall) is perhaps the world’s greatest Beatle authority. Bob Harris

IN ADVANCE: £20, Friends £18, students & under 18s £10 
ON THE DAY: £22, Friends £19.80, under 18s & students £11



Under 18£11.00