The iconic drummer returns 54 years
to the day where The 
Beatles made their
national debut on BBC Radio and t
he moment
British Public first heard the name 'Beatles'


From the BBC Playhouse Theatre, Hulme, Mandchester 15.


Report below...


Pete Best's return to the former BBC Playhouse Theatre in
Hulme brought 
an added surprise guest in the guise of
Mark Lewisohn, the worlds leading Beatle authority and
bestselling author who arrived to examine the Grade II
building for himself as part of his own research, proof indeed
that this day was of major significance for Beatle fans.

Mark was happy to be interviewed and chat
about a very important BBC log book connected
with The Beatles Playhouse debut...

This was the original log book for the day the
Beatle's made their radio debut handed
to Mark by its owner and the producer
behind this historic moment in pop Peter Pilbeam.
It revealed the group's song choices included
Dream Baby and Please Mr Postman.
Mark keen to point out that this may have
been the first time a Motown song had ever been heard
on UK wireless which is an amazing fact in itself!

"It was with great delight to have Peter Pilbeam present
to share his memories of The Beatles giving an amazing
insight into the process of recording and broadcasting
those radio 'pop' shows back in the early 60's.
The audience showed their appreciation as this was a
rare appearance with his autograph much in demand!
Peter Pilbeam we can't thank you enough."
Paul Wilde

"Also present was Pete Maclaine, the first Manchester Beat
artist to perform at the Cavern in 1962 and a regular
at the Playhouse. He recalled fans would congregate on the
balcony above the stalls screaming and shouting during
the recording of BBC's 'Teenagers Turn'
His backing group The Dakotas left to
join Billy J Kramer as part of the Brian Epstein stable.
Despite this there's no bitterness and feels this is how
things happened in the world of pop back then!
A great man and still performing today every month at
the Horse and Farrier in Gatley, Cheshire"
Paul Wilde.

Also in attendance was Freda Kelly, the Beatles official
fan club secretary to endorse the occasion along with
Elaine Nash sister of Graham. Both congratulated me
on a great day which was in aid of the buildings
continued restoration that sits quietly tucked away
within a social housing estate in Hulme.

A special thank you also goes to The Threetles who
provided the music treating fans to songs performed
by The Beatles on their debut and so much more!
However, original drummer Pete Best returning to
the stage where he made history as a Beatle topped
the event and took us back to when the group performed
at the Oasis Club on Lloyd St and at the Three Coins,
Fountain Street which incidentally is the birthplace of
Manchester Beat. He didn't hold back either being
frank and honest about life in Hamburg, his sacking
as a Beatle and his appearances at the Playhouse
returning to the same stage 54 years later!

"Maybe one day we can do it all again but for now
I feel honoured to have pulled it together and the
church has gained by the money raised £1800"

"My thanks to all those who contributed and help me
run the day Roy, Brian and Lorraine but especially
Roag Best who manages his brother Pete and runs the
historic Casbah Club in Liverpool."
Paul Wilde

As published in the Manchester Evening News Saturday 18 June 2016

Former BBC Playhouse in 60's...

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