INTERVIEW WITH THE BEATLES: ABBEY ROAD STUDIO: "WHITE ALBUM" RECORDING SESSION (RADIO)

Summary

This interview with the Beatles was taped at the famed Abbey Road recording studio, where the pop group was developing their new LP, "The Beatles," popularly known as "The White Album." Interviewer Kenny Everett speaks primarily with John Lennon, who is joined by the rest of the group near the end of the interview. The program opens with a song, "Oy Gevalt," by an unidentified group, in a parody of the Beatles' tune, "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da." Lennon repeatedly interrupts the interview with impromptu nonsense songs, mock reponses in silly voices, and improvisational noodling on his guitar. He discusses the following topics, among others: the Beatles' "piecework" method of creating music; the Beatles' trip to India; Ringo's first self-composed album track; and whether the Beatles are intimidated by their own high standards. Paul McCartney then joins Lennon for an extemporaneous goodbye jingle, and George Harrison and Ringo Starr join and perform a truncated, jazzy rendition of "Strawberry Fields Forever." The program concludes with a second parody, "Beatles Come Back," by an unidentified group.

Details

  • NETWORK: BBC (United Kingdom)
  • DATE: July 18, 1968 Thursday
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:20:00
  • COLOR/B&W:
  • CATALOG ID: R89:0069
  • GENRE: Radio - Talk/Interviews
  • SUBJECT HEADING: International Collection - United Kingdom
  • SERIES RUN: BBC (United Kingdom) - Radio, 1968
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CREDITS

    • Kenny Everett … Host
    • The Beatles … Music Group
    • John Lennon … Guest
    • Paul McCartney … Guest
    • George Harrison … Guest
    • Starr, Ringo (See also: Starkey, Richard) … Guest