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Welcome to Beatles City, the podcast that brings you the story of the band that shook the world from the place where it all began. Join us on a journey along the sandstone-lined streets of John Lennon’s childhood Woolton, into the Kensington living room-turned-recording studio where the Quarrymen cut their first record and down the steep steps into the Cavern’s cellar nightclub. Listen to memories of The Beatles’ early days told in the voices of the people who were there, from members of the Quarrymen to the band’s school friends, and hear from guests with a unique insight into the band. This podcast is brought to you by the Liverpool Echo. Hosts Ellen Kirwin and Laura Davis, produced by Michael Pearson and Matt Aldus

Welcome to Beatles City, the podcast that brings you the story of the band that shook the world from the place where it all began. Join us on a journey along the sandstone-lined streets of John Lennon’s childhood Woolton, into the Kensington living room-turned-recording studio where the Quarrymen cut their first record and down the steep steps into the Cavern’s cellar nightclub. Listen to memories of The Beatles’ early days told in the voices of the people who were there, from members of the Quarrymen to the band’s school friends, and hear from guests with a unique insight into the band. This podcast is brought to you by the Liverpool Echo. Hosts Ellen Kirwin and Laura Davis, produced by Michael Pearson and Matt Aldus
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Welcome to Beatles City, the podcast that brings you the story of the band that shook the world from the place where it all began. Join us on a journey along the sandstone-lined streets of John Lennon’s childhood Woolton, into the Kensington living room-turned-recording studio where the Quarrymen cut their first record and down the steep steps into the Cavern’s cellar nightclub. Listen to memories of The Beatles’ early days told in the voices of the people who were there, from members of the Quarrymen to the band’s school friends, and hear from guests with a unique insight into the band. This podcast is brought to you by the Liverpool Echo. Hosts Ellen Kirwin and Laura Davis, produced by Michael Pearson and Matt Aldus

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Gavin Pring - Emmy-winning George Harrison tribute act

9/2/2019
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Our final guest of this season is the Emmy Award-winning George Harrison tribute artist Gavin Pring. The Liverpool-born musician now lives in America, where he has a huge list of Beatles-related accomplishments to his name. Gavin performed as George six nights a week on the Las Vegas strip for over a decade, won an Emmy with his band mates for The Fab Four's 2012 PBS television special and even performed on the same stage as Paul McCartney during a tribute show held in George Harrison's...

Duration:00:35:52

Strawberry Field

8/26/2019
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When John Lennon wrote Strawberry Fields Forever it was inspired by a real place - a Salvation Army children’s home with a wooded garden where he used to play. In the decades since it was released as a single in 1967, hundreds of thousands of Beatles fans have paid pilgrimage to the site. Next month, they will finally be able to go behind the famous red gates as Strawberry Field opens to the public after a redevelopment. Laura Davis meets the centre’s mission director, Major Kathy...

Duration:00:17:55

Geoff Rhind and Vladislav Ginzburg - Beatles photographers

8/19/2019
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There are certain Beatles photographs that stick in the mind - from the chance snap of The Quarrymen playing together on the day John Lennon met Paul McCartney to Astrid Kirchherr’s carefully posed art images of the band in Hamburg. In this week’s episode presenters Laura Davis and Ellen Kirwin are joined by the man who took that first picture as a boy in Woolton - as well as Astrid Kirchherr’s archivist, Vladislav Ginzburg. For information regarding your data privacy, visit...

Duration:00:33:11

Pete Wylie and Anton Eager - ‘The Beatles Effect’

8/12/2019
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This week we’re looking at ‘The Beatles effect’ on young musicians growing up in Liverpool. What’s it like to know that no matter how successful you become, you will never be the biggest band from your home city? ‘Part-time rock star, full-time legend’ Pete Wylie and Anton Eager of The Cheap Thrills share their experiences with our presenters Laura Davis and Ellen Kirwin. Produced by Michael Pearson For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:48:05

1960s Cavern DJ Billy Butler relives his time with the Beatles

7/29/2019
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Liverpool legend Billy Butler is known across Merseyside for his famous BBC radio show Hold Your Plums but was also known for his time being a DJ in the Cavern during the 1960s. In this episode Laura Davis speaks to the presenter inside the famous Mathew street venue about his time in the club and shares memories of meeting the Beatles for the first time and how he was the one they wanted to impress. Presenters: Laura Davis, Ellen Kirwin Producer: Michael Pearson For information...

Duration:00:22:49

Step inside Paul McCartney's and John Lennon's childhood homes

7/22/2019
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Colin and Sylvia Hall probably know the childhood homes of Paul McCartney and John Lennon better than than their own. In fact they even spent several years living inside Mendips, the house on Menlove Avenue here in Liverpool where John lived with his Aunt Mimi and Uncle George. It's their job, as National Trust custodians, to look after Mendips and 20 Forthlin Road, where Paul McCartney grew up and take visitors on tours of the properties. Join Laura Davis and producer Michael Pearson on...

Duration:01:06:37

Mark Lewisohn - one of the world's leading authorities on The Beatles

7/15/2019
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This week's guest is responsible for piecing together one of the most detailed books in Beatles' history. Dubbed the world's foremost authority on The Beatles, Mark Lewisohn spent 10 years writing and researching his 900-page book Tune In and it's only the first of three volumes he has planned. You can get ahold of Tune In by clicking here. Presenter: Ellen Kirwin Producer: Michael Pearson For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:17:09

Behind the Scenes at a Beatles Auction

7/8/2019
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We eavesdropped as New York-based memorabilia experts Julian’s Auctions spent a day at the Beatles Story here in Liverpool, evaluating the scraps of paper, old photographs and other intriguing finds brought to them for valuation by members of the public. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:35:46

Chas Newby - The man who was a Beatle for two weeks

7/1/2019
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The Fab Four may be one of the many nicknames that fans call The Beatles, but in reality the band had a number of different members before the final, famous line-up. Chas Newby was a Beatle for two weeks, playing twice at the Casbah, once at the Grosvenor Ballroom in Wallasey, and at The Beatles’ famous first appearance at Litherland Town Hall. Ellen Kirwin interviews Chas in the middle of a busy Mathew Street over a pint of beer to discuss his time as part of the 'fab four' For...

Duration:00:25:34

We're back! Danny Boyle, Richard Curtis and Himesh Patel on new Beatles film Yesterday

6/25/2019
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We're back! This is the first episode in our brand new series of Beatles City and this week we start with a special episode. Can you imagine a world where The Beatles never existed? Or, even more bizarrely, one where you suddenly became the only person who had ever heard their music? In the launch episode of series two, screenwriter Richard Curtis and director Danny Boyle are joined by Himesh Patel, star of the new film Yesterday which imagines just that. For information regarding your...

Duration:00:38:36

Sir Paul McCartney

1/13/2019
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Imagine stepping inside your childhood home 50 years after you had last left it - and finding it almost completely unchanged.This was the surreal experience Paul McCartney had when he took part in the now famous Carpool Karaoke episode - YouTube’s most viewed video of 2018 in the UK. He tells us all about it in this exclusive interview. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:30:16

David Bedford

1/7/2019
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This week’s guest is author, David Bedford. Since being diagnosed with a chronic illness, David talks about how his doctor prescribed him the Beatles. David’s research and writing has led to several books including ‘Liddypool’, and his latest challenge was to research and track down the names of every drummer that has ever played with the Beatles, and there are a lot more than you might expect. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:30:09

Inside the mind of Beatles promoter Sid Bernstein

12/31/2018
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This week we meet the woman who was closest to the man who launched the Beatles’ global fame in the USA. Merle Frimark was a close friend and colleague of Sid Bernstein, who booked Fab Four for their legendary show at Shea Stadium in New York in 1965, which was the first concert to be staged in a stadium. Bernstein, who died in 2013 aged 95, promoted the Fab Four's gigs at Carnegie Hall in New York on their first US tour in 1964. For information regarding your data privacy, visit...

Duration:00:31:58

Reliving the moment the Quarrymen cut their first record

12/24/2018
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This week's episode follows on from our trip to Woolton with the Quarrymen and we look back to July 12, 1958, the day John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and John Lowe cut their first record. We speak to Peter Phillips, the grandson of Percy Phillips, the man who owned the Kensington house turned recording studio where history was made in one living room. He also talks about how he continues his family's legacy today and making sure the recording studio lives on. Find out the more...

Duration:00:45:21

Quarrymen take us to the place John and Paul first met

12/17/2018
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Original Quarrymen member Rod Davis takes us to the place where Paul McCartney and John Lennon first met - St Peter's Church in Woolton. He's joined with his brother Bernie Davis and the pair exclusively paint a detailed picture of what life was like in the village of Woolton when John and Paul met. Rod also debunks some widely-speculated myths about the Beatles and how the band came to be including a very interesting story about how there's a mistake on the plaque outside St Peter's...

Duration:00:49:24

Kenneth Womack

12/10/2018
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Beatles Myths. There are so many it's incredibly hard to tell truth from Fiction. This is where Kenneth Womack comes in. He is a world-renowned authority on the Beatles and their enduring cultural influence. He has spent years throughly investigating the history of the band to ensure his many books on them are built on fact. With his latest project involves a two-volume, full-length biography devoted to the Beatles producer Sir George Martin. In this episode he speaks to Ellen Kirwin about...

Duration:00:30:18

Pete Best (Part two)

12/3/2018
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It was one of the most shocking moments in Merseybeat history and a memory that will live with Pete Best for the rest of his life. This is the second part of our intimate interview with former Beatle, as Pete Best relives the heartbreaking moment he was being let go from the band and replaced by Ringo Starr. Also hear him discuss his relationships with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Stuart Sutcliffe. His brother Roag Best also talks in more detail some of the special...

Duration:00:32:40

Inside the Cavern Club

11/26/2018
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Join us in our first episode of Beatles City as we step inside the 'most famous club in the world' - here in the heart of Liverpool. Cavern director Jon Keats takes us on a tour of the music venue that the band played in around 300 times - and where they were discovered by Brian Epstein. Jon busts some Cavern myths, recalls the famous faces that have played there and reveals to co-host Laura Davis why Mathew Street's John Lennon statue has had three different heads. Find out more about...

Duration:00:45:15

Freda Kelly

11/26/2018
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She was known by The Beatles as a honorary family member but for millions of fans she was the person who offered a connection to the band. Freda Kelly was secretary to Brian Epstein and The Beatles but was known by people across the globe as the president of the group’s official fan club. Join co-host Ellen Kirwin in this incredibly intimate podcast as she talks with Freda her life before John. Paul, George and Ringo became famous and how she was there for them throughout their rise to...

Duration:00:45:19

Pete Best (part one)

11/26/2018
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It may be more than half his lifetime ago, but when Pete Best recalls the moment he was sacked by The Beatles his voice still cracks. This is the first part of a deeply personal interview with the former Beatles drummer, who talks us through the incredible experience of seeing John, Paul and George performing together in the Casbah nightclub owned by his mother Mona - and shares what it was really like to be with the group in Hamburg. We speak to the famous 'fifth Beatle' Pete live on...

Duration:00:29:54