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By Kyle Ritchie

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The Songs The Beatles Gave Away, starring BBC Radio 2 broadcaster Bob Harris and former custodian of John Lennon's childhood home Colin Hall, heads to St Margaret's Braemar in April.

The Old Grey Whistle Test presenter Bob Harris and Colin Hall talk about their love of The Beatles and songs which Sir Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison penned for other artists including Cilla Black's top 10 hit Step Inside Love, Peter and Gordon's transatlantic chart-topper A World Without Love and Jackie Lomax's debut single Sour Milk Sea.

Bob Harris and Colin Hall will talk about The Beatles at St Margaret's Braemar.
Bob Harris and Colin Hall will talk about The Beatles at St Margaret's Braemar.

Colin said: "First and foremost I hope people will enjoy their evening with us and hopefully discover something new about The Beatles.

"Our remit is to delve into an often overlooked aspect of the story of the Fab Four. That aspect is, of course, songs John, Paul and George wrote at the time but chose to give to other artists to record rather than record with The Beatles.

“Bob and I not only trade stories people may not have heard before but along the way we call upon eye-witnesses such as Sir Paul himself, Sir George Martin, Cilla Black and George Harrison together with clips from the songs themselves."

The stage production was inspired by the Bob-hosted BBC Radio 2 documentary which featured interviews conducted by Colin and Colin's latest book of the same name.

Bob has interviewed all four members of the Fab Four including putting the questions to John for cult BBC2 series The Old Grey Whistle Test. Here is his interview with John Lennon.

Colin has also interviewed Sir Paul and for nearly 20 years was custodian of John's childhood home in Liverpool welcoming the likes of Mark Hamill, Debbie Harry and Yoko Ono.

His BBC Radio 4 featured book The Songs The Beatles Gave Away, which includes a preface from Bob, was recently awarded Best of British book of the month.

Bob and Colin have also worked together for Sony-winning BBC Radio 2 programme The Day John Met Paul.

Bob said: "Colin is perhaps the world's greatest Beatle authority."

Chris Martin said: "Bob Harris is a straight-up legend" while Robert Plant remarked: "His excitement and love of music and his infectious enthusiasm to bring his audience the rhyme, reason and sounds of a new world is a work of heart."

The Songs The Beatles Gave Away plays St Margaret’s Braemar at 7:30pm on Friday, April 26. Visit stmargaretsbraemar.org.uk for tickets.

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