I am astonished this news item does not yet make the rounds as I'd expect it to, but this sounds really, really interesting. The Liverpool Echo has just launched a 10-episode podcast
interviewing people who once worked with or for The Beatles. As some are much less often heard than others I am pretty excited for this. It is rare to hear such dedicated interviews with any of them and people are not getting any younger.
These are the currently known first interviewees:
- Pete Best: Drummer with The Beatles including some first recordings and initial recording company test sessions. Was ditched for Richard Starkey just before recording the first single "Love Me Do".
- Freda Kelly: Reclusive and very modest secretary for manager Brian Epstein. Was initially a regular at their Cavern Club shows and recruited to run their fan club. Only a few years ago she could be convinced to tell her story for the very first time for the wonderful documentary "Good Ol' Freda".
- Rod Davis: School friend of John Lennon, member of his initial Skiffle group The Quarry Men.
- Jon Keats: Owner of The Cavern Club which became the Liverpool home for The Beatles. Here they built their initial audience and loyal fan group.