Date: February, 11th 2013

Challenge: to recreate the recording by the Beatles of their “Please Please Me” Album at Abbey Road Studios 50 years ago to the day; to record, in real time, the 11 Tracks recorded by the Beatles in a single day. Each track will be performed by a different Artiste. Tony Crane and Billy Kinsley performed “Boys”.

Other artists performing tracks will include Eurythmics, Mick Hucknall, Paul Jones, Paul Carrack and many more – so Tony and Billy will be in good company. The whole day will be covered ‘Live’ by BBC Radio 2, hosted by Stuart Maconie and will include acclaimed guitarist Graham Coxon, Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford from Squeeze and Manchester’s I Am Kloot join soul sensation Joss Stone, The Stereophonics, Gabrielle Aplin and Mick Hucknall for BBC Radio 2’s ’12 Hours To Please Me’ on Monday 11 February.

Fifty years ago, EMI set the Beatles a challenge: to record their debut album in one studio session. The results – with the already released two singles thrown in for good measure – became the genre-redefining “Please Please Me”.

On Monday 11 February, contemporary artists from across the musical spectrum pay homage to that day, recreating the famous session in the same time frame in the same Abbey Road Studio 2. Each artist will rehearse and then perform live throughout the day on BBC Radio 2, with all the action captured for broadcast in BBC Four’s The Beatles’ “Please Please Me” – Re-making A Classic on Friday 15 February.

Other contributors includes Burt Bacharach speaking live from the US, who wrote “Baby It’s You and”, to give a contemporary perspective, producers including Guy Chambers will visit the session during the day. Rare audio and visual footage from the archives will also help tell the story of the session that shaped a generation.

The project also reunites five musicians who played alongside the Beatles at the Cavern the week before they recorded Please Please Me, for a special one-off performance. Tony Crane and Billy Kinsley of the Merseybeats, Howie Casey – sax player, Howie is a Pre-Beatles Liverpool star and played on some of Paul McCartney’s early hits. Sam Hardie of the Dominoes and Dave Lovelady of the Fourmost will recapture that 1963 Mersey sound performing the song “Boys” before sharing their memories of the Liverpool music scene in the early Sixties.

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