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Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Rare Images of Lost Lennon TV Programme

These photographs may just seem to many to be just some snaps of John Lennon on the television, but they are images of a television programme that vanished from the BBC archives over forty years ago!

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Beatles Archivist and Author Keith Badman explains the importance of these images….

"A wonderful find; telesnap images from John's 22 June 1963 appearance on BBC Television's legendary, record judging panel show, Juke Box Jury. The short-sighted Corporation decided to junk all but two of this long-running series, including every Beatles-related one, so this is a real discovery. Each week's guests were expected to be respectable and friendly to each of the new singles they were offering their opinions on, even to ones they didn't particularly like. But not John. Even the latest by his idol Elvis Presley took a battering. On '(You're the) Devil in Disguise', John was heard to say, "I don't like this. And I hate songs with 'walk' and 'talk' in it, you know, those lyrics. She walks, she talks. I don't like that. And I don't like the double beat, doom-cha doom-cha, that bit. It's awful. Poor ol' Elvis." The BBC's 35mm film print of John's appearance vanished from the archives in 1968. 

These photographs are up for sale in our Beatles Auction on 25th August at The Paul McCartney Auditorium at Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts. They are estimated to fetch between £300 and £375.

For more details please contact The Beatles Shop via the contacts section on this page.

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