June 6, 2012 is the 50th anniversary of the Beatles first visit to Abbey Road Studios. The group, consisting of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Pete Best, arrived at what was then called EMI Studios on June 6, 1962, for a commercial test (an evaluation of a signed artist). Two days earlier, the band had signed a recording contract with â€śThe Parlophone Company Limited of Hayes in the County of Middlesex.â€ť The group was paid Musicians Union rates for the June 6 session, indicating that the Beatles were in fact EMI recording artists by the time they arrived at Abbey Road.
Engineers attending the session in Studio Two remember the poor shape of the groupâ€™s equipment, particularly Paulâ€™s bass amp, which was deemed unusable due to its rattling and rumbling. Engineers Norman Smith and Ken Townsend improvised and created a bass rig by soldering an input jack to a preamp and combining it with an amp and a large Tannoy speaker taken from Echo Chamber No. 1. A string was tied around Johnâ€™s amplifier to prevent it from rattling. After resolving these problems, the Abbey Road staff was ready to record the group.
Four songs were recorded that day, three Lennon/McCartney originals – Love Me Do, P.S. I Love You, and Ask Me Why and Besame Mucho, which they had heard on a Coasters record.
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