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Who's Laughing Now? The Beatles' Rejected Audition Tape Surfaces After 50 Years

23 November 2012

The Beatles' first audition for Decca Records has emerged 50 years after they were infamously rejected from the label.

Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Pete Best - who was later replaced by Ringo Starr - were four young hopefuls from Liverpool stepped into the Decca Records offices in 1962 with the hope of getting a deal, only to be told that "they had no future in showbusiness", after executives heard a ten-track demo tape during their first auditions.

The rejection by the bosses at the record label has become known as one of the biggest judgement fails in the history of music, with The Beatles going on to become one of the greatest bands of all time. Seeing the band's potential to onto big things, the four-piece were snapped up by EMI just a few months later.

Despite being told they were no good, the band's manager Brian Epstein kept their first audition demo and handed it to an executive associated with EMI.

He reportedly sold it 10 years ago to a known music memorabilia buyer who is now putting the recordings up for auction for an estimate of £30,000.

The tracks on the demo include: 'Money (That’s What I Want)', 'Like Dreamers Do', 'Take Good Care Of My Baby', 'Three Cool Cats', 'Love Of The Loved', 'Memphis' and 'Crying Waiting Hoping'.

Despite the demo being recorded 50 years ago and never being heard in public, the quality is said to be in pristine condition.

In other Beatles news, McCartney recently claimed to have felt "something was suspect" about the late Jimmy Savile, who has been accused of molesting hundreds of young children over 40 years.

According to McCartney, Savile acted strange when the group asked to be invited to his house, something which The Beatles found odd.

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