Submitted by ub on Sun, 02/10/2013 - 08:38

There's no denying The Beatles have captured the curiosity of multiple generations worldwide, but have you ever considered how many songs they wrote and how many hits the group gave away to other to bands? The fab four wrote for Peter and Gordon, Herman's Hermits and The Rolling Stones.

On this 50th anniversary of The Beatles, YEAH! YEAH! YEAH! Deconstructing The Early Beatles at the renovated Picture House in Pelham, Beatles expert Scott Freiman offered another of his Beatles "deconstructions", tracing the birth of the Beatles from Liverpool to Hamburg.

Please please me and the first Beatle album cost £400, it took less than 13 hours to record and wound up changing pop music all over the world for ever. This album was a recording of the band's live show with a few covers thrown in to bulk out the number of songs. Their producer, George Martin, who has often been referred to as the "Fifth Beatle", initially considered recording it at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, where the band played hundreds of gigs, but decided the acoustics were inadequate. He opted for the north London studio instead. This album remained at the top of the music charts for 30 weeks and was only knocked off the top spot by the band's second album, With the Beatles.

The journey continued from their initial recording sessions at EMI for "Love Me Do" through their first several groundbreaking singles, including "She Loves You", and "I Want To Hold Your Hand".

Local area attendees like Mary from Pelham told us it was fascinating to learn what it was like to work on a hit record, back in 1962 and listen as the Beatles' songwriting skills developed.

The lecture also offered a rare opportunity to watch and listen to some of the Beatles' earliest live appearances.