To mark the 50th anniversary of the recording of the Beatles’ Please Please Me album, stars like Mick Hucknall and the Stereophonics are gathering today at London’s Abbey Road Studios in an attempt to recreate the recording of the Beatles' debut album. John, Paul, George and Ringo recorded almost all the album in one 12-hour recording session on 11 February 1963. I heard Giles Martin, son of Beatles producer Sir George Martin, and a music producer in his own right, interviewed on the Chris Evans BBC Radio 2 show this morning. While Mick and fellow musicians are taking part in the tribute at Abbey Road where the original recording took place, in a quirk of fate Giles said that he had to find an alternative studio to work in with Sir Paul McCartney today as he couldn’t get in to Abbey Road!

Recordings from today’s Abbey Road tribute are being broadcast on BBC Radio 2 throughout the day in the same order as they appeared on the  original album with “I Saw Her Standing There” first on the play list followed by the LP’s other key hits “Please please me”, “Love Me Do” and Twist and Shout”. The event will also be broadcast in a one-hour special at the end of the week on BBC Four.

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