According to BBC News, the earliest known full recording of The Beatles playing a live show in the UK has been found almost exactly 60 years after it was made.
The recording is in the form of an hour-long quarter-inch tape recording created by John Bloomfield at Stowe boarding school in Buckinghamshire on April 4, 1963, when the Fab Four performed there.
As, NME, adds, Bloomfield, who is now 75 years old, was only 15 at the time. He revealed the existence of the tape when journalist Samira Ahmed visited Stowe to make a special program for BBC Radio 4’s Front Row to mark the gig’s 60th anniversary.
“It was a unique Beatles gig, performed in front of an almost entirely male audience,” Ahmed wrote of the discovery. “And crucially, despite loud cheers and some screaming, the tape is not drowned out by the audience reaction.”
The setlist was made up of songs from The Beatles’ debut album Please Please Me, which had been released on March 22, 1963, as well as some of the legendary group’s R&B cover versions.