BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 2nd February 2017
Roger McGough tells the story of the pivotal breakthrough year for the newly mop-topped beat combo via the recollections of those who knew and worked alongside them.
The programme will range from their unsuccessful January 1st audition for Decca records through to the recording and release of their breakthrough hit Love Me Do.
A Year In the Life will also reflect upon their crowning in the Merseybeat newspaper as the leading Liverpool group, their first radio broadcasts at the BBC's Manchester studios, the death of original bassist Stu Sutcliffe, their return to Hamburg's Star Club, and the ousting of drummer Pete Best.
Contributors include Bill Harry (the editor of Merseybeat), Klaus Voorman (their close friend from Hamburg and the artist responsible for Revolver's striking sleeve) Pete Best (their original drummer) Joe Brown and Mike Berry (who shared bills with the group shortly before their national fame) Andy White (the studio session drummer who played on 'Love Me Do') and publicist Tony Calder (who promoted their first single).
First broadcast on Radio 2.