1 Kings, 17(4:43)
These recordings were given to the Beatlesí chauffeur, Alf Bicknell, by John Lennon while he cleaned out their car. Purportedly stored in a Garage, (thus known as the Garage Tapes,) this reel was part of the Alf Bicknell collection sold at a Sotheby"s auction. Gerry Marsden of Gerry & The Pacemakers fame, John and George record themselves in a hotel room with a portable tape recorder of poor quality sound. Reading psalms from the Bible, "The Lord Is My Shepherd" and "There"s A Green Hill Far Away" are both sung.
"We had a gear time with the recorder for a few weeks ago, when we were with Gerry and the Pacemakers at Weston-Super-Mare. We were in a car and Gerry was wearing a big hat and dark glasses, asking people the way to the local golf course. We got some dead funny replies. Just like "Candid Camera" it was, only in sound!" [George Harrison, New Musical Express.]
22-27 July 1963 - Royal Pier Hotel, Weston-Super-Mare + Brean Down beach
"Visiting from London, Dezo Hoffman spent one of these six days with the Beatles, taking photographs and colour (mute) 8mm home-movies of the group at their hotel and on location on the beach at nearby Brean Down, where they dressed in Victorian bathing-costumes and also went go-karting" [Lewisohn, The Complete Beatles Chronicle, p. 117].
Winn concludes that the day at the beach was on the 27th [Way Beyond Compare, p. 67].
Don't Ever Change
Silent movie footage
Also after these photos, the Beatles returned to the hotel to shoot a series of photos to advertise Ty-Phoo tea. Now dressed in suits, each Beatle is seen attempting to spell out the letters of the product's name, and jumping from a staircase railing [Winn, Way Beyond Compare, p. 68]
Local photographer G.D. Smith Photos
Unknown photographer, published in 2008