Remembering when the Beatles sang Mikis Theodorakis

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On this day in 1963, legendary English rock band, the Beatles, sang The Honeymoon Song – a piece of music written by Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis.

The Honeymoon Song was initially written by Theodorakis and William Sansom for the 1959 Spanish film, Honeymoon (Luna de Miel). The theme song was performed by Marino Marini and his quartet.

A few years later in 1963, Paul McCartney from the Beatles heard Marini’s performance, liked it and suggested the band record Theodorakis’ song for the BBC radio show Pop Go The Beatles.

The song was recorded at the BBC studios in London, the United Kingdom on July 16, 1963 and featured: McCartney on the vocals and bass, John Lennon and George Harrison on the guitar, and Ringo Starr playing the drums.

The Beatles’ version of the song was later broadcast on the airwaves on August 8 that year and remained on the BBC shelves until November 30, 1994, when it was included on the album ‘The Beatles: Live at the BBC.’

Source: San Simera.

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