Former Beatles Paul McCartney and John Lennon went at each other viciously
in 1971. Macca released the pointed "Too Many People" and "Dear Boy" commentaries on his
Ram LP, both of which were aimed at Lennon. John responded by recording the
scathing "How Do You Sleep?" However as the year came to a close, Lennon was feeling
nostalgic about his old mate.
On January 1, 1962 The Beatles, featuring Pete Best on drums at the time, laid down 15
tracks in a London Studio as an audition for Decca Records. Decca made one of the biggest
mistakes in the history of rock when they later passed on The Beatles. In 1971 Lennon got
a hold of a bootleg containing the music The Beatles recorded on New Year's Day 1962 for
Decca and sent a copy off to Paul and Linda as a holiday gift.
The text of John and Yoko's message on the box of the recording read:
"Happy Xmas! (war is over if you want it.....)
Dear Paul Linda et al. this is THE DECCA AUDITION!!
I found the bootleg not the tape:
They were a good group fancy turning THIS down!
Have a listen to The Beatles's Decca Audition:
[Published on: 12/19/13]