- BBC Radio 2
- Paul Gambaccini, Lee Everett Alkin, Ron O'Quinn, Nicky Horne, Geoff Emerick, Dave Cash and Kenny Everett
The Beatles' iconic 1966 U.S. tour not only propelled the Fab Four to mega-stardom; it also marked the start of one of the most fascinating friendships in entertainment history.
In the 50th anniversary year of those concerts, Paul Gambaccini tells the story of Kenny Everett's friendship with The Beatles - which all started when a little-known pirate radio DJ was invited to tour with the world's biggest band to file reports for Radio London.
The programme will uncover many colourful stories through both little-heard archive of Kenny and members of the band as well as fresh interviews. This includes the tale of how Kenny inspired lyrics to one of the group's most memorable hits - thanks to a twilight stroll on a golf course near John Lennon's Weybridge home.
Also hear how Brian Epstein sailed out to Radio London's boat to personally give Kenny a copy of one of The Beatles' much-hyped new singles so he had the first exclusive radio play. Plus discover how Kenny produced two Beatles records, and became John and Yoko's confidante after the band split.
Contributors include Kenny's former wife Lee Everett Middleton, US DJ and Kenny's roommate on the 1966 Beatles tour Ron O'Quinn, former Capital Radio presenter Nicky Horne and famed Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick.
Also remembering Kenny is former Capital Radio presenter and Kenny's old pirate Radio London partner Dave Cash ('Kenny and Cash'). The interview took place earlier this year, before Dave's untimely death in October.
Paul says: "Kenny Everett was the greatest radio presenter of my lifetime. The Beatles were the greatest group. I hope that when we put them together the result is at least good! I have done several programmes about my old friend Kenny Everett before, but never one taking this angle. This is fascinating. I love to learn, and I have learned about one of my friends and heroes from working on this show."
- First broadcast
- Wednesday 21st December 2016 at 10pm on BBC Radio 2
- Episode length
- 1 hour