Blur guitarist Graham Coxon, soul singer Joss Stone and Manchester band I Am Kloot have added their names to the list of artists who’ll be re-recording the Beatles’ first album on BBC Radio 2 next month.
They’ll join previously announced acts including the Stereophonics, Mick Hucknall, Gabrielle Aplin and Squeeze’s Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford for Radio 2’s 12 Hours to Please Me event on Monday 11 February.
Over the course of 12 hours, the artists will perform live versions of songs featured on the Beatles’ 1963 debut Please Please Me to celebrate 50 years of the Fab Four.
The Beatles famously recorded the bulk of Please Please Me in one 12-hour studio session at Abbey Road Studio 2, which is also where Radio 2’s event will take place, and the station has set the artists the challenge of matching the Fabs’ productivity.
Gabrielle Aplin will kick things off on the day with her rendition of There’s a Place during Ken Bruce’s show, and the event will culminate with a performance of Twist ‘n’ Shout at 10:30pm during a special extended edition of Jo Whiley’s evening show.
As well as the new performances, 12 Hours to Please Me will also include reminiscences about the early days of the Beatles from people who were there 50 years ago, like engineer Richard Langham and former Beatles press officer Tony Barrow.
Burt Bacharach will weigh in with his thoughts about the band, as will producer Guy Chambers, and Radio 2 has also promised listeners a generous helping of rare Beatles audio from the archives throughout the day.
12 Hours to Please Me is the centrepiece of the BBC’s Golden Age of the Album season – a two week celebration on BBC Four, Radio 2 and 6 Music.