Yet Epstein goes to work with boundless energy. A tape is rejected by Decca. Epstein and his friends go on 13 February to London in order to convince a manager of HMV (His Master's Voice). HMV offers a service by which individuals have the opportunity to record their music.
The 78 rpm 10 inch acetate disc realized at HMV on Epstein's initiative includes a song on each side. Epstein inscribes in a hurry the titles with two mis-spellings and identifies the authors and the group. Side 1: Hullo Little Girl, John Lennon and The Beatles, Lennon, McCartney. Side 2: Til There Was You, Paul McCartney and The Beatles.
HMV is a trademark of the EMI group. At first reluctant, George Martin accepts the project to which he brings his experience as a producer of music recordings for EMI. There is no compromise on the sound quality and he requires the exclusion of Pete.
This trial disc is unique. It was used as a model in July 1963 for two successive recordings of Hello Little Girl, the first by the Beatles and the second by Gerry and the Pacemakers. Epstein presents the acetate to the Gerry's pianist who kept it in his drawer without playing it for more than half a century.
The disc is estimated £ 10K to 20K for sale by Omega Auctions in Warrington (Cheshire) near Manchester on March 22, lot 214. It is illustrated in the article shared by BBC News. Here is the link to the auction house's website.
Unfortunately, George Martin died the day before yesterday, 8 March 2016. His passing was an opportunity for the press to resurface his key role in the success of the Beatles.
SOLD for £ 66K before fees