If you’re a Beatles fan or even a fan of music history, then the news we have for you here is nothing short of astonishing.
A clip of The Beatles performing on the UK show Top Of The Pops that was once thought lost has been found, in all places, Mexico…
Small in size but of huge significance, the silent 11-second clip is said to be the only surviving footage of the band miming their classic track: ‘Paperback Writer’ onTop Of The Pops in 1966, finding the clip is massive as the BBC did not keep the tapes at the time.
So where did the footage come from? It just so happens that a family based in Liverpool were filming the footage from a television on an 8mm camera.
This footage was then found by a collector in Mexico who handed it over to missing TV footage specialists Kaleidoscope in Birmingham, in the U.K.
Kaleidoscope’s Chris Perry told the BBC“I think if you’re a Beatles fans, it’s the holy grail,” adding: “People thought it was gone forever because videotape wasn’t kept in 1966. To find it all these years later was stunning.”
While the band pre-recorded a number of performances for Top Of The Pops, this was their only live appearance.
In 2000 a BBC spokesperson said: “We don’t know whether or not this particular piece of Top of the Pops history has disappeared forever, but unfortunately there was a time when BBC programmes were not archived as carefully as they are today and some programmes were sadly lost.”
Check out this wonderful clip of The Beatles in rehearsal at the Top Of The Pops studios in 1966 below: