BBC Radio 2 presenter 'whispering' Bob Harris and former custodian of John Lennon's childhood home Colin Hall are bringing their Beatles show to Winchester.

The Songs The Beatles Gave Away starring Bob and Colin will play at The Arc in Winchester on July 22.

They will chat about their love of The Beatles and songs which Sir Paul McCartney, John and George Harrison penned for other artists including Cilla Black's top 10 hit Step Inside Love, Peter and Gordon's transatlantic chart-topper A World Without Love and Jackie Lomax's debut single Sour Milk Sea.

Colin said: "First and foremost I hope people will enjoy their evening with us and hopefully discover something new about The Beatles. 

"Our remit is to delve into an often overlooked aspect of the story of the Fab Four. That aspect is, of course, songs John, Paul and George wrote at the time but chose to give to other artists to record rather than record with The Beatles.

"Bob and I not only trade stories people may not have heard before but along the way we call upon eye-witnesses such as Sir Paul himself, Sir George Martin, Cilla Black and George Harrison together with clips from the songs themselves."

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The stage production was inspired by the Bob-hosted BBC Radio 2 documentary which featured interviews conducted by Colin and his latest book.

Bob has interviewed all four members of the Fab Four including putting the questions to John for the cult BBC2 series The Old Grey Whistle Test while Colin has also interviewed Sir Paul.

For nearly 20 years, Colin was custodian of John's childhood home in Liverpool welcoming the likes of Mark Hamill, Debbie Harry and Yoko Ono. His BBC Radio 4 featured book The Songs The Beatles Gave Away, which includes a preface from Bob, was Best of British book of the month earlier this year.

Colin said it is the songs behind The Beatles' phenomenal popularity. 

He said: "I'd say without hesitation it's the music, the songs. They are timeless. The Beatles' music will never grow old.

"It remains forever relevant, a marvellous blend of melody, harmony and lyricism. They are not over-sentimental but speak from the heart to go straight to the core of the human condition.

"They rock, don't preach and touch you with an inescapable honesty and insight. There's a Beatles song for everyone." 

The Songs The Beatles Gave Away takes place at The Arc in Winchester at 8pm on July 22. More details are at