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Music's biggest mistake: Turning down the Beatles for The Tremeloes

thebeatles112612_optBY REBECCA SHEEHAN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Attention all music buffs out there. Do you know what is known to be the biggest mistake in music history? If so, according to AFP (Agence France-Press), that same mistake has come to the forefront once again and is up for auction. If you are still left scratching your head, here is a clue. It has to do with a group of four very talented and iconic Brits who knew how to, “Let it Be.”

Record label Decca turned down The Beatles' demo tape recorded on New Year’s Day in 1961. The decision by Dick Rowe to sign The Tremeloes instead has become synonymous as being the biggest mistake in music history – ever. Now, that same demo tape has resurfaced once again and is up for auction, according to AFP.

The demo tape is currently being auctioned in London on Tuesday, Nov. 27, by the Fame Bureau, which is the world’s most renowned auction house for rock and film memorabilia. AFP reports that he tape’s asking price is £30,000 ($48,000, 37,000 Euros). The original master demo tape including "Money (That's What I Want)", "Take Good Care Of My Baby" and "Till There Was You."

"This (tape) has never officially been released. It is unique and the sound quality is crystal clear,” said Fame Bureau managing director Ted Owen to AFP. We have spoken to various experts and this is the best quality recording of this session there is."

As well all know, The Beatles moved on from this rejection and later signed with record label EMI, changing the face of rock forever.

Rowe also rebounded from his music flub and signed rock super-group The Rolling Stones.

 

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