Views Read Edit View history. Meanwhile Epstein had begun a long and dispiriting trail around the other record companies; they all turned him down. That brings up another thing. Retrieved 22 December According to Rowe, it was actually Mike Smith who gave the Beatles the thumbs-down. After the audition they returned to Liverpool and resumed their usual schedule of playing the clubs, while dreaming of becoming major Decca recording stars.
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The Beatles' Decca audition
Decca Records is usually named as the foolish company. Soon after the Beatles became popular in England, Dick Rowe appeared on Juke Box Jury alongside George Harrison, who reportedly raved to him about his new favourite, an unsigned band. The way economics were in the record business then, if we'd been sure of selling 3, copies, we'd have been forced to record them, whatever sort of group they were. This was a monumental mistake for Decca. Just three original Lennon-McCartney songs were included: Decca was only one of several companies that foolishly decided not to align themselves with the future supergroup as noted in the LIFE article: They were told the same thing