The Beatles' Please Please Me to be re-recorded by stars

The Beatles' Please Please Me to be re-recorded by stars

Mick Hucknall and The Stereophonics are two of the artists re-recording The Beatles' 'Please Please Me' for the album's 50th anniversary.

The Simply Red frontman and the 'Dakota' rockers, along with others, will have just 12 hours to cover the band's debut album at London's iconic Abbey Road studios - where the four original members Ringo Starr, Sir Paul McCartney, George Harrison and John Lennon originally created the record in a single session.

The event will take place on February 11 and is set to be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2.

As well as being heard on the radio, it will also be captured for a BBC Four special called '12 Hours to Please Me' - airing on February 15.

DJs Stuart Maconie and Jo Whiley are hosting the session and will be joined by original members of the first session half a century ago, including The Beatles press officer Tony Barrow and engineer Richard Langham.

The show will take the centerpiece of a two-week celebration series called 'The Golden Age Of The Album', which will take part across BBC Four, Radio 2 and 6 Music.

Controller of BBC Four Richard Klein is excited about what will take place throughout the fortnight, saying: ''I'm thrilled to be celebrating 'The Golden Age Of The Album' across both television and radio.

''We're taking a look behind the scenes of a really exciting moment in popular music history when some of our most iconic albums were recorded, and trying to discover what are the essential ingredients that make an album great.''

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