Paul McCartney has recorded an exclusive message for BBC Radio 6 Music listeners, revealing the first record he bought, as the station marks what would have been Record Store Day, with Mail Order, tomorrow (Saturday 18 April).
Record Store Day was originally scheduled for tomorrow, but because of the pandemic, organisers have moved it to 20 June.
During 6 Music’s special day tomorrow, the station will be asking listeners what song or album they’d want to receive and will also celebrate the delivery workers and retailers who are continuing to keep music lovers supplied with new music in these challenging times.
Paul McCartney showed his support for the day, with a message to 6 Music listeners, which was played on-air this morning. He said: “Hello music lovers, this is Paul McCartney speaking to you with his voice.
“The song that I would most like to post to the 6 Music listeners is Be-Bop-A-Lula by Gene Vincent.
“Now this is the first record I ever bought when I was a kid, and I saved up my pocket money for months, and then I took the bus down-town to the record shop, and I remember going into the back of the shop and listening to the record and loving it.
“It was just very early days of rock’n’roll, so it was just such a thrill, and then I got back on the bus, went home and played it endlessly, and these memories, of Gene Vincent and The Blue Caps, singing Be-Bop-A-Lula will stay with me forever.
“And of course what happened later was, when we were in The Beatles, we played in Hamburg, and we played alongside Gene Vincent, who was the big American star topping the bill.
“So we used to have drinks with Gene and became really quite friendly with him, and who would have thought the day I walked into that record shop and bought is Be-Bop-A-Lula, that I would one day end up hanging with the man himself.”
Stay home, listen to records.
To mark what would have been Record Store Day, our presenters and a few of our friends, will be sharing gems from their record collection with you this Saturday. Tune in all day with @BBCSounds.