Singer Cilla Black — remember her? — had recently been given a weekly TV show on the BBC. The first episode had aired on Tuesday, January 30, with special guest Tom Jones and a theme song written by Paul McCartney:

For the upcoming second episode they’d managed to book an actual Beatle — only Ringo, but still.

Today Ring turned up at the BBC’s Television Rehearsal Rooms in west London for rehearsals, which would continue for the next several days. One of the bits called for him to drink beer as he duetted with Cilla on an old song called “Nellie Dean.” Did he perhaps down a few pints in rehearsal, for verisimilitude? I’m guessing yes.


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