On this day in music history: January 1, 1962 - The Beatles audition for Decca Records in London. They travel down to the capital from Liverpool for a recording test at Decca’s recording studio in West Hampstead, London. Auditioning for label A&R producer Tony Meehan, the band perform a total of fifteen songs (consisting of numbers from their live stage act) in under an hour. The Beatles are rejected, with London based band The Tremeloes (who audition the same day) being signed instead. Manager Brian Epstein receives a letter from Decca label head Dick Rowe infamously stating that “guitar groups are on their way out, Mr. Epstein”, and “The Beatles have no future in show business.” Six months later, The Beatles audition for and are signed to EMI Records’ Parlophone label by producer George Martin. The bands’ Decca audition are widely bootlegged and traded among fans. Only five of the fifteen songs The Beatles perform at the audition (“Searchin’”, “The Sheik Of Araby”, “Like Dreamers Do” and “Hello Little Girl”) have been officially released so far. They are included on the “Beatles Anthology 1” album in 1995.