Listen to a lost Beatles demo found in brown envelope after 52 years

Going up for auction, the 1964 demo features Paul McCartney singing a track The Beatles gave to Cilla Black

A newly-discovered Beatles demo has surfaced, featuring the only known version of Paul McCartney singing a single he and John Lennon wrote for Cilla Black.

The Beatles gave ‘It’s For You’ to their friend Black, who had a No 7 hit with the song in 1964.

Black died in August 2015, and her family have found The Beatles’ original demo while going through her belongings. It was stuffed in a brown paper envelope, which had Black’s name and the song title handwritten on the envelope.

Produced by George Martin at Abbey Road, the demo had been known to exist, but was thought to be lost forever. Lasting for two minutes, the 7” acetate test pressing was made by Dick James, who regularly pressed demos on acetate for The Beatles.

Black’s family gave the demo as part of a collection of 21 of her demos to The Beatles Shop in Liverpool.

Shop manager Stephen Bailey told The Liverpool Echo: “As soon as I heard ‘It’s For You’, I thought: ‘Oh God, that’s not Cilla Black, it’s Paul McCartney.’ I was shaking with excitement and speechless. Apart from a few crackles that you get with acetates, the quality is fine. It’s a wonderful recording.”

The demo is expected to sell for £15-£20,000 when it’s auctioned on August 27 by The Beatles Memorabilia Auction, where 20 seconds of the McCartney-sung track can be heard. The auction will be held at Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.