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Beatles 50th Blog posts of '1963' 'September'

The Beatles - A Day in The Life : Monday, September 30 1963

The Beatles were still away on holidays when a 10:00am-1:15pm editing, overdubbing and mixing session took place this day in Studio Two at Abbey Road. "Little Child" and "Hold Me Tight" were edited, George Martin recorded additional keyboard passages for "Money (That's What I Want)" and "I Wanna Be Your Man", and then "All I've Got To Do", "Don't Bother Me", "Little Child", "Hold Me Tight" and "Not A Second Time" were mixed into Mono.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life : Monday, September 16, to Monday, September 30 1963

The Beatles are on VACATION!

The Beatles - A Day in The Life : Sunday, September 15, 1963

Royal Albert Hall, London

The Beatles headed this afternoon show, the annual "Great Pop Prom" promoted by Valentine, Marilyn and Roxy magazines in aid of the Printers' Pension Corporation. Eleven other acts appeared, including the Rolling Stones, DJ Alan Freeman was the compere.

On September 16th, the Beatles took off for holidays, John and his wife Cynthia traveled to Paris, where they were joined by Brian Epstein, George, with his brother Peter, visited his sister Louise in the USA, who had emigrated to Benton, Illinois in 1954, and Paul and Ringo went to Greece.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life : Saturday, September 14, 1963

The Beatles - (Victory) Memorial Hall, Northwich

The Beatles - A Day in The Life : Friday, September 13, 1963

Public Hall, Preston

After this show, Paul drove 25 miles to the Imperial Ballroom in Nelson, arriving just after midnight, to appear on a panel judging the "Imperial Miss 1963" contest, part of the annual "Young Ones" Ball, sponsored by the local newspaper - the "Nelson Leader".

The Beatles - A Day in The Life : Thursday, September 12, 1963

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

On July 5th, Brian Epstein verbally agreed to the group undertaking a June 1964 concert tour of Australia, and on December 2nd the contract was formally signed. Now though, to satisfy demands from Australian radio, the group recorded four messages for broadcast there, three addressed directly to Bob Rogers (a DJ at the Sydney station 2SM) and one "open-message", to be used by any station. These semi-scripted, semi-spontaneous lines consisted of typically witty Beatles chatter and were the first of a number of speech items the group taped at EMI over the years.

The recordings were made between 2:30 and 6:30 pm along with ten takes of a re-make of "Hold Me Tight", first attempted for "Please Please Me" on February 11th, but completed more successfully this time around.

Between 7:00 and 11:30 pm, which meant running 90 minutes over the blocked time of 10:00, the Beatles set about another re-make, of George's Don't Bother Me", with ten takes needed to complete the recording, and then resumed work on two songs began the previous day, taping 16 more takes of "Little Child" and six more of "I Wanna Be Your Man".

The Beatles - A Day in The Life : Wednesday, September 11, 1963

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

Back to EMI for more work on the second album, to be released as "With The Beatles". From 2:30 to 6:00 pm the group recorded three new Lennon-McCartney numbers: one take of "I Wanna Be Your Man", Ringo's vocal vehicle on the album (the previous day, John and Paul had also given it to the Rolling Stones, they taped their version on October 7th, released it on November 1st and it was their first top 20 hit within a month), two takes of "Little Child" and 15 takes of "All I've Got To Do".

In the evening session, 7:00 to 10:15 pm, nine takes were recorded of another Lennon-McCartney song, "Not A Second Time", and the first seven of "Don't Bother Me", George Harrison's debut as a composer.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life : Tuesday, September 10, 1963

The Beatles had a day off.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life : Monday, September 9, 1963

The Beatles had a day off.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life : Sunday, September 8, 1963

The Beatles - ABC Theatre, Blackpool