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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : June 26, 1964 (Friday)

Town Hall, Moray Place, Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand

Two shows in this 4000 seater town hall. The flight from Auckland to Dunedin had been an anxious one following an anonymous threat that a "germ bomb" had been placed somewhere on board the plane.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : June 25, 1964 (Thursday)

Town Hall, Queen St. Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Four shows over two nights, seen by a total of 10,000 people.

The Beatles attended a civic reception held by Auckland’s mayor Dove-Myer Robinson at the Town Hall, prior to their performances there in the evening.

Mayor Robinson held the event in the face of opposition from a number of city council members. More enthusiastic, though, were the 7,000 fans who gathered outside the Town Hall to see the group rub noses with three Maori girls in native dress.

It was one of the quickest and most pleasant receptions we’ve ever been to. We went out onto a balcony and waved to the crowd, and some Maoris danced for us, and away we went.

The Lord Mayor was very nice and said, ‘I wouldn’t have blamed you if you hadn’t come, with all the fuss they’ve been making round here about how much it’s costing.’

John Lennon, 1964

As on the previous night, The Beatles performed two shows at the Town Hall, each of which was seen by 2,500 fans.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : June 24, 1964 (Wednesday)

Town Hall, Queen St. Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Four shows over two nights, seen by a total of 10,000 people.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : June 23, 1964 (Tuesday)

Town Hall, Cuba St. Wellington, North Island, New Zealand

The Beatles performing two shows tonight.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : June 22, 1964 (Monday)

Town Hall, Cuba St. Wellington, North Island, New Zealand

Four shows in Wellington, two per night, at the 2500 seat Town Hall, kicked off the Beatle's seven day visit to New Zealand, to where they had flown from Sydney on the 21st. His cords recovered from tonsillitis, Ringo resumed his one-vocal-per-concert quota with "Boys" at the first of these Wellington shows, returning the Beatle's performing repertoire to 11 songs.

Meanwhile, George Martin, balance engineer Norman Smith and second engineer/tape op Geoff Emerick spent an exhaustive day undertaking mono and stero mixes of Beatles recordings.

The Beatles Complete Chronicle - ML

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : June 21, 1964 (Sunday)

On this day The Beatles flew from Sydney Airport to Auckland, New Zealand.

As The Beatles prepared to leave Suite 801 of Sydney’s Chevron Hotel, they heard a tap on the windows. It was Peter Roberts, a 20-year-old Liverpudlian living in Australia, who had scaled eight storeys in darkness via the hotel drainpipes.

We were all shoving our dirty rags into a case when I heard a knock on the window. I thought it must have been one of the others mucking around so I didn’t take any notice, but the knocking kept on so I went over to the balcony – and there was this lad who looked just like a typical Liverpool lad. I knew before he opened his mouth where he was from, because nobody else would be climbing up eight floors. This lad – Peter – walked in and said, ‘Hullo dere,’ and I said, ‘Hullo dere,’ and he told me how he’d climbed up the drainpipe, from balcony to balcony. I gave him a drink because he deserved one and then I took him around to see the others, who were quite amazed. They thought I was joking when I told them.   John Lennon, 1964 Anthology

At Sydney Airport The Beatles were greeted by an estimated 10,000 fans – their biggest number yet. After flying 1,500 miles to Auckland they were greeted by another 7,000 people, and were given traditional nose-rubbing kisses from Maori women in native dress.

When we were flying in to New Zealand, it looked like England – like Devon, with cows and sheep. But in those days we were looking for some action, and there was absolutely nothing happening.

We were in the hotel room, sitting around eating fish and chips with peas, and watching television. And suddenly, at about nine o’clock at night, the channels all closed down. So we threw our dinners at the TV. George Harrison, 1964 Anthology

The Beatles were driven to Auckland’s Hotel St George where a further 3,000 fans were waiting for them. They had to be smuggled in through a nearby bottle shop to avoid the crush of people.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : June 20, 1964 (Saturday)

Today, at their Sydney hotel, the Beatles recorded a telephone conversation for broadcast a week later (Saturday, June 27, 5:00 to 6:30 pm) back in Britain on the BBC Light Programme show Roundabout, chatting to the programme's compere Colin Hamilton. The interview was split into three sections for the transmission, totalling five minutes.

Tonight was the last of three nights at the Stadium in Sydney.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : June 19, 1964 (Friday)

The second day of three nights at the Stadium in Sydney.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : June 18, 1964 (Thursday)

Stadium, Rushcutter's Bay, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

The Beatles returned to Sydney from Melbourne for six shows over three nights, with 12,000 fans - the biggest pop concert audience in Sydney at that time, packing into the Stadium on each occasion.

Typically, newsreel cameras were allowed to film a part of one of the Sydney performances. Not especially typical, however, was the production of a stand-alone production from this footage, Beatles at the Stadium, a "Cinesound exclusive!" which opened on June 25th at Wyngard & State Theatrettes in Sydney. Advertisements for the film boasted "Hear them sing excerpts from their five greatest hits, including "She Loves You", "Love Me Do", "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and more! The Beatles didn't perform "Love Me Do" in Sydney nor at any other venue on this tour.

The Beatles Complete Chronicle - Mark Lewisohn

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : June 17, 1964 (Wednesday)

The Beatles’ final two shows in Melbourne, Australia took place on this day.

In the afternoon George Harrison went driving in an MG in the Dandenong Mountains with tour organiser Lloyd Ravenscroft. Concerned with more important matters, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr had their hair cut in their hotel, the Southern Cross.

This was The Beatles’ last of three consecutive nights of shows in the city’s Festival Hall, Each night they gave two concerts, which were enjoyed by a total of 45,000 people.

Cameras from the Australian Channel 9 recorded the sixth and final show of the Melbourne leg of the world tour. It was screened on 1 July 1964 as an hour-long special, The Beatles Sing For Shell, named after the oil company which sponsored the broadcast.

Nine of The Beatles’ Melbourne performances were included in the show: I Saw Her Standing There, You Can’t Do That, All My Loving, She Loves You, Till There Was You, Roll Over Beethoven, Can’t Buy Me Love, Twist And Shout and Long Tall Sally. During Long Tall Sally, a male audience member rushed onto the stage to shake John Lennon’s hand.