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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Tuesday, December 4, 1962

Studio Four, Wembley Studios, Wembley Park Drive, Wembley, Middlesex

The Beatles made their London-area television debut with this spot on the children's program Tuesday Rendezvous, transmitted by the the capital's weekday ITV Station, Associated-Rediffusion.

It was a live appearance, broadcast from the company's Wembley Studios, just along the road from the Empire Pool arena where the Beatles would perform in concert on four occasions, 1963-1966. The program went out from 5:00 to 5:55 pm, the Beatles miming to all of "Love Me Do" and 45 seconds of "PS I love You". They also took part in rehearsals, 1:30-5:00 pm.

Among the other acts appearing in this edition of the weekly series, co-hosted, as was Radio Luxembourg's The Friday Spectacular, by the lovely Muriel Young - were guitar virtuoso Bert Weedon, folk singer Wally Whyton (formerly a member of the Vipers Skiffle Group, produced by George Martin) and glove puppets Fred Barker and Ollie Beak.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Monday, December 3, 1962

TWW Television Centre, Bath Rd, Bristol, Somerset

Another ITV appearance, produced by TWW (Television Wales and the West) and seen only in that and other nearby regions.

The program was a weekly pop music show with the very 1960's (and aptly Welsh sounding) title Discs A Gogo, supposedly set - using the original meaning of the word - in "the gayest coffee bar in town". The Beatles appeared on it just this once, miming to "Love Me Do" from TWW Television Centre in this live 7:00-7:30 pm broadcast.

The Monday, July 26, 1965 edition of this series screened the promotional film for "Help!"

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Sunday Dec 2, 1962

Embassy Cinema, Broadway, Peterborough, Northants

This fine piece of Eptstein opportunitism backfired disastrously when the Beatles bombed on this Frank Ifield package bill, and in both the "houses" too. The experience may have been good, but damage to the group's collective ego was extensive. About the only positive aspect of these Peterborough concerts was the Beatles' dressing-room discovery of theatrical make-up, showed to them by genial guitar-player Ted Taylor, leader of the much admired Ted Taylor Four. (The Beatles went on to teach the art of stage make-up to Mick Jagger who used it more liberally than ever before and whose own influence in this area has been widespread. Ted has a lot to answer for.) Ray McFall at the Cavern Club graciously waived his contracted Beatles engagement for this night.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Saturday, December 1, 1962

(Victory) Memorial Hall, Northwich

and Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, Wallasey

The Beatles were added to the New Brighton bill a day before the show in order to boost flagging ticket sales. It meant a hurried journey up from Northwich and a very late-night spot on stage.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Friday, November 30, 1962

Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunch time)

Town Hall, Market St. Earlestown (night)

Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire

The Earlestown engagement, billed as "The Big Beat Show No. 2" was presented by T&T Vicars Sports and Social Club (Football Section)


Mono mixes of "Please Please Me" and "Ask Me Why" for the Beatles' second single were produced this day at Abbey Road by George Martin (session time unknown). The Beatles' themselves weren't present; apart from a few isolated incidences, they only began to attend and participate in mix sessions much later, around 1965/66. The new single was issued by EMI on Friday, January 11, 1963.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Thursday, November 29, 1962

Majestic Ballroom, Birkenhead

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Wednesday, Nov 28th 1962

Night Cavern Club, Liverpool - and 527 Club, Lewis's, Ranelagh Street, Liverpool

Two engagements in one night, the second of which was a "Young Idea Dance", for the staff of Lewis's, the premier department store in Liverpool, held on the top floor of the shop.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Tuesday, November 27, 1962

BBC Paris Studio, Regent Street, London

The Beatles' first radio session in London. It took place at the Corporation's confusingly named "Paris Studio" - situated not in France, but just south of Piccadilly Circus in the heart of the West End.

The recording was for the Light Programme Show, "The Talent Spot", broadcast on Tuesday, December 4th, between 5:00 and 5:29 pm. Rehearsals ran from 4:00 pm and recording before a live studio audience from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Among the other acts appearing on this programme - "who make our guests for today and stars for tomorrow," as Programme host Gary Marshal announced at the start of the show - was Elkie Brooks, who also went on to achieve fame , albeit several years hence.

The Beatles performed three songs on this programme, "Love me do, PS, I Love you, and Twist and Shout".

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Monday, November 26, 1962

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

With the modest success of "Love Me Do", the Beatles were invited to return to EMI to record a second single. "Please Please Me", first aired in the studio on September 11th, was completed during this session, booked for 7:00-10:00 pm, but was finished 15 minutes ahead of time - 9:45. The group arrived at Abbey Road at 6:00 pm and had a short rehearsal prior to the session proper.

Including overdubs of John's distinctive harmonica wailing, "Please Please Me" was recorded in 18 takes and was chosen as the A-side. Then, after a short break, six takes of a re-make of "Ask Me Why" were taped (the first version having been recorded on June 6th) and the best was selected for the B-side. The Beatles also played to George Martin a third Lennon-McCartney number, "Tip Of My Tongue", but George was unhappy with the arrangement and said that it would have to be held over for another time. In fact, the Beatles never revived it, and it wasn't until July 1963 that it was recorded - by another Epstein artist, Tommy Quickly.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Sunday, November 25, 1962

Night Cavern club, Liverpool