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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Tuesday, June 18, 1963

Since it was Paul McCartney's 21st birthday today, the Beatles took the day off.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Monday, June 17, 1963

The fourth and final recording in the BBC Light Programme radio series "Pop Go The Beatles". It was taped at the BBC's Maida Vale studios, not far from EMI's studio in Abbey Road. The Beatles rehearsed and recorded their contribution between 10:30 am and 1:00 pm, after which they took lunch in the BBC staff restaurant and then went out into Delaware Road with photographer, Dezo Hoffmann to give the birthday bumps to Paul McCartney, 21 years old the next day.

For this program, the Beatles recorded "I saw her standing there", Anna (Go to him)", "Boys", "Chains", "PS, I love you" and "Twist and Shout". It was broadcast on Tuesday, June 25th, between 5:00 and 5:29 pm, the guest group in this edition being the Bachelors.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Sunday, June 16, 1963

Odeon Cinema, South St. Romford, Essex

The final date in the "Mersey Beat Showcase" series, promoted this time by John Smith. Five more dates in the series, planned for June 17th, 20th, and 23rd were scrapped by Brian Epstein.

This was a truly remarkable booking for, in what may be the only time in popular music history, the show's three main acts, The Beatles, Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas, and Gerry and the Pacemakers occupied number one, two and three in that week's British singles charts.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Saturday, June 15, 1963

City Hall, Fisherton, St. Salisbury, Wiltshire

A surprise date with Jaybee Clubs, the promotion which had booked the Beatles into the historically important March 31, 1962 Stroud engagement. This show was arranged in April 1963 for the huge fee of £300, but as the date approached, Brian Epstein began to have serious misgivings about the Beatle's safety in such a venue. He offered Jaybee £200 to cancel the booking, but was turned down. Over 1,500 people crowded into the City Hall.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Friday, June 14, 1963

Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, Wallasey

A sensational final return to an old stamping ground-always one of the Beatles favorite venues-to play another in the "Mersey Beat Showcase" series presented by NEMS Enterprises.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Thursday, June 13, 1963

Palace Theatre Club, Turncroft Lane, Offerton, Stockport, Cheshire and Southern Sporting Club, The Corona, Birch St., Hyde Rd., Manchester, Lancashire

A most unusual double booking - two northern variety/cabaret night-clubs, ten miles apart.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Wednesday, June 12, 1963

Grafton Rooms, Liverpool

A special concert, arranged back in February, in aid of the children's charity NSPCC. The Beatles gave their services free. Jeffrey Archer, later a major Conservative politician and author, helped organise the event.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Tuesday, June 11, 1963

Today, The Beatles took off!

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Monday, June 10, 1963

The Beatles - Pavilion, North Parade, Bridge Rd. Bath, Somerset

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Sunday, June 9, 1963

King George's Hall, Northgate, Blackburn, Lancashire

The last date in the Roy Orbison package tour began in Slough on May 18th.