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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Monday, May 20, 1963

The Beatles at Gaumont Cinema, Commercial Rd. Southampton, Hampshire

After this date, the Orbison tour took a one-day break, resuming on the 22nd.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Sunday, May 19, 1963

The Beatles - Gaumont Cinema, Hanley

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Saturday, May 18, 1963

Adelphi Cinema, Bath Rd. Slough, Buckinghamshire

The opening night of the Beatle's 3rd nationwide package tour in as many months. Although Roy Orbinson, whom the Beatles much admired, initially began as bill-topper, the Beatles very quickly - by audience demand - assumed this position.

Their repertoire on this tour comprised "Some Other Guy", "Do You Want To Know A Secret", "Love Me Do", "From Me To You", "Please Please Me", "I Saw Her Standing There" and "Twist And Shout".

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Wednesday, May 17, 1963

Grosvenor Rooms, Prince of Wales Rd. Norwich, Norfolk

A £250 booking, arranged in mid-April through London promoter Barry Clayman.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Thursday, May 16, 1963

Television Theatre, Shepherd's Bush Green, London

The Beatle's 2nd appearance on national BBC TV was in the children's series 'Pops And Lenny', broadcast live, in front of an enthusiastic audience, from the Television Theatre in West London. The title said it all, the show mixed pop music with glove-puppet fun in the shape of Lenny the Lion ("Oh don't embawass me"), as manipulated by cohort Terry Hall.

The Beatle's arrived at Television Theatre in time for a 1:30 pm rehearsal and performed two songs in the 5:00-5:30 broadcast, "From Me To You' and a shortened (1 min 5 secs) version of "Please Please Me". They also joined resident musicians the Bert Hayes Octet and the other members of the cast - Terry Hall, the Raindrops, Patsy Ann Noble, and, of course, Lenny the Lion - for the finale, a one-minute version of "After You've Gone", the Creamer/Layton standard written in 1929 and since performed by scores of artists.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Wednesday, May 15, 1963

Royalty Theatre, City Road, Chester, Cheshire

The Beatle's repertoire on this night comprised "Some Other Guy", "Thank You Girl", "Do You Want To Know A Secret", "Please Please Me", "You Really Got A Hold On Me", "I Saw Her Standing There", and "From Me To You".

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Tuesday, May 14, 1963

The Beatles - Rink Ballroom, Park Lane, Sunderland, Durham

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Monday, May 13, 1963

The Beatles took another day off (right after their Holiday)

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Sunday, May 12, 1963

Alpha Television Studios, Aston, Birmingham

A return visit to Aston for the Beatles first bill-topping appearance on the ABC Television show "Thank Your Lucky Stars", taped this afternoon for transmission six days later, Saturday May 18th, between 5:55 and 6:35 pm.

For the first time, the Beatles mimed to more than one song in a TYLS broadcast: "From Me To You", and also LP track "I Saw Her Standing There".

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Saturday, May 11, 1963

Imperial Ballroom, Carr Road, Nelson, Lancashire

Mayhem hit this northern industrial town as 2000 frantic teenagers crammed into the Imperial Ballroom to see the Beatles.