Beatles 50th Blog

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Monday, March 4, 1963

The Beatles first 100 pound booking at the Plaza Ballroom, St. Helens

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Sunday, March 3, 1963

Gaumont Cinema, Piccadilly, Hanley, Staffordshire

The final night of the Helen Shapiro package tour. By this time, the Beatles had been elevated on the bill from playing the first spot to the final act in the first half.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Saturday, March 2, 1963

City Hall, Barker's Pool, Sheffield, Yorkshire and then Studio One, Didsbury Studio Centre, Parrs Wood Rd. Manchester, Lancashire

After finishing the 2nd Shapiro "House" at Sheffield, the Beatles drove 38 miles to Manchester, to appear live on the ABC TV news magazine program ABC At Large, boradcast in the Midlands and north regions only from the company's Didsbury Studio Centre between 11:00 and 11:50pm.

Together with Brian Epstein, they participated in a lengthy interview with David Hamilton (later a top radio DJ) answering questions about their sudden fame and pondering why they had succeeded where hundreds of other groups, from Liverpool to elsewhere, had not done so.

The feature also included interviews with pop fans and an appearance by Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers. The Beatles did not perform music on this program, although a brief clip of a mimed "Please please me" from their most recent appearance on ABC'S "Thank your lucky stars" (taped February 17) was shown again.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Friday, March 1, 1963

The Beatles at the Odeon Cinema, Lord St. Southport, Lancashire

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Thursday, February 28, 1963

Granada Cinema, Castle Gates, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

While traveling this day between York and Shrewsbury, on the coach containing the entire Shapiro entourage, John and Paul wrote the Beatles' next single "From me to you". On this date, Helen Shapiro resumed her role as headliner, and Billie Davis left the tour.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Wedesday, February 27, 1963

The Beatles at the Rialto Theatre, Fishergate, York, Yorkshire - Helen Shapiro bowing out to do illness.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Tuesday, February 26, 1963

Gaumont Cinema, Corporation St. Taunton, Somerset

Back to the package tour. in the terrible winter weather, Helen Shapiro came down with a cold and was forced to miss this date. Danny Williams assumed top-of-the-bill status and Billie Davis, currently charting with "Tell Him", was drafted in to pad out the line-up.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Monday, February 25, 1963

Casino Ballroom, Lord St. Leigh, Lancashire

In the Beatles absence, George Martin and his team produced the mono and stereo masters of the "Please please me" album, mixing and banding the 14 tracks in 10:00am to 1:00pm AND 2:30PM to 5:45pm sessions in Studio One at EMI. The group were in a van on their way to Leigh for a NEMS Enterprises dance booking.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Saturday, February 23, 1963

Granada Cinema, West Gate, Mansfield, Notts

Part II of the Helen Shapiro package tour. Before going on stage for the first of the two "houses", the Beatles crowded into Helen's dressing room and watched their latest appearance on "Thank your lucky stars", taped the previous Sunday. Being the headliner, Shapiro had the only TV set among the artists. :)

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Friday, February 22, 1963

The Beatles at the Oasis Club in Manchester