Beatles 50th Blog

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Sunday, December 1, 1963

The Beatles - De Montfort Hall, Leicester

After this date, the tour resumed on the 3rd.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Saturday, November 30, 1963

The Beatles at Empire Theatre, in Sunderland

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Friday, November 29, 1963

ABC Cinema, Market St. Huddersfield, Yorkshire

Between "Houses" at the ABC, the Beatles were visited in the dressing room by a representative from Huddersfield Tape Recording Society, there to obtain an interview with each of the group, and have them read record requests, for "Music Box", a monthly program the Society produced for closed-circuit broadcast within several local hospitals in the area.

The representative, meek and humble, was Gordon Kaye, 20 years later to achieve great popularity in Britain as Rene, the star of sitcom, "Allo, Allo!"

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

The Beatles at ABC Cinema, Saltergate, Lincoln, Lincolnshire

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Wednesday, November 27, 1963

The Beatles at Rialto Theatre in York.......

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

Regal Cinema, Cambridge

Before their two "houses" this evening, the Beatles appeared live on the local BBE TV news magazine program, "East at Six Ten", broadcast , oddly, from 6:38 to 7:01 pm, being interviewed in their Regal dressing room by reporter Jean Goodman.

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

Studio Four, Granada TV Centre, Manchester

Re-arranged from an original booking for November 27th, the Beatles spent the afternoon at Granada Television taping a music sequence and interview for use partly on November 27th on the 11:45 to 12:00 pm local program, "Late Scene Extra (a production from the Scene at 6:30 team) and partly on Friday, December 20th in "Scene at 6:30 itself, 6:30-7:00 pm.

They taped two music sequences, miming to "I want to hold your hand", and it's B-Side "This Boy", performing on an unusual set comprising enlarged ficticious "Daily Echo" newspaper headlines. ("I want to hold your hand" was broadcast on the 27th, "This Boy" was held back to December 20th.)

For the interview (shot on the same set), with program host Gay Byrne, the Beatles were joined by comedian Ken Dodd. Dodd turned the proceedings into a ad-libber's delight. At one point, when he suggested inviting ideas for an earthy name, so that he might form a rock group, George quipped "sod". It wasn't edited from the November 27th broadcast nor from a repeat of the whole Beatles appearance, "This Boy" included, in the Boxing Day (Thursday, December 26th) edition on "Scene At 6:30", again 6:30-7:00 pm.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Sunday, November 24, 1963

The Beatles - ABC Cinema, Ferensway, Hull, Yorkshire

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

The Beatles - City Hall, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

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

The Beatles - Globe Cinema, High St. Stockton-On-Tees, Durham