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The Beatles - A Day in The Life: October 13, 1964 (Tuesday)

ABC Cinema, Station Rd. Wigan, Lancashire

This was The Beatles' only visit to Wigan, a town in the north of England. It was the fourth date of their 1964 British tour.

The group performed two concerts on this evening, for which they were paid £850. Their set contained 10 songs: Twist And Shout, Money (That's What I Want), Can't Buy Me Love, Things We Said Today, I'm Happy Just To Dance With You, I Should Have Known Better, If I Fell, I Wanna Be Your Man, A Hard Day's Night and Long Tall Sally.

The support acts on the tour were The Rustiks, Sounds Incorporated, Michael Haslam, The Remo Four, Tommy Quickly and Mary Wells, and the compère was Bob Bain. The evening's two shows began at 6.20pm and 8.35pm.

The Odeon had opened in March 1938 as the Ritz, but was renamed in 1963. It closed in April 1997 and was demolished in 2002.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: October 12, 1964 (Monday)

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

Enjoying a day off from the tour, the Beatles may have attended this mix session at Abbey Road, George Martin and Norman Smith preparing mono and stereo mixes of "She's A Woman" between 10:00 and 10:30 am and then, in a 2:30 to 3:00 pm session, producing a mono mix of "Eight Days A Week". (At this point, "Eight Days A Week" was being considered as the A-side of the group's next single.)

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: October 11, 1964 (Sunday)

Odeon Cinema, New St. Birmingham, Warwickshire

17.00 and 19.45. Concerts

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: October 10, 1964 (Saturday)

A Hard Day's Night' LP number 1, 12th week (UK Record Retailer chart).

18.15 and 20.45. Concerts at the De Montfort Hall, Leicester.

Brian gets the British representation of the American group New Christy Minstrels, and plans to take them to the UK for one week of radio and television promotion in January.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: October 9, 1964 (Friday)

Gaumont Cinema, Bradford

This eagerly awaited British tour, the Beatles' only one in 1964, got underway in Bradford, as had the Helen Shapiro tour in February 1963 and that year's "Christmas Show".

On this tour, earning £850 for two "houses" per date, the Beatles' repertoire comprised "Twist And Shout", "Money (That's What I Want)", "Can't Buy Me Love", "Things We Said Today", "I'm Happy Just To Dance With You", "I Should Have Known Better", "If I Fell", "I Wanna Be Your Man", "A Hard Day's Night" and "Long Tall Sally".

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: October 8, 1964 (Thursday)

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

Intended not for the in-the-works LP but for a simultaneous single release, the Beatles recorded Paul's bluesy "She's A Woman" this day, beginning and completing it in just two sessions, 3:30-5:30 pm for the seven-take basic track and 7:00-10:00 pm for overdubs. The song was indicative of Paul's fast growing awareness of other forms of music, and the ease with which he could slip into those styles.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: October 7, 1964 (Wednesday)

Meeting of the Beatles, Brian and Walter Shenson to discuss plans for the next film.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: October 6, 1964 (Tuesday)

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

Recording at Abbey Road from 3:00 to 6:45 and 7:00 to 10:00 pm, taping 13 takes of "Eight Days A Week" and experimenting all the while with various ways of opening and closing this new song - a novel fade-up at the start and fade-down at the end was decided upon, effected at later mix stages. The recording was completed on this day except for some edit pieces done on Sunday, October 18th.

The session tapes reveal that another new song, "I Feel Fine", was being worked out at this time, John strumming its distinctive guitar riff between takes of "Eight Days A Week".

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: October 5, 1964 (Monday)

The Beatles not really doing anything today.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: October 4, 1964 (Sunday)

The Beatles had a day of rest today