Beatles 50th Blog

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Tuesday, August 6 and Wednesday, August 7, 1963

Springfield Ballroom, Janvrin Rd., St. Saviour, Jersey, Channel Islands

These nights were played in Jersey, promoted by John Smith. The Beatle's five nights in the Channel Islands earned them £1,000.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Monday, Aug 5, 1963

Urmston Show, Abbotsfield Park, Chassen Rd. Urmston, Lancashire

An interesting engagement - The Beatles headed a four act bill playing inside a huge marquee at this annual South Manchester "Bank Holiday" event, compered by David Hamilton.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Sunday, August 4, 1963

Queen's Theatre, Blackpool

There were so many fans outside the Queen's, blocking all entrances front and back, the Beatles had to go through a builder's yard, up and across scaffolding, and across to the roof of the theatre, from which they were lowered into the wings through a trap in the roof.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Saturday, August 3, 1963

Night Cavern Club, Liverpool

After close to 300 Beatles appearances at the Cavern Club, spanning two and a half years, this was the last! The venue had played perhaps the vital role in preparing them for "The Big Time" and now that time had come. Bob Wooler, the Cavern Club compere, remembers Brian Epstein promising that one day the Beatles would be back, but it was not to be.

Tickets for the performance went on sale on July 21st at 1:30 pm and by 2:00 pm were sold out. The Beatles fee was £300 - The first time they played at the Cavern it was £5.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Friday, Aug 2, 1963

Grafton Rooms, Liverpool

The Beatles returned to Merseyside after a 7-week absence to play for the last time at Grafton.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Thursday, August 1, 1963

Playhouse Theatre, Manchester

Two more sessions for Pop Go The Beatles - editions 11 and 12 - broadcast in the BBC radio Light Programme on Tuesdays, August 27th and September 3rd between 5:00 and 5:29 pm. (The Beatles guests were Cyril Davie's Rhythm & Blues All-Stars featuring Long John Baldry, and Brian Poole and the Tremeloes.)

The recordings were made at the Playhouse Theatre in Manchester (without an audience, like all the shows in the series). They arrived at 12:00 noon for a rehearsal and then taped Program 11 between 1:30 and 4:00 and Program 12 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.

In the eleventh show the Beatles performed "Twist and Shout". "Ohh! My Soul", "Don't Ever Change", "She Loves You", "Anna (Go to him)" and "A Shot of Rhythm and Blues".

For Program 12, the group taped "Lucille", "From Me To You", "I'll Get You", "Money (That's What I Want)", "Baby It's You", "There's a Place", "Honey Don't (John singing lead vocal) and "Roll Over Beethoven". "Lucille" and "Baby It's You" were omitted from the broadcast, however.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Wednesday, July 31, 1963

The Beatles at the Imperial Ballroom, Nelson

Another riotous appearance in Nelson

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Tuesday, July 30, 1963

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London and Playhouse Theatre, London and Studio Two, EMI Studios London

The Beatles spent the morning and evening at EMI recording more material for their second LP, either side of an afternoon's work at the BBC.

The morning session began at 10:00 and saw the group first tape a cover of the Marvelette's "Please Mister Postman", completed in nine takes, and then tackle the first Lennon-McCartney song for the LP, the superb "It won't be long". Ten takes were recorded but it remained unfinished when the session halted at 1:30 pm, half an hour later than scheduled.

The Beatles taped two BBC radio recordings during the afternoon, the first an interview for the "Pop Chat" section of the show "Non Stop Pop", broadcast, again in teh Light Programme, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon on Saturday, August 24th.

The short interview for "Non Stop Pop" was conducted by bandleader Phil Tate and was recorded just after 2:30 pm, when the Beatles arrived at the Playhouse Theatre to rehearse and record the "Saturday Club" session.

The "Saturday Club" recording took place immediately afterwards (much earlier than the contracted time of 5:30-6:30), the Beatles taping six numbers, "Long tall Sally", "She loves you", "Glad All over", "Twist and Shout", "You really got a hold on me", and "I'll get you." The last three of these fell within the final 29 minutes of the domestic broadcast, simultaneously aired by the BBC's General Overseas Service.

Resuming at EMI on time at 5:00 pm, George Martin overdubbed a piano track onto the previously taped "Money (That's what I want). They taped a 5-take remake of "Till there was you" and an eight-take recording of Chuck Berry's rock classic "Roll over Beethoven". They resumed work on "It won't be long", moving it on to take 23, and, finally, recorded Paul's "All my Loving", certainly his best and most complex piece of songwriting yet - this was completed in 13 takes. The session ended at 11:00 pm, an hour later than scheduled.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Monday, July 29, 1963

The Beatles took a break today, it seems.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Sunday, July 28, 1963

The Beatles - ABC Cinema, Great Yarmouth