Beatles 50th Blog

The Beatles - A Day in The Life : May 4, 1964 (Monday)

The Beatles are on vacation for most of this month

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: May 3, 1964 (Sunday)

The Beatles are on vacation - 50 years ago today

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: May 2, 1964 (Saturday)

The Beatles set off on a long holiday starting today.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: May 1, 1964 (Friday)

BBC Paris Studios, London

The session for the Beatle's third consecutive "bank holiday" special on BBC radio's Light Programme, again titled "From Us To You" and broadcast this time on Monday, May 18th, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.

Recording took place at the Paris Studio in central London between 6:30 and 9:30 pm (inclusive of rehearsal time), and the group taped eight numbers: "I saw her standing there", "Kansas City/"Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!", "I forgot to remember to forget", You can't do that", Sure to fall", Can't buy me love", "Matchbox" and "Honey Don't" (with John singing the lead vocal, not Ringo who would do so on the EMI recording. Once again, the show opened and closed with title music, the adapted version "From me to You" re-taped on February 28th. The Beatles also engaged in the usual light-hearted banter with host Alan Freeman.


The Beatles Chronicle - Mark Lewisohn

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 30, 1964 (Thursday)

Roman Camp Hotel, Callander, Perthshire and Theatre Royal, Glasgow and Odeon Cinema, Glasgow

Early in the afternoon the Beatles were visited at their hotel in Callander, Perthshire, by a BBC Scotland camera crew, shooting - 2 min 38 secs interview with reporter Evelyn Elliot for screening this evening in the local BBC1 news-magazine programme Six Ten.

Then, during the late-afternoon, before the first of their two evening "houses" at the nearby Glasgow Odeon, the Beatles made a return visit to the Theatre Royal studios of Scottish Television to tape a contribution to Roundup, transmitted by STV on Tuesday, May 5th (5:00-5:55 pm). Though they did not perform, the Beatles participated in the show's "Personality Parade" section by giving lengthy interviews with the programme's two regular hosts: first John and Paul chatted to Morag Hood and then George and Ringo spoke to Paul Young. The four Beatles and two interviewers then came together to discuss group topics and generally act the fool, George at one point humourously attempting to strangle John.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 29, 1964 (Wednesday)

ABC Cinema, Lothian Rd. Edinburgh, Midlothian

The first of two hugely successful nights in Scotland, jointly promoted by Albert Bonici and Brian Epstein.

In their dressing room at ABC the Beatles gave an interview to BBC Scotland radio reporter Bill Aitkenhead, broadcast this same evening on the Scottish Home Service bulletin Scottish News.

The Complete Beatles Chronicle - Mark Lewisohn


The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 28, 1964 (Tuesday)

Studio 5A/B, Wembley Studios, Wembley

Prior rehearsals and recording session accomplished, the TV special Around The Beatles was taped before an audience between 9:00 and 10:15 this evening. The Beatles arrived at the studios at 11:00 am, however, for final rehearsals, and somehow also found the time to record radio interviews for Swedish radio with visiting presenter Klas Burling.

What with all of their guests, the Beatles actually participated in only two of the show's main items: their music set and a humorous opening spoof of the Interlude section of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (Act V Scene I), in which John portrayed the beauteous lady "Thisbe", Paul "Pyramus", George "Moonshine" and Ringo "Lion", all attired in costume. Apart from this, John, Paul and George were seen at the very start of the show, miming a trumpet fanfare, and then Ringo followed by hoisting a flag and setting off a cannon ball. Later, as a group, they introduced P J Proby's performance.

The finished 60 minute production was networked by Rediffusion on Wednesday, May 6th (9:45-10:45 pm) and repeated, in slightly edited form - the Beatles sections remained untouched - on Monday June 8th. NEMS was granted overseas sales rights and so was supplied with a print of the finished program. For the US market, Brian Epstein sold it to ABC, the first transmission occurring on Sunday, November 15 1964 (7:30-8:30 EST)

The Complete Beatles Chronicle - Mark Lewisohn


The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 27, 1964 (Monday)

Studio 5A/B, Wembley Studios, Wembley

A full evening dress-rehearsal for Around The Beatles, with an audience, on the set at Rediffusion's Wembley Studios, just along the road from the Empire Pool.

A single "Love Me Do"/"PS I love You", is released in the US

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 26, 1964 (Sunday)

Empire Pool, Wembley

A bill-topping return to the concert platform - the Beatles first live appearance in Britain for 15 weeks - at the New Musical Express 1963-64 Annual Poll-Winner's All-Star Concert, the yearly spring afternoon gala. They performed "She Loves You", "You Can't Do That", "Twist and Shout", "Long Tall Sally", and "Can't Buy Me Love" before an audience of 10,000.

The event was taped by ABC Television and networked as a two part special, Big Beat '64. The Beatles appeared in the second part, transmitted on Sunday, May 10th, 4:05-5:35 pm and repeated (though not in all areas, and not in London) on Sunday, November 8th, 3:15-4:40 pm. Viewers of all the second part also saw the Beatles receive their poll-winners awards from the actor, Roger Moore.


The Complete Beatles Chronicle - ML

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 25, 1964 (Saturday)

Hall Of Remembrance, London

More rehearsals for Around The Beatles