Beatles 50th Blog

50 Years Ago Today : Wednesday, December 12, 1962

Lunchtime: Cavern Club, Liverpool

Night: Cavern, Club, Liverpool

50 Years Ago Today : Tuesday, December 11, 1962

La Scala Ballroom, Runcorn

The Beatles' second Runcorn date, although - unlike the first - this was a NEMS presentation.

50 Years Ago Today : Monday December 10, 1962

Lunchtime: Cavern Club, Liverpool

50 Years Ago Today : Sunday December 9, 1962

George Martin and his assistant, Judy Lockhart-Smith attended the performance, a year less four days after Decca's Mike Smith had done the same.

50 Years Ago Today : Saturday December 8, 1962

Oasis Club, Manchester

50 Years Ago Today : Friday, December 7, 1962

Lunchtime:Cavern Club, Liverpool

Nighttime: Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, Wallasey

The Beatles headed a seven-group line-up at the Tower.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Thursday, December 6, 1962

Club Django, Queen's Hotel, Promenade, Southport, Lancashire

As the name implies, Club Django was a jazz venue, but its management was too aware of the Beatles' escalating prominence to pass up an opportunity of booking the group.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Wednesday, December 5, 1962

Lunchtime: Cavern Club, Liverpool

Nighttime: Cavern Club, Liverpool

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Tuesday, December 4, 1962

Studio Four, Wembley Studios, Wembley Park Drive, Wembley, Middlesex

The Beatles made their London-area television debut with this spot on the children's program Tuesday Rendezvous, transmitted by the the capital's weekday ITV Station, Associated-Rediffusion.

It was a live appearance, broadcast from the company's Wembley Studios, just along the road from the Empire Pool arena where the Beatles would perform in concert on four occasions, 1963-1966. The program went out from 5:00 to 5:55 pm, the Beatles miming to all of "Love Me Do" and 45 seconds of "PS I love You". They also took part in rehearsals, 1:30-5:00 pm.

Among the other acts appearing in this edition of the weekly series, co-hosted, as was Radio Luxembourg's The Friday Spectacular, by the lovely Muriel Young - were guitar virtuoso Bert Weedon, folk singer Wally Whyton (formerly a member of the Vipers Skiffle Group, produced by George Martin) and glove puppets Fred Barker and Ollie Beak.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Monday, December 3, 1962

TWW Television Centre, Bath Rd, Bristol, Somerset

Another ITV appearance, produced by TWW (Television Wales and the West) and seen only in that and other nearby regions.

The program was a weekly pop music show with the very 1960's (and aptly Welsh sounding) title Discs A Gogo, supposedly set - using the original meaning of the word - in "the gayest coffee bar in town". The Beatles appeared on it just this once, miming to "Love Me Do" from TWW Television Centre in this live 7:00-7:30 pm broadcast.

The Monday, July 26, 1965 edition of this series screened the promotional film for "Help!"