Beatles 50th Blog

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Saturday, January 26, 1963

The Beatles appeared at the El Rio Club on Queen Victoria St, Macclesfield, Chesshire and King's Hall, on Glebe St. Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire. Twenty-one miles separated this double booking. At the El Rio Club, the Beatles were supported by locals, Wayne Fontana and the Jets, Fontana later finding fame with the Mindbenders.

Backstage at Stoke, Paul and John began writing "Misery", a song they intended donating to Helen Shapiro, whom the Beatles would meet a week later. On stage, they performed a song for the first and only time, a cover of "Walk right in", just breaking in Britain as a hit for the U.S. act the Rooftop singers, already a number one in their homeland.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Friday, January 25, 1963

A dance promoted by the local Baptist Church youth club was at the Co-operative Hall, Market St. Lancashire

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Thursday, January 24, 1963

Before setting off to North Wales for an engagement in Assembly Hall, on High St. Mold, Flintshire, the Beatles made a personal appearance at NEMS' central Liverpool record store, signing copies of their "Please Please Me" single and giving a brief acoustic performance from the foot of the staircase leading from the ground floor to the first floor (classical records, television, radio and recording equipment).

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Wednesday, January 23, 1963

The Beatles drove north to Liverpool Wednesday morning and arrived just in time for the night-time Cavern Club engagement. The journey was quite eventful. Their van's windscreen had shattered into bits, in the freezing cold. The Assistant road manager at the time, Mal Evans - Neil Aspinall had remained in Liverpool. Not feeling well, he had no choice but to drive on without a screen while the Beatles conserved and remained warm by laying on top of one another in the back.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Tuesday, January 22, 1963

BBC Paris Studio in London. The Beatles appeared live on one BBC radio program and recorded sessions for two others. Then off to the Paris Studio on Regent Street to accompany the broadcast of their new single, "Please Please Me'. The Beatles chatted live on air. Other guests were Joan Regan, Jon Pertwee (the future Dr. Who) and Shane Fenton (future Alvin Stardust).

Next, the Beatles rehearsed at the Playhouse Theatre near Charing Cross for their first appearance on the pop radio program, "Saturday Club". The Beatles recorded five songs, "Some Other Guy", Love Me Do", Please Please Me", Keep Your Hands Off My Baby", and "Beautiful Dreamer". This program was broadcast on January 26th, on the 2nd half hour of the two-hour show.

The last session took place at the Paris Studio in London, where before an audience, The Beatles recorded another contribution to the Light Program Show "The Talent Spot", for broadcast on January 29th. Among the other guests on the show was a young guitarist Rog Whittaker, destined to become Roger Whittaker.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Monday, January 21, 1963

The Beatles' 3rd appearance on "The Friday Spectacular" at the EMI House in London. Broadcast by Radio Luxembourg, chatting to series Hosts, Shaw Taylor and Muriel Young. The show was recorded before a live audience of 100 teenagers listening to 'Please Please Me' and 'Ask Me Why'. Tony Barrow referred to this appearance in the sleevenote for the Beatle's soon to be recorded debut album, 'Please Please Me'.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Sunday, January 20, 1963

The Beatles at the Cavern Club in Liverpool

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Saturday, January 19, 1963

The Beatles appeared at the Town Hall Ballroom, Pauls Moss, Dodington, Whitchurch, Shropshire

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Friday, January 18, 1963

Beatles - Appearing at the Floral Hall Ballroom in Morecambe

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Thursday, January 17, 1963

Every ticket for the Majestic dance was sold in advance, much to the disappointment of an extra 500 fans outside the venue. The Cavern Club, Liverpool at lunchtime and the Majestic Ballroom, in Birkenhead in the evening.