Beatles 50th Blog

The Beatles - A Day in The Life : Tuesday, June 25, 1963

The Beatles - Astoria Ballroom, Wilson St., Middlesbrough, Yorks

The Beatles - A Day in The Life : Monday, June 24, 1963

Playhouse Theatre, London

Another recording for "Saturday Club", broadcast in the BBC radio Light Programme between 10:00 am and 12:00 noon on Saturday, June 29th. After a 2:30 pm rehearsal, the Beatles taped this sesssion between 5:30 and 6:30 at the Playhouse Theatre in London, performing "I got to find my Baby", "Memphis, Tennessee", "Money (That's what I want), "Till there was you", "From me to you", and "Roll over Beethoven". The last two songs were included in the final 29 minutes of the programme, broadcast simultaneously by the BBC's General Overseas Service.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life : Sunday, June 23, 1963

Alpha Television Studios, Aston, Birmingham

In February 1964, the sensational success of the Beatles would open the floodgates of the North American record market, allowing scores of other British groups from Liverpool. They were dominating the UK charts at the time. Gerry and the Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas, the Fourmost, the Searchers and others, with people like Cilla Black waiting in the wings. To celebrate the "Mersey Beat" boom, and entire edition of ABC Television's "Lucky Stars" (Summer Spin) - the summer title of "Thank your Lucky Stars" - was given over to Liverpool acts. Hosted by Pete Murray, it was taped during this afternoon and transmitted on Saturday, June 29th, between 6:05 and 6:45 pm on most of the ITV network. More than 6 million people tuned in, although Beatles fans had a dilemma in that the last 10 minutes overlapped with John's appearance on the BBC's Juke Box Jury.

The Beatles topped the bill, and closed the show miming to "From me to you" and "I saw her standing there"

The Beatles - A Day in The Life : Saturday, June 22, 1963

Television Theatre, London and Ballroom, Town Hall, Cross St. Abergavenny, Monmouthshire

While George, Paul and Ringo travelled to Wales in the van with road manager Neil Aspinall, John stayed on in London to tape an appearance on the BBC Television show Juke Box Jury, and extraordinarily popular program at this time, in which new singles came up for "Hit" or "Miss" judgement, signified, respectively, by either the pinging of a bell or the sounding of a klaxon.

This particular edition was transmitted the following Saturday, June 29th, from 6:35 to 7:00 pm, hosted by DJ David Jacobs. The four-person "jury" was usually chosen to represent different walks of show business so along with John Lennon on this occasion there was TV personality Catherine (Katie) Boyle, actor Bruce Prochnik and actress Caroline Maudling.

John's appearance caused something of a stir, in that he openly stated negative views of every single one of the discs up for review, whereas panel members customarily kept any comments in non-offensive terms. The records reviewed in this edition were "Southend" by Cleo Laine, "So much in love", by the Tymes, "Devil in disguise" by Elvis Presley (John said of his former idol that he now sounded like Bing Crosby), "The click song" by Miriam Makeba, "On top of spaghetti", by Tom Glaser, "Flamenco" by Russ Conway, "First Quarrel" by Paul and Paula and "Don't ever let me down" by Julie Grant. Thanks to John's influence, the panel voted every one of them a "Miss" except for the Presley single. (Three other songs were taped but omitted from the broadcast, "Lies", by Johnny Sandon and the Remo Four, "Too late to worry" by Richard Anthony, and "Just one look" by Doris Troy. Sandon and the Remo Four were Liverpool contemporaries of the Beatles, and Doris Troy would one day be signed to their Apple record label.)

The Juke Box Jury session kept John in London until well in the evening, there was a camera rehearsal from 7:45 to 8:00, a sound and vision test between 8:00 and 8:30 and the recording itself ran from 8:30 to 9:15. Immediately after this John was driven to Battersea Heliport from where he flew to Wales in a helicopter especially chartered by Brian Epstein at a cost of £100. He touched down at the Penypound football ground in Abergavenny at 9:50 pm, just in time for the £250 engagement.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life : Friday, June 21, 1963

The Beatles at Odeon Cinema, Epsom Rd. Guildford, Surrey

The Beatles - A Day in The Life : Thursday, June 20, 1963

The Beatles were traveling today....

The Beatles - A Day in The Life : Wednesday, June 19, 1963

Playhouse Theatre, London

The Beatles were busy! After their June 17th BBC session in London the group drove to Liverpool in time for Paul's 21st birthday party the evening of the 18th, held in a marquee in the back garden of an aunt's house in Huyton. A few hours later they were heading south again, to be back in London in time for their second appearance on the BBC Light Programme radio show Easy Beat, taped in front of a screaming audience at the Playhouse Theatre between 8:45 and 9:45 pm.

The recording, broadcast on Sunday, June 23rd, between 10:31 and 11:30 am, featured the Beatles performing "Some other guy", "A taste of honey", "Thank you, Girl", and "From me to you".

The Beatles - A Day in The Life : Tuesday, June 18, 1963

Since it was Paul McCartney's 21st birthday today, the Beatles took the day off.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life : Monday, June 17, 1963

The fourth and final recording in the BBC Light Programme radio series "Pop Go The Beatles". It was taped at the BBC's Maida Vale studios, not far from EMI's studio in Abbey Road. The Beatles rehearsed and recorded their contribution between 10:30 am and 1:00 pm, after which they took lunch in the BBC staff restaurant and then went out into Delaware Road with photographer, Dezo Hoffmann to give the birthday bumps to Paul McCartney, 21 years old the next day.

For this program, the Beatles recorded "I saw her standing there", Anna (Go to him)", "Boys", "Chains", "PS, I love you" and "Twist and Shout". It was broadcast on Tuesday, June 25th, between 5:00 and 5:29 pm, the guest group in this edition being the Bachelors.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life : Sunday, June 16, 1963

Odeon Cinema, South St. Romford, Essex

The final date in the "Mersey Beat Showcase" series, promoted this time by John Smith. Five more dates in the series, planned for June 17th, 20th, and 23rd were scrapped by Brian Epstein.

This was a truly remarkable booking for, in what may be the only time in popular music history, the show's three main acts, The Beatles, Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas, and Gerry and the Pacemakers occupied number one, two and three in that week's British singles charts.