The Beatles 50 years ago today: July 19, 1964 (Sunday)

ABC Theatre, Blackpool

An appearance on the live variety programme Blackpool Night Out, the summer edition of Big Night Out, networked to all ITV stations by ABC Television direct from the town's ABC Theatre between 8:25 and 9:25 pm. As usual, the show was hosted by comedian brothers Mike and Bernie Winters. The Beatles headed the list of guest stars, which also included Chita Rivera, Frank Berry, Jimmy Edwards, and Lionel Blair.

The Beatles had flown up to Blackpool the previous day and spent all of the Sunday rehearsing inside the ABC Theatre. As well as performing five songs, "A Hard Day's Night", "And I Love Her", "If I Fell", "Things We Said Today", and "Long Tall Sally", they also participated in comedy sketches, including one where John, Paul, George and the Winters performed a medical operation on Ringo. In another, they acted as refuse collectors.

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