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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.

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