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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Thursday, May 16, 1963

Television Theatre, Shepherd's Bush Green, London

The Beatle's 2nd appearance on national BBC TV was in the children's series 'Pops And Lenny', broadcast live, in front of an enthusiastic audience, from the Television Theatre in West London. The title said it all, the show mixed pop music with glove-puppet fun in the shape of Lenny the Lion ("Oh don't embawass me"), as manipulated by cohort Terry Hall.

The Beatle's arrived at Television Theatre in time for a 1:30 pm rehearsal and performed two songs in the 5:00-5:30 broadcast, "From Me To You' and a shortened (1 min 5 secs) version of "Please Please Me". They also joined resident musicians the Bert Hayes Octet and the other members of the cast - Terry Hall, the Raindrops, Patsy Ann Noble, and, of course, Lenny the Lion - for the finale, a one-minute version of "After You've Gone", the Creamer/Layton standard written in 1929 and since performed by scores of artists.

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