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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : 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"

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