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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Tuesday, July 16, 1963

BBC Paris Studio, London

The Beatles taped three editions of their Light Programme radio series "Pop Go the Beatles", in this one day.

Working at the Paris Studio, they rehearsed and recorded Program 8 between 3:00 and 5:30 pm, Program 9 between 6:00 and 8:30 pm, Program 10 between 8:45 and 10:30, transmissions were on August 6th, 13th, and 20th, each between 5:00 and 5:29 pm. (Guest groups in the three shows were the "Swinging Blue Jeans, "The Hollies", and "Russ Sainty and the Nu-Notes.)

The Beatles failed to meet the appointed time of 10:30 am for the first recording (which would have been at the Playhouse Theatre in London) and then opted to make three shows this day than rather leaving the recording of Program 10 until the 17th, for when it had been scheduled at the Playhouse between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm.

In Program 8, they performed "I'm gonna sit right down and and cry (over you)", "Crying, Waiting, Hoping", "Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey", "To Know her is to love her", "The Honeymoon Song", and "Twist and Shout". In the 9th show they featured, "Long Tall Sally", "Please Please Me", "She Loves You", "You Really got a Hold on me", "I'll Get you" and "I Got a Woman".

In Program 10, the Beatles played "She Loves You", (although broadcast actually repeated the version from the 9th show), "Words of Love", "Glad All Over", "I Just Don't Understand", "There's a Devil in her Heart", and "Slow Down".

The Beatles February 1963 recording session at EMI has gone down in popular music history, the group taping all ten new tracks for the debut album in one day. But on this day, July 16th, in less time, the group actually taped 18 new tracks, with only one repetition, and considerable on-mike conversation, too. A remarkable feat!

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