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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Friday, October 4, 1963

Studio Nine, Television House, Kingsway, London

The Beatles' debut on the televsion show most synonymous in Britain with the so-called "Swinging Sixties", and equally synonymous - in London, with Friday evenings (The Weekend Starts Here!) - Ready, Steady, GO!

This edition of RSG! like most until March 26, 1965, was broadcast live (although the performers always mimed) from Studio Nine at the Television House headquarters of London's weekday ITV franchise Associated-Rediffusion, situated by the Aldwych. The series had begun on August 2nd although, for the first few months, it was not fully networked around Britain.

Following an afternoon camera rehearsal, the Beatles performed three songs, "Twist And Shout", "I'll Get You", and "She Loves You". Teenagers danced around the Beatles' small podium while they performed. They were also interviewed by show host Keith Fordyce and by singer Dusty Springfield, a decidedly cheeky affair with, at one point, John asking Dusty to reveal her scabs. The program was transmitted form 6:15-7:00 pm.

The November 8th editon of Ready, Steady, GO! carried a repeat of "She Loves You" performance while a special edition on December 31st (subtitled "The New Year Starts Here!), 11:15 pm - 12:15 am, repeated this entire three-song set.

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