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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Wednesday, October 30, 1963

Narren-teatern, Grona Lund, Stockholm, Sweden

Abbey Road activity this day saw the production of another stereo mix for "Money (That's what I want), overseen by George Martin in a 2:30-5:30 pm session. To avoid any further generational loss caused by more tape-to-tape copying, two separate two-track mono mixes were used for the stereo album, one for each channel.

This was the final item of preparation for "With the Beatles", and the album was issued on Friday, November 22, 1963, eight months before "Please Please Me", to astonishing British advance orders of 300,000. Domestic sales swiftly passed the half-million mark and in 1965 topped one million. The album even earned a brief placing in the singles actively few in number in the early 1960's - was calculated at that time on sales of any record, irrespective of diameter.

Meanwhile, in Sweden, the evening before flying home to England and their first "airport reception", the Beatles returned to Stockholm to tape an appearance on the Sveriges Television pop show "Drop In", broadcast from 7:00 to 7:30 pm on Sunday, November 3rd.

The recording was made before a live audience at Narrenteatern, a small theatre within the Stockholm amusement park Grona Lund, and it began at 7:00 pm, following afternoon rehearsals. Although intending to perform only two songs, "She loves you", and "Twist and Shout", presenter Klas Burling persuaded the Beatles to extend their repertoire to four, these two in the same order plus "I saw her standing there", and "Long tall Sally". Very clearly enjoying themselves, although they had not eaten all day, the Beatles also joined in with handclapping during the program's closing theme tune, named appropriately enough "Drop In".

On October 31, the group took the morning flight back to London Airport.

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