Beatles 50th Blog posts of '2012' 'December'

50 Years Ago Today : Saturday December 8, 1962

Oasis Club, Manchester

50 Years Ago Today : Friday, December 7, 1962

Lunchtime:Cavern Club, Liverpool

Nighttime: Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, Wallasey

The Beatles headed a seven-group line-up at the Tower.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Thursday, December 6, 1962

Club Django, Queen's Hotel, Promenade, Southport, Lancashire

As the name implies, Club Django was a jazz venue, but its management was too aware of the Beatles' escalating prominence to pass up an opportunity of booking the group.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Wednesday, December 5, 1962

Lunchtime: Cavern Club, Liverpool

Nighttime: Cavern Club, Liverpool

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Tuesday, December 4, 1962

Studio Four, Wembley Studios, Wembley Park Drive, Wembley, Middlesex

The Beatles made their London-area television debut with this spot on the children's program Tuesday Rendezvous, transmitted by the the capital's weekday ITV Station, Associated-Rediffusion.

It was a live appearance, broadcast from the company's Wembley Studios, just along the road from the Empire Pool arena where the Beatles would perform in concert on four occasions, 1963-1966. The program went out from 5:00 to 5:55 pm, the Beatles miming to all of "Love Me Do" and 45 seconds of "PS I love You". They also took part in rehearsals, 1:30-5:00 pm.

Among the other acts appearing in this edition of the weekly series, co-hosted, as was Radio Luxembourg's The Friday Spectacular, by the lovely Muriel Young - were guitar virtuoso Bert Weedon, folk singer Wally Whyton (formerly a member of the Vipers Skiffle Group, produced by George Martin) and glove puppets Fred Barker and Ollie Beak.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Monday, December 3, 1962

TWW Television Centre, Bath Rd, Bristol, Somerset

Another ITV appearance, produced by TWW (Television Wales and the West) and seen only in that and other nearby regions.

The program was a weekly pop music show with the very 1960's (and aptly Welsh sounding) title Discs A Gogo, supposedly set - using the original meaning of the word - in "the gayest coffee bar in town". The Beatles appeared on it just this once, miming to "Love Me Do" from TWW Television Centre in this live 7:00-7:30 pm broadcast.

The Monday, July 26, 1965 edition of this series screened the promotional film for "Help!"

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Sunday Dec 2, 1962

Embassy Cinema, Broadway, Peterborough, Northants

This fine piece of Eptstein opportunitism backfired disastrously when the Beatles bombed on this Frank Ifield package bill, and in both the "houses" too. The experience may have been good, but damage to the group's collective ego was extensive. About the only positive aspect of these Peterborough concerts was the Beatles' dressing-room discovery of theatrical make-up, showed to them by genial guitar-player Ted Taylor, leader of the much admired Ted Taylor Four. (The Beatles went on to teach the art of stage make-up to Mick Jagger who used it more liberally than ever before and whose own influence in this area has been widespread. Ted has a lot to answer for.) Ray McFall at the Cavern Club graciously waived his contracted Beatles engagement for this night.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Saturday, December 1, 1962

(Victory) Memorial Hall, Northwich

and Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, Wallasey

The Beatles were added to the New Brighton bill a day before the show in order to boost flagging ticket sales. It meant a hurried journey up from Northwich and a very late-night spot on stage.