Beatles 50th Blog posts of '2013' 'October'

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Sunday, October 27, 1963

Cirkus, Lorensbergsparken, Goteborg, Sweden

The Beatles gave three shows at 3:00, 5:00 and 8:00 pm, here in the city known to the English as Gothenburg.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Saturday, October 26, 1963

Kungliga Tennishallen, Lidingovagen, Stockholm, Sweden

Two shows, at 5:00 and 8:00 pm, in which - theoretically at least, because the audience clearly demanded otherwise - the Beatles were second on the bill to Joey Dee and the Starliters.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Friday, October 25, 1963

Nya Aulan, Sundsta Laroverk, Sundstavagen, Karlstad, Sweden

Not seven months after their concert at Stowe, it was very much "back to school" for the Beatles as they kicked-off their £140-a-night Swedish concert tour in the unlikely setting of the new hall of a secondary school in the tiny town of Karlstad.

The Beatles repertoire for the two "houses" here, at 7:00 and 9:00 pm, and for the remainder of the short tour, comprised "Long Tall Sally", "Please Please Me", "I Saw Her Standing There", "From Me To You", "A Taste Of Honey", "Chains", "Boys", "She Loves You" and "Twist And Shout".

Despite a wildly enthusiastic reception from screaming Swedish Beatlemanics, one man not so impressed was "Johnny", the pop reviewer from local Karlstad newspaper "Nya Wermlands Tidning". He thought the Beatles terrible, their music corny and their playing out of rhythm, adding that the group should have been grateful the fan's screams helped drown out their awful performance, and then he concluded by stating that the Beatles were of no musical importance whatsover and that their local support group, the Phantoms, decidedly outshone them.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Thursday, October 24, 1963

Karlaplansstudion, Karlaplan, Stockholm, Sweden

The Beatles first stint in Sweden was to record a radio appearance at the Karlaplansstudion, situated in the center of Stockholm. The title of the program was "The Beatles pupgrupp fran Liverpool pa besok i Stockholm", which transalated means, "The Beatles pop group from Liverpool visiting Stockholm", a neatly descriptive title.

Clearly exuberated at playing before the Swedish audience, perhaps pleased at having to work harder to win them over (The British teenage public having long lapsed into adoration), the Beatles put in a terrific performance, playing live an exciting set of seven songs, "I Saw Her Standing There", "From Me To You", "Money (That's what I Want)", "Roll Over Beethoven", "You Really Got A Hold On Me", "She Loves You", and "Twist And Shout". Between "Money" and "Roll OVer Beethoven", the Beatles took a break while local group Hasse Rosen and the Norsmen played three numbers.

Produced by Klas Burling, who had called Brian Epstein and booked the Beatles by phone for this appearance, the session was recorded from 5:00 pm (without prior rehearsal) and broadcast on channel one of Sveriges Radio (Swedish National Radio) on Monday, November 11th, 10:05 to 10:30 pm.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Wednesday, October 23, 1963

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

The Beatles' final input to their second album, recording the 16th take of "I Wanna Be Your Man" and then watching as George Martin and Norman Smith mixed this, "Little Child" and "Hold Me Tight" into mono, all done between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm.

After lunch, the group flew to Sweden for their first foreign tour.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Tuesday, October 22, 1963

The Beatles had a day off.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Monday, October 21, 1963

Studio One, EMI Studios, London

Mono mixing and editing of "This Boy" and mono and stero mixing of "I Want To Hold Your Hand", effected by George Martin from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The Beatles may well have attended.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Sunday, October 20, 1963

Alpha Television Studios, Aston, Birmingham

Another bill-topping appearance on ABC Television's "Thank Your Lucky Stars", taped during the afternoon and transmitted 5:50-6:35 pm on Saturday, October 26th.

In this edition they mimed to an unprecedented three numbers, one more than usual, two more than most other acts, - "All My Loving", "Money (That's What I Want)" and "She Loves You". The first two formed an exclusive  glimpse of "With The Beatles", not issued until November 22nd. TYLS producer Philip Jones had acquired advanced acetate pressings of some of the album tracks and persuaded Brian Epstein to allow him first opportunity to plug them.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Saturday, October 19, 1963

The Beatles - Pavilion Gardens Ballroom, Buxton

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Friday, October 18, 1963

Studio Four, Granada TV Centre, Manchester

Another appearance on Scene At 6:30, taped during the early afternoon at Granada Television and transmitted in this evening's programme, 6:30-7:00 pm. The Beatles mimed to "She Loves You".