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

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Thursday, November 28, 1963

The Beatles at ABC Cinema, Saltergate, Lincoln, Lincolnshire

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Wednesday, November 27, 1963

The Beatles at Rialto Theatre in York.......

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Tuesday, November 26, 1963

Regal Cinema, Cambridge

Before their two "houses" this evening, the Beatles appeared live on the local BBE TV news magazine program, "East at Six Ten", broadcast , oddly, from 6:38 to 7:01 pm, being interviewed in their Regal dressing room by reporter Jean Goodman.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Monday, November 25, 1963

Studio Four, Granada TV Centre, Manchester

Re-arranged from an original booking for November 27th, the Beatles spent the afternoon at Granada Television taping a music sequence and interview for use partly on November 27th on the 11:45 to 12:00 pm local program, "Late Scene Extra (a production from the Scene at 6:30 team) and partly on Friday, December 20th in "Scene at 6:30 itself, 6:30-7:00 pm.

They taped two music sequences, miming to "I want to hold your hand", and it's B-Side "This Boy", performing on an unusual set comprising enlarged ficticious "Daily Echo" newspaper headlines. ("I want to hold your hand" was broadcast on the 27th, "This Boy" was held back to December 20th.)

For the interview (shot on the same set), with program host Gay Byrne, the Beatles were joined by comedian Ken Dodd. Dodd turned the proceedings into a ad-libber's delight. At one point, when he suggested inviting ideas for an earthy name, so that he might form a rock group, George quipped "sod". It wasn't edited from the November 27th broadcast nor from a repeat of the whole Beatles appearance, "This Boy" included, in the Boxing Day (Thursday, December 26th) edition on "Scene At 6:30", again 6:30-7:00 pm.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Sunday, November 24, 1963

The Beatles - ABC Cinema, Ferensway, Hull, Yorkshire

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Saturday, November 23, 1963

The Beatles - City Hall, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Friday, November 22, 1963

The Beatles - Globe Cinema, High St. Stockton-On-Tees, Durham

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Thursday, November 21, 1963

The Beatles at ABC Cinema, Carlisle

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Wednesday, November 20, 1963

ABC Cinema, Stockport Rd. Ardwick Green, Ardwick, Manchester, Lancashire

Trading their exclusive permission for a share of the proceeds, the Beatles permitted Pathe News to film two songs from their first "House" this evening. "She Loves You", and "Twist And Shout". (A disc recording of "From Me To You" played under other footage.)

Together with backstage sequences, scenes of the hysterical audience and typically pun-filled commentary, this combined to make an eight minute "Techniscope" color newsreel, "The Beatles Come To Town", distributed around selected British cinemas for a week from December 22nd. Two years later, Pathe incorporated the footage into a 70-minute feature film titled Pop Gear, released to British cinemas on April 18, 1965. Memorably, the US title of the release was Go Go Mania.

Granada TV also had a crew shooting backstage at the ABC Ardwick, covering much the same sequences as Pathe and also conducting an exclusive interview in which the Beatles talked of their first US visit set for the following February. These items were first transmitted in the Monday - January 6th 1964 edition of "Scene At 6:30". (6:30-7:00 pm).

BBC radio also was backstage at the Ardwick, a two minute interview with the Beatles by Michael Barton was broadcast this evening, November 20th, in the North Home Service program, "Voice of the North", 6:10-6:30 pm. Additionally, Barton taped a brief interview with George alone for Wacker, Mach Schau, a program about the relationship between the Liverpool and Hamburg rock scenes, broadcast on the North Home Service on November 27th, 8:00 to 8:30 pm.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Tuesday, November 19, 1963

Gaumont Cinema, Wolverhampton

Monday, November 18th had not been a day of rest for the Beatles as it had for the other acts on their package tour. Instead, they attended a ceremony at EMI House in London where they received a clutch of representation discs: silver LP's for "Please Please Me" and "With The Beatles", the latter in advance of release from EMI Ltd chairman Sir Joseph Lockwood, a minature silver EP each for "Twist And Shout" and "She Loves You", respectively from Gerald Marks, editor of weekly pop paper "Disc". They also stayed for a cocktail party and then a formal lunch in the boardroom, with company executives and privileged guests.