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The Beatles 50 years ago today: August 16, 1964 (Sunday)-

The Beatles at the Opera House, Blackpool

Shortly to change their name to The Who, one of the support acts on this bill were the High Numbers, billed as "a new R&B group".

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The Beatles 50 years ago today: August 15, 1964 (Saturday)-

DEAN MARTIN KNOCKS THE BEATLES
OUT OF #1 SPOT - AUGUST 15, 1964

DEAN MARTIN'S SON, RICCI MARTIN, WAS JUST LIKE MOST ANY OTHER TEENAGER IN THE EARLY MONTHS OF 1964 - CRAZY AND OBSESSED WITH THE BEATLES.  THEIR NEW FILM A HARD DAY'S NIGHT WAS jUST RELEASED AND A SMASH HIT.

DURING THIS WAVE OF BEATLEMANIA, RICCI WAS RAVING ON AND ON ABOUT THE BOYS FROM LIVERPOOL. HIS FATHER, DEAN MARTIN, STAR OF STAGE, SCREEN, TELEVISION, LAS VEGAS, AND THE RECORD WORLD, GOT FED UP ONE DAY AND TOOK RICCI TO THE SIDE AND TOLD HIM: i'M GONNA KNOCK YOUR PALLIES OFF THE CHARTS.

YES, RICCI'S DAD WAS THE GREAT DEAN MARTIN, BUT DINO HADN'T HAD A HIT RECORD IN SIX YEARS - AND WELL, THESE GUYS WERE THE BEATLES!

IT WAS A SONG CALLED EVERYBODY LOVES SOMEBODY SOMETIME. THE SONG HAD BEEN WRITTEN AROUND 15 YEARS EARLIER. DEAN HAD TO BE COAXED INTO RECORDING THE NUMBER, BUT AFTER SOME PUSHING, HE FINALLY AGREED TO RECORD THE TUNE THAT HAD ALREADY BEEN RECORDED BY SEVERAL OTHER ARTISTS INCLUDING SINATRA, PEGGY LEE AND DINAH WASHINGTON, AND HAD NEVER GONE ANYWHERE.

WHEN DEAN'S ALBUM CAME OUT, THE SONG WAS GIVEN LITTLE NOTICE AND RAISED NO STIR, BUT IN, EARLY IN 1964, DEAN RECORDED THE SONG AGAIN AS A SINGLE. IT SOON SPREAD AND GAINED POPULARITY, AND ON AUGUST 15, 1964, JUST AS HE HAD BOASTED TO HIS SKEPTICAL SON, EVERYBODY LOVES SOMEBODY SOMETIME ACTUALLY KNOCKED THE BEATLES OUT OF THE #1 SPOT ON THE BILLBOARD HOT 100 RECORD CHART.


SAID DEAN CASUALLY TO HIS AWESTRUCK SON. RICCI MARTIN SAID HE LOOKED ON AT HIS FATHER WITH PRIDE, WONDER AND AMAZEMENT. AND THUS, DEAN MARTIN, IN ALL PROBABILITY, BECAME THE ONE AND ONLY PERSON TO CORRECTLY PREDICT THAT HE WAS GOING TO KNOCK THE BEATLES OUT OF THE NUMBER ONE SPOT ON THE CHARTS AND ACTUALLY DO IT!

Here is a list of the BILLBOARD'S TOP FIVE SONGS - AUGUST 15, 1964

1. EVERYBODY LOVES SOMEBODY SOMETIME
DEAN MARTIN

2. WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO?
THE SUPREMES

3. A HARD DAY'S NIGHT
THE BEATLES

4. RAG DOLL
THE FOUR SEASONS

5. UNDER THE BOARDWALK
THE DRIFTERS

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The Beatles 50 years ago today: August 14, 1964 (Friday)-

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

This new LP came too soon after A Hard Day's Night for Lennon-McCartney, to have written a full album's worth of quality new material. They had a few songs, the final quota numbering eight, so for the other cuts the Beatles had to rely on former stage favorites.

Of the three songs during the evening session, only one, "I'm A Loser", was a Lennon-McCartney number, written mostly by John and showing a definite shift in direction away from the "hand-holding" songs to a more autobiographical and introspective slant, influenced by Bob Dylan. It was recorded in eight takes. These and four of Dr. Feelgood and the Intern's "Mr. Moonlight" were taped between 7:00 and 9:00 pm.

After that mono mixes wer made of both titles, presumably, since they were later improved upon, these were for John's personal use - right up to his death in 1980 he liked to take home rough mixes of his day's studio work, usually on a 7 1/2 ips reel.

Then the Beatles decided to do more recording, returning to their instruments for five takes of Johnny Preston's "Leave My Kitten Alone", the "Best" being the last, adorned with a number of overdubs.

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The Beatles 50 years ago today: August 13, 1964 (Thursday)-

Today, a day of rest.

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The Beatles 50 years ago today: August 12, 1964 (Tuesday)-

Whaddon House, William Mews, London

During an "At Home" party thrown this evening by Brian Epstein in his home here (Flat 15), Ringo was interviewed by NME journalist Chris Hutchins for the BBC Light Programme series The Teen Scene, discussing in particular the Beatles' forthcoming North American concert tour. It was broadcast the next night, Thursday, August 13th.

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The Beatles 50 years ago today: August 11, 1964 (Tuesday)-

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

A Hard Day's Night had been out just two weeks when the Beatles began recording another LP, in keeping with the formula of two albums per year, the second aimed at the Christmas sales market. This one would remain untitled until the release date was in sight, eventually being named Beatles For Sale.

The group began and completed John's "Baby In Black" within this time, taping 14 takes and then making 13 separate attempts at perfecting the song's twangy opening guitar notes (none of which was chosen for the finished version).

Before recording, the Beatles were filmed in performance positions by BBC television cameras for an insert into Top Of The Pops. It mattered not what song they were singing for this was a "wild track" shoot, a collection of mute images onto which a disc recording, in this instance of "A Hard Day's Night", could be overdubbed for TOTP broadcast.

Although the shooting was completed, the film was never screened because the BBC then clashed with Brian Epstein over the size of the group's fee, and the footage was later junked.

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The Beatles 50 years ago today: August 10, 1964 (Monday)-
Singles Time Line........


Do You Want To Know A Secret/Thank You Girl
Oldies 45 OL149 - August 10, 1964

Please Please Me/From Me To You
Oldies 45 OL150 - August 10, 1964

Love Me Do/P.S. I Love You
Oldies 45 OL151 - August 10, 1964

Twist And Shout/There's A Place
Oldies 45 OL152 - August 10, 1964
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The Beatles 50 years ago today: August 9, 1964 (Sunday)-

The Beatles appearing at the Futurist Theatre, Scarborough

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The Beatles 50 years ago today: August 8, 1964 (Saturday)-

The Beatles resting up!

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The Beatles 50 years ago today: August 7, 1964 (Friday)-

The Beatles still had a couple of gigs coming up before the USA tour.

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