Beatles 50th Blog

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Monday, January 14, 1963

The Beatles had an engagement in Ellesmere Port, the industrial town about 19 miles south of Liverpool, at the Civic Hall on Whitby Rd. Ellesmere Port in Wirral, Cheshire.

A crowd of about 700 fans packed the hall for this Wolverham Welfare Association Dance.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Sunday, January 13, 1963

Alpha Television Studios, Aston Rd. North, Aston, Birmingham, Warwickshire

This was the Beatles' most important television appearance to date, a taping for the very popular "Thank your lucky stars". Most of Britain's teenage population viewed this weekly program, in which top acts of the day mimed to their latest record releases. For most viewers, it was their first sight of the Beatles.

"Thank your lucky stars" was made by ABC Television, the ITV franchise supplying weekend programming for the Midlands and the north. This day's taping took place at Alpha Television Studios in Birmingham, jointly owned by ABC and ATV. At the bottom of the 7 act bill, the Beatles performed "Please Please Me", closing the first half of the program during the 5:50 and 6:30 pm broadcast on January 19.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Saturday, January 12, 1963

The Beatles date tonight was in the Invicta Ballroom, High St. Chatham, Kent

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Friday, January 11, 1963

Lunchtime it was at the Cavern Club, of course in Liverpool. Then the Beatles made the hazardous afternoon journey south from Liverpool to Old Hill, blizzards made them unable to drive the 11 miles to King's Hearth at the Ritz Ballroom on York Rd. for the 2nd part of a double booking in the Midlands. It was the coldest night in the area for 7 years. The King's Hearth date was re-arranged for mid-February. Birmingham, Warwickshire was postponed.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Thursday, January 10, 1963

The Beatles' first home-town engagement in nearly a month, heading a five-act bill. The evening was a resounding success, with a record-breaking attendance crowding into the large Grafton Rooms.One enterprising local stole 100 tickets a few days beforehand only to find that they were numbered and declared invalid.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Tuesday, January 8, 1963

Scottish Television, Theatre Royal, Hope Street

Glasgow, Lanarkshire

The Beatles remained north of the border after the Aberdeen date and travelled down to the Scottish Television studios in Glasgow for an appearance on the children's magazine program Roundup, presented by Paul Young and Morag Hood and broadcast (locally only) live from 5:00 to 5:55 pm. The Beatles' contribution was to mime to their forthcoming single, "Please Please Me".

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Sunday, January 6, 1963

The last night of the tour ended at the Beach Ballroom, Sea Beach, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Saturday, January 5, 1963

Played at Museum Hall, Henderson St. Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire

Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Friday, January 4, 1963

Played at the Town Hall, High St. Dingwall, Ross and Cromarty

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Thursday, January 3, 1963

At last the tour got under way at the TWO SHOES BALLROOM, South College St. Elgin, Morayshire

This ballroom was slightly L-Shaped, which meant that some of the dancers could not see the Beatles on the stage....