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Beatles 50th Blog

50 Years Ago Today : Saturday, December 15, 1962

Majestic Ballroom, Birkenhead

Two entirely separate engagements in one night. During the evening, the Beatles performed a standard Majestic booking. Then, at midnight, the first ever Mersey Beat poll awards show (for 1962) began. As winners of the poll, the Beatles closed the show at 4:00 pm and were also presented with a beautiful plaque.

The poll runners-up, on stage immediately prior to the Beatles, were Lee Curtis and the All-Stars, so there was another encounter with Pete Best.

50 Years Ago Today : Friday, December 14, 1962

Music Hall, The Square, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

A major booking with promoter Lewis Buckley. Most top acts of the day played here.

50 Years Ago Today : Thursday, December 13, 1962

Another southern engagement, arranged following the withdrawal of Joe Brown, originally advertised to appear.

LOVE ME DO, PARLOPHONE RECORDING

THE BEATLES ALSO ROBIN HALL AND JIMMIE MACGREGOR WITH SUPPORTING GROUP

CORN EXCANGE, BEDFORD

December 13, 8:00 to 11:30 pm Admission 3

50 Years Ago Today : Wednesday, December 12, 1962

Lunchtime: Cavern Club, Liverpool

Night: Cavern, Club, Liverpool

50 Years Ago Today : Tuesday, December 11, 1962

La Scala Ballroom, Runcorn

The Beatles' second Runcorn date, although - unlike the first - this was a NEMS presentation.

50 Years Ago Today : Monday December 10, 1962

Lunchtime: Cavern Club, Liverpool

50 Years Ago Today : Sunday December 9, 1962

George Martin and his assistant, Judy Lockhart-Smith attended the performance, a year less four days after Decca's Mike Smith had done the same.

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.