Beatles 50th Blog

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Sunday, July 28, 1963

The Beatles - ABC Cinema, Great Yarmouth

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Monday, July 22 to Saturday, July 27, 1963

Odeon Cinema, The Centre, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset

Visiting from London, Dezo Hoffmann spent one of these six days with the Beatles, taking photographs and color (mute) 8mm home movies of the group at their hotel and on location on the beach at nearby Brean Down, where they dressed in Victorian bathing-costumes and also went go-karting.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Sunday, July 21, 1963

The Beatles - Queen's Theatre, Bank Hey St. Blackpool, Lancashire

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20, 1963

Ritz Ballroom, Promenade, Rhyl, Flintshire

Two sold-out nights by the Beatles in North Wales, a year after their Rhyl/Wales debut in the ballroom above Burton's tailor shop. The group returned to Liverpool immediately after the 2nd of the Saturday "Houses".

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Thursday, July 18, 1963

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

Originally booked for 6:00 to 10:00 pm, the Beatles recorded in EMI studio Two from 7:00 to 10:45, beginning sessions for their 2nd album with the taping of four songs, all cover versions - "You really got a hold on me" (11 takes), "Money (That's what I want) (seven), "(There's A) Devil in her heart" (six) and "Till there was you" (three).

Such sessions for this 2nd album revealed the maturity which the Beatles had already gained inside the recording studio, the cover of "Smokey Robinson and the Miracles", "You really got a hold on me" being a superb reading of another artist's work.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Wednesday, July 17, 1963

Playhouse Theatre, London

Yet another BBC radio recording, this time for the Sunday morning pop show East Beat, transmitted in the Light Programme on July 21st between 10:31 and 11:30 am.

The program was taped between 8:45 and 9:45 pm before it's usual teenage audience. The Beatles performed four songs, "I saw her standing there", "A shot of rhythm and blues", "There's a place", and "Twist and shout".

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Tuesday, July 16, 1963

BBC Paris Studio, London

The Beatles taped three editions of their Light Programme radio series "Pop Go the Beatles", in this one day.

Working at the Paris Studio, they rehearsed and recorded Program 8 between 3:00 and 5:30 pm, Program 9 between 6:00 and 8:30 pm, Program 10 between 8:45 and 10:30, transmissions were on August 6th, 13th, and 20th, each between 5:00 and 5:29 pm. (Guest groups in the three shows were the "Swinging Blue Jeans, "The Hollies", and "Russ Sainty and the Nu-Notes.)

The Beatles failed to meet the appointed time of 10:30 am for the first recording (which would have been at the Playhouse Theatre in London) and then opted to make three shows this day than rather leaving the recording of Program 10 until the 17th, for when it had been scheduled at the Playhouse between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm.

In Program 8, they performed "I'm gonna sit right down and and cry (over you)", "Crying, Waiting, Hoping", "Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey", "To Know her is to love her", "The Honeymoon Song", and "Twist and Shout". In the 9th show they featured, "Long Tall Sally", "Please Please Me", "She Loves You", "You Really got a Hold on me", "I'll Get you" and "I Got a Woman".

In Program 10, the Beatles played "She Loves You", (although broadcast actually repeated the version from the 9th show), "Words of Love", "Glad All Over", "I Just Don't Understand", "There's a Devil in her Heart", and "Slow Down".

The Beatles February 1963 recording session at EMI has gone down in popular music history, the group taping all ten new tracks for the debut album in one day. But on this day, July 16th, in less time, the group actually taped 18 new tracks, with only one repetition, and considerable on-mike conversation, too. A remarkable feat!

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Monday, July 15, 1963

The Beatles took off today.......

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Sunday, July 14, 1963

The Beatles at ABC Theatre, Blackpool

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Saturday, July 13, 1963

The Beatles at the Winter Gardens, Fort Crescent, Margate, Kent all week