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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Friday, March 1, 1963

The Beatles at the Odeon Cinema, Lord St. Southport, Lancashire

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

Granada Cinema, Castle Gates, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

While traveling this day between York and Shrewsbury, on the coach containing the entire Shapiro entourage, John and Paul wrote the Beatles' next single "From me to you". On this date, Helen Shapiro resumed her role as headliner, and Billie Davis left the tour.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Wedesday, February 27, 1963

The Beatles at the Rialto Theatre, Fishergate, York, Yorkshire - Helen Shapiro bowing out to do illness.

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

Gaumont Cinema, Corporation St. Taunton, Somerset

Back to the package tour. in the terrible winter weather, Helen Shapiro came down with a cold and was forced to miss this date. Danny Williams assumed top-of-the-bill status and Billie Davis, currently charting with "Tell Him", was drafted in to pad out the line-up.

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

Casino Ballroom, Lord St. Leigh, Lancashire

In the Beatles absence, George Martin and his team produced the mono and stereo masters of the "Please please me" album, mixing and banding the 14 tracks in 10:00am to 1:00pm AND 2:30PM to 5:45pm sessions in Studio One at EMI. The group were in a van on their way to Leigh for a NEMS Enterprises dance booking.

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

Granada Cinema, West Gate, Mansfield, Notts

Part II of the Helen Shapiro package tour. Before going on stage for the first of the two "houses", the Beatles crowded into Helen's dressing room and watched their latest appearance on "Thank your lucky stars", taped the previous Sunday. Being the headliner, Shapiro had the only TV set among the artists. :)

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

The Beatles at the Oasis Club in Manchester

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

Majestic Ballroom, Birkenhead

Once again there were two separate "House", the Beatles appearing at 7:30 and 11:30 pm.

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

Playhouse Theatre, London and Swimming Baths, St. James St. Doncaster, Yorkshire

The Beatles were not present at Abbey Road for a 10:30 AM to 1:00 pm overdub session in Studio One, which saw George Martin add piano to "Misery" and celeste and piano to "Baby It's You". (The latter piano piece was never used). Instead, after concluding their Tuesday-night engagement in Liverpool they drove down to London through the night in order to appear on the live lunchtime radio show, "Parade of the Pops", broadcast by the BBC Light Program direct from the Playhouse Theatre. The group performed 2 songs, "Love me do" and "Please please me".

After the show, the Beatles quickly returned 160 miles north to fulfil their evening date in Doncaster.

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

Cavern Club - Liverpool

The Beatles first Cavern Club performance in more than a fortnight. The queue for admission formed two days beforehand. Also on the bill were Lee Curtis and the All-Stars. This was the last time that any of the Beatles set eyes on Pete Best in person.