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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Wednesday, March 13, 1963

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London and Rialto Theatre, York

The Beatles traveled from Bedford to York for this evening's two Roe/Montez "house" via EMI Studios in London, where they participated in a 10:00 am to 1:00 pm harmonica over-dubbing session for "Thank You Girl", recording takes 14-28. When finished, the song was edited and then mixed into mono and stereo. It was just as well that no vocals were required, since John was voiceless and didn't play at York.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Tuesday, March 12, 1963

Granada Cinema, Bedford

The Roe/Montez tour. This was a three-man Beatles performance because a bad cold kept John in bed. The songs, particularly "Please please me", were re-arranged so that George and Paul could take over his vocal lines.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Monday, March 11, 1963

EMI House, London

The Beatles spent the evening of the one-day Monday respite from the tour inside the small ground floor studio within EMI House, making their 4th and last appearance on the Company's "The Friday Spectacular", broadcast on Radio Luxembourg on March 15th from 10:00 to 11:00 pm. Once again, they chatted about themselves and their work, around which "Please please me" and "Ask me why" were transmitted.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Sunday, March 10, 1963

Hippodrome Theatre, Hurst St. Birmingham, Warks

After this date, the tour resumed on the 12th.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Saturday, March 9, 1963

Granada Cinema, Barking Rd. East Ham, London

Five days after concluding the Helen Shapiro tour, five days in which they had fulfilled three live engagements, a recording session for EMI and a radio session for the BBC - the Beatles set off going around a still-snowbound Britain on a second theater package tour. Top billing this time was shared by two American individuals, Tommy Roe and Chris Montez, although both were very quickly superseded-on the first "house" of the first night, in fact by the increasingly all conquering Beatles.

Their repertoire on this tour was "Love me do", "Misery", "A taste of honey", "Do you want to know a secret", "Please please me" and "I saw her standing there".

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Friday, March 8, 1963

The Beatles at the Royal Hall, Ripon Rd. Harrogate, Yorkshire

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Thursday, March 7, 1963

Elizabethan Ballroom, Co-Operative House

Parliament St. Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

An inspirational idea from Brian Epstein, a one-night stand featuring his fast growing array of artists, all beginning to enjoy great success. The Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Big Three, and Bill J. Kramer with the Dakotas all appeared, as well as the Cavern Club compete Bob Wooler. On this occasion the entire entourage traveled down from Liverpool on two coaches run by NEMS Enterprises, joined by 80 fans who paid an all-in fare of of 25 shillings (1.25 pd).

This was the first of six such engagements over the following three months, concluding on June 16th. It became known as the "Mersey Beat Showcase" tour.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Wednesday, March 6, 1963

Playhouse Theater, Manchester

A return trip to the Playhouse in Manchester for the Beatles 5th and final appearance on the BBC Light Program radio show "Here we go", produced by Peter Pilbeam, the man who had auditioned and broadcast the group before they had an EMI recording contract. After a 4:00 pm rehearsal, the group took part in the recording from 8:00 to 8:45, performing "I saw her standing there", "Misery", "Do you want to know a secret" and "Please please me", although "I saw her standing there" was edited out of the broadcast tape, transmitted from 5:00 to 5:29pm on Tuesday, March 12th.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Tuesday, March 5, 1963

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

Five days after writing on the Helen Shapiro coach, the Beatles recorded "From me to you" this day at EMI. It began the session at the B-side of their 3rd single, during the session, however, it was promoted to premier status over the previously preferred "Thank you Girl", also taped this day (under the working title, "Thank you little girl) which became the new B-side. The Beatles worked in Studio two between 2:30-9:00pm - although the session had been booked for 2:30-5:30 and 7:00-10:00 - recording 13 takes of "From me to you" and the same number of "Thank you girl". The single was issued by EMI on Thursday, April 11th.

With some studio time remaining, the Beatles recorded two more Lennon-McCartney titles, "The one after 909" and "What goes on", although in the end, it was possible only to tape the former. Five takes were recorded but the result was deemed unsatisfactory and this version remains unissued. The Beatles returned to the song during the "Get Back" sessions (1969) hence it's inclusion on the album, 'Let it be', and they returned to "What goes on" for "Rubber Soul" (1965)

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Monday, March 4, 1963

The Beatles first 100 pound booking at the Plaza Ballroom, St. Helens