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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Saturday, November 24, 1962

Royal Lido Ballroom, Central Beach

Prestatyn, Flintshire

Only the Beatles' second engagement in Wales, following the debut in nearby Rhyl four months earlier.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Friday, November 23, 1962

The Lunchtime slot at the Cavern Club this day was played by the Remo Four because the Beatles were in London for an audition with BBC Television, arranged so that their TV potential could be assessed.

Surprisingly, the audition came about not through the endeavours of Brian Epstein, but through two persuasive letters sent to the Corporation by one of the the Beatles' fans, David John Smith of Preston, who wrote asking for the group to be featured on BBC programmes. Assuming that Smith managed the group, the BBC wrote back to him offering them an audition in London on November 6th. Smith passed on the letter to NEMS Enterprises, from where Clive Epstein (brother Brian was with the Beatles in Hamburg) re-arranged this November 23rd date.

The 10 minute audition took place at 12:20 PM in a central London church hall. Four days later, Brian Epstein received a non-committal "Don't call us, we'll call you" letter from Mr. Ronnie Lane, Light Entertainment Auditioner. It would only be when the Beatles had enjoyed a number one record that they would make their BBC TV debut.

After the audition, the Beatles sped back to Merseyside for an unusual engagement at the Tower Ballroom, the 12th annual "Lancashire and Cheshire Arts Ball". Sharing the bill with the Beatles were Billy Kramer and the Coasters (prior to Epstein's signing Kramer to a management contract, adding the spurious middle initial J and severing the Coasters link in favor of Manchester group the Dakotas) the Llew Hird Jazz Band and the Clan McCLeod Pipe Band.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Wednesday, November 22, 1962

Majestic Ballroom, Birkenhead

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Wednesday, November 21, 1962

Cavern Club, Liverpool

Lunchtime and Night Gig

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Tuesday, November 20, 1962

Floral Hall, Southport

Another two "house" theatre appearance.

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Lunchtime at the Cavern Club, then a afternoon trip of 85 miles to Staffordshire for a double header:

Smethwick Baths Ballroom, also known as “Thimblemill Baths” 2nd of the double header GIG was

at the Adelphi Ballroom in West Brom:

Lots of Tea Boy’s…
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The Beatles lunchtime booking at the cavern club Oct 8th was canceled because they were headed for London for the Debut appearance on Radio Luxembourg:

In the early 60s and the time a appearance on the influential Luxembourg station (which had a medium and shortwave service) beamed directly at Britain and aimed at the British Public;

Record companies could buy Programs on air for exclusive promotion of their Artists and discs among other shows EMI had "The Friday Spectacular" for which this debut appearance by New group "The Beatles" was recorded and taped on a Monday evening in front of an audience of more than 100 sitting or dancing Youngsters in a small ground-floor studio inside EMI's Central London headquarters despite the presence of the Artists only records were played on the show:

This particular Programme was aired 10pm October 8, 1962


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The Beatles performed a night gig at The Cavern, just 2 days from the release of "Love Me Do"

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The Beatles performed at The Cavern, just 3 days from the release of "Love Me Do"