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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Wednesday, December 4, 1963-

The Beatles are off today, enjoying a break.

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Tuesday, December 3, 1963-

Guildhall, Portsmouth

The concert re-arranged from Tuesday, November 12th. From December 4th to 6th, the Beatles enjoyed a break.

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Monday, December 2, 1963-

Studio C, Elstree Studio Centre, Eldon Ave, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire and Ballroom, Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London

The Beatles spent the period from mid-morning to late-afternoon at Associated TeleVision's Elstree Studio Centre (not to be confused with the nearby Elstree Film Studio), where feature films were made. The object, very successfully achieved - being to rehearse and shoot an appearance on "The Morecambe and Wise Show", hosted by the much loved British comedy double act Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise. It was networked by ATV on Saturday, April 18, 1964 (8:25-9:00 pm) and repeated on Saturday, July 24, 1965 (as "The Best of Morecambe and Wise, 9:20-10:00 pm).

Performing live before a minimal studio audience, the Beatles initially sang two numbers, "This Boy", and "All My Loving", and then returned after more Eric and Ernie comedy sketches to sing a third, "I Want to Hold your Hand".

After this last song, John, Paul and George put down their instruments and stepped forward to where Morecambe and Wise had walked on. (Ringo stayed at the back, on his drum podium.) What followed next was fine comedy, Morecambe calling the Beatles "The Kaye Sisters" (A British female trio of the late 1950's), shouting up to Ringo, "Heeelllo Bungo!", and then engaging in witty and apparently ad-lib (though scripted) repartee, including an espeically funny moment with John Lennon. Wise and the three Beatles next suggested they join forces for a number. While they kitted themselves out with boaters and striped jackets and launched into 44 seconds of "Moonlight Bay" (written in 1912 by Madden/Wenrich and poularized by Doris Day in the 1951 film "On Moonlight Bay"), Morecambe rushed on in a Beatles wig and collarless jacket, screaming "Yeah, Yeah Yeah" and , unforgettably, "I Like It". (Gerry and the Pacemakers's hit). This item closed the show, the end credits appearing over a vision of Ringo finally stepping down from his kit. Though the Beatles appeared on television with a number of comedians, the end result was never better than this.

The night's Grosvenor House concert appearance was a most unusual live booking, and not a part of the current package tour - a cabaret floor-show (in aid of a spastics charity) before an evening-dressed audience at the prestigious London hotel. THe Beatles were not altogether happy about it and never again booked this type of engagement.

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Sunday, December 1, 1963-

The Beatles - De Montfort Hall, Leicester

After this date, the tour resumed on the 3rd.

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Saturday, November 30, 1963-

The Beatles at Empire Theatre, in Sunderland

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Friday, November 29, 1963-

ABC Cinema, Market St. Huddersfield, Yorkshire

Between "Houses" at the ABC, the Beatles were visited in the dressing room by a representative from Huddersfield Tape Recording Society, there to obtain an interview with each of the group, and have them read record requests, for "Music Box", a monthly program the Society produced for closed-circuit broadcast within several local hospitals in the area.

The representative, meek and humble, was Gordon Kaye, 20 years later to achieve great popularity in Britain as Rene, the star of sitcom, "Allo, Allo!"

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Thursday, November 28, 1963-

The Beatles at ABC Cinema, Saltergate, Lincoln, Lincolnshire

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Wednesday, November 27, 1963-

The Beatles at Rialto Theatre in York.......

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Tuesday, November 26, 1963-

Regal Cinema, Cambridge

Before their two "houses" this evening, the Beatles appeared live on the local BBE TV news magazine program, "East at Six Ten", broadcast , oddly, from 6:38 to 7:01 pm, being interviewed in their Regal dressing room by reporter Jean Goodman.

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Monday, November 25, 1963-

Studio Four, Granada TV Centre, Manchester

Re-arranged from an original booking for November 27th, the Beatles spent the afternoon at Granada Television taping a music sequence and interview for use partly on November 27th on the 11:45 to 12:00 pm local program, "Late Scene Extra (a production from the Scene at 6:30 team) and partly on Friday, December 20th in "Scene at 6:30 itself, 6:30-7:00 pm.

They taped two music sequences, miming to "I want to hold your hand", and it's B-Side "This Boy", performing on an unusual set comprising enlarged ficticious "Daily Echo" newspaper headlines. ("I want to hold your hand" was broadcast on the 27th, "This Boy" was held back to December 20th.)

For the interview (shot on the same set), with program host Gay Byrne, the Beatles were joined by comedian Ken Dodd. Dodd turned the proceedings into a ad-libber's delight. At one point, when he suggested inviting ideas for an earthy name, so that he might form a rock group, George quipped "sod". It wasn't edited from the November 27th broadcast nor from a repeat of the whole Beatles appearance, "This Boy" included, in the Boxing Day (Thursday, December 26th) edition on "Scene At 6:30", again 6:30-7:00 pm.

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