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The Beatles - A Day in The Life : Tuesday, November 27, 1962

BBC Paris Studio, Regent Street, London

The Beatles' first radio session in London. It took place at the Corporation's confusingly named "Paris Studio" - situated not in France, but just south of Piccadilly Circus in the heart of the West End.

The recording was for the Light Programme Show, "The Talent Spot", broadcast on Tuesday, December 4th, between 5:00 and 5:29 pm. Rehearsals ran from 4:00 pm and recording before a live studio audience from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Among the other acts appearing on this programme - "who make our guests for today and stars for tomorrow," as Programme host Gary Marshal announced at the start of the show - was Elkie Brooks, who also went on to achieve fame , albeit several years hence.

The Beatles performed three songs on this programme, "Love me do, PS, I Love you, and Twist and Shout".

The Beatles - A Day in The Life : Monday, November 26, 1962

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

With the modest success of "Love Me Do", the Beatles were invited to return to EMI to record a second single. "Please Please Me", first aired in the studio on September 11th, was completed during this session, booked for 7:00-10:00 pm, but was finished 15 minutes ahead of time - 9:45. The group arrived at Abbey Road at 6:00 pm and had a short rehearsal prior to the session proper.

Including overdubs of John's distinctive harmonica wailing, "Please Please Me" was recorded in 18 takes and was chosen as the A-side. Then, after a short break, six takes of a re-make of "Ask Me Why" were taped (the first version having been recorded on June 6th) and the best was selected for the B-side. The Beatles also played to George Martin a third Lennon-McCartney number, "Tip Of My Tongue", but George was unhappy with the arrangement and said that it would have to be held over for another time. In fact, the Beatles never revived it, and it wasn't until July 1963 that it was recorded - by another Epstein artist, Tommy Quickly.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life : Sunday, November 25, 1962

Night Cavern club, Liverpool

The Beatles - A Day in The Life : 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 - A Day in The Life : 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 - A Day in The Life : Wednesday, November 22, 1962

Majestic Ballroom, Birkenhead

The Beatles - A Day in The Life : Wednesday, November 21, 1962

Cavern Club, Liverpool

Lunchtime and Night Gig

The Beatles - A Day in The Life : Tuesday, November 20, 1962

Floral Hall, Southport

Another two "house" theatre appearance.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life

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…
The Beatles - A Day in The Life

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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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