Beatles 50th Blog

The Beatles - A Day in The Life : Friday, July 5, 1963

Plaza Ballroom, Old Hill

The Beatles' second appearance at this venue, and a long-arranged date which Brian Epstein would have preferred to cancel but would not renege upon.

Also on the bill was local combo Denny and the Diplomats, led by Denny Laine, future member of the Moody Blues and, eventually, Paul's post-Beatles group, Wings.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life : Thursday, July 4, 1963

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

Mono mixing by George Martin of "She Loves You" and "I'll get you," 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The Beatles were probably absent, although they were certainly in London in the evening, popping along to the Scene Club in Soho for a second view of the RollingStones in live performance. They were accompanied this time by Peter Asher, brother of Jane and, later, half of the successful duo Peter and Gordon.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life : Wednesday, July 3, 1963

Playhouse Theatre, Manchester

This BBC radio session, for the Light Programme's "The Beat Show", was recorded at the Playhouse Theatre in Manchester, scene of the Beatles' first session for "Here we go in 1962". In fact, "The Beat Show" featured much the same content as "Here we go," the BBC Northern Dance Orchestra directed by Bernard Herrmann, and the Trad Lads. Only the presenter and producer were different, the host being Gay Byrne, also the affable link-man on the Granada TV programme "Scene At 6:30" on which the Beatles had featured.

After a 4:00 pm rehearsal, the programme was recorded live, in front of an audience, between 8:00 and 9:00, the Beatles performing "From Me To You", "A Taste Of Honey", and "Twist and Shout". It was broadcast the next lunchtime, 1:00-1:30 pm on Tuesday, July 4th.

Perhaps fearing over-exposure for the Beatles, and certainly now in a position to pick and choose their appearances, Brian Epstein cancelled several BBC radio contract at this time. This spot on "The Beat Show" only came about after he turned down June 17, June 18 and July 3rd recordings for "Here we go"; three more "Side by Side" sessions were cancelled too, to have taken place on July 2nd, July 10th, and August 23rd.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life : Tuesday, July 2, 1963

Studio Five, Maida Vale Studios, London

The four week trial of "Pop go the Beatles" had been a success, and the BBC booked another run, a further 11 programs, making 15 in total. These additional shows ran after only a two-week absence and featured a new host, Rodney Burke, replacing Lee Peters. The Beatles' disregard for names continued. Off air they had called Lee Peters "Pee Litres", on air at the start of the program, when the host said, "My name is Rodney Burke", John piped up "That's your fault!"

The Beatles taped their contribution to the fifth edition on this day, to be broadcast in the Light Programme on Tuesday, July 16th, between 5:00 and 5:29 pm. Rehearsal and recording took place at Maida Vale Studios between 6:30 and 9:30 pm. From the standpoint of musical versatility, no other Beatles session for BBC radio could match this, they began with a cover of Elvis Presley's "That's All Right (Mama)" and followed with their own "There's a Place", Chuck Berry's "Carol", Arthur Alexancer's "Soldier Of Love (Lay down your arms)", Carl Perkins' "Lend me your comb" and the Jodimars' "Clarabella". Yet more songs were recorded but not broadcast: the Coaster's "Three cool cats", Chuck Berry's "Sweet little sixteen" and their own "Ask me why". The Beatles' guest act in this edition was Duffy Power with the Graham Bond Quarter.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life : Monday, July 1, 1963

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

Compose in Newcastle-upon-Tyne the previous Wednesday, "She Loves You" - which was to become the Beatle's first million-selling single, yielding the "Yeah, yeah Yeah" catchphrase so loved by the media was recording during a 345-minute session the day at EMI, as was it's B-side "I'll get you" (known at this point by it's working title, "Get you in the end".

The session was arranged for 2:30-5:30 pm, instead it ran from 5:00-10:45, however, existing EWI paperwork does not document the number of "takes" it took for the two songs to be recorded.

"She Loves You" was issued by EMI on Friday, August 23rd; British sales passed the half-million milestone on November 27th. The single also achieved the very rare feat of enjoying two separate spells at number one, originally occupying the summit for four weeks, spending a further seven in the top three and then returning to the top for two more.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life : Sunday, June 30, 1963

ABC Cinema, Regent Rd. Gt Yarmouth, Norfolk

The first date in a ten-week run of engagements at seaside resorts. On this night, the Beatle's repertoire comprised "Some other guy", "Thank you, Girl", "Do you want to know a secret", "Misery", "A taste of honey", "I saw her standing there", "Love me do", "From me to you", "Baby, it's you", "Please Please me", and "Twist and Shout". The compere was Ted Rogers.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life : Saturday, June 29, 1963

Today, the Beatles took a break.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life : Friday, June 28, 1963

Queen's Hall, Sovereign St. Leeds, Yorkshire

Three thousand, two hundred people crammed into the vast Queen's Hall to see the Beatles share the bill with Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life : Thursday, June 27, 1963

The Beatle's decided to take off today.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life : Wednesday, June 26, 1963

Majestic Ballroom, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

The Beatle's last performance in a Top Rank ballroom, although they were to continue utilizing the company's extensive cinema and theatre network.

After the show, in their Newcastle hotel room, John and Paul wrote the A-side of the Beatle's next single, "She loves you".