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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Wednesday, October 9, 1963-

BBC Paris Studio, London

The BBC radio session was not for a pop programme but for "The Ken Dodd Show", a 30 minute collection of comedy sketches and sound effects starring Liverpulian comedian Ken Dodd - on whose charity bill at the Albany Cinema in Maghull the scarcely known Beatles had inappropriately belted out rock and roll numbers only two years previously.

The Beatles did not participate in any of Dodd's comedy sketches: their sole contribution was to perform the show's one musical interlude, "She Loves You". It was taped in the middle of the programme, before a studio audience at the Paris, between 10:00 and 11:00 pm. (The Beatles had also participated in the rehearsal, from 6:30 pm)

The show was broadcast in the "Light Programme" on Sunday, November 3rd between 2:30 and 3:00 pm (any listener staying tuned to this waveband would have heard the Beatles in the following progamme too, "The Public Ear" and was repeated on Wednesday, November 6th (8:00-8:30 pm) and again on Saturday, February 1, 1964 (1:10-1:40 pm).

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Tuesday, October 8, 1963-

Today, the Beatles rested.......

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Monday, October 7, 1963-

The Beatles at Caird Hall, City Square, Dundee, Angus

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Sunday, October 6, 1963-

Carlton Theatre, Arcade Halls, Sinclairtown, Kirkcaldy, Fifeshire

A concert presented by the managment of Kirkcaldy's Raith Ballroom, unable to use their own premises because of Brian Epstein's new ruling that, where possible, the Beatles would perform only in proper theatres. Fifteen hundred people attended each of the two "houses".

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Saturday, October 5, 1963-

Concert Hall, Argyle St. Glasgow, Lanarkshire

The first of a three-night mini tour of Scotland, promoted by Alvert Bonici under his exclusive north-of-the-border agreement with Brian Epstein.

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Friday, October 4, 1963-

Studio Nine, Television House, Kingsway, London

The Beatles' debut on the televsion show most synonymous in Britain with the so-called "Swinging Sixties", and equally synonymous - in London, with Friday evenings (The Weekend Starts Here!) - Ready, Steady, GO!

This edition of RSG! like most until March 26, 1965, was broadcast live (although the performers always mimed) from Studio Nine at the Television House headquarters of London's weekday ITV franchise Associated-Rediffusion, situated by the Aldwych. The series had begun on August 2nd although, for the first few months, it was not fully networked around Britain.

Following an afternoon camera rehearsal, the Beatles performed three songs, "Twist And Shout", "I'll Get You", and "She Loves You". Teenagers danced around the Beatles' small podium while they performed. They were also interviewed by show host Keith Fordyce and by singer Dusty Springfield, a decidedly cheeky affair with, at one point, John asking Dusty to reveal her scabs. The program was transmitted form 6:15-7:00 pm.

The November 8th editon of Ready, Steady, GO! carried a repeat of "She Loves You" performance while a special edition on December 31st (subtitled "The New Year Starts Here!), 11:15 pm - 12:15 am, repeated this entire three-song set.

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Thursday, October 3, 1963-

Studio Three, EMI Studios, London

and NEMS Enterprises, Monmouth Street, London

All of the Beatles but George arrived back in England on Wednesday, October 2nd. He returned this day although after this 10:00 am-1:00 pm session at EMI which saw Ringo, overdub a new vocal onto "I wanna be your man" and John and Paul do likewise for "Little Child".

During the mid-afternoon, with George, the Beatles made the 1st of 3 appearances on the BBC radio program "The Public Ear", a spoken-word magazine for which the Beatles' contributions were always of the interview variety. It was a series to which the group listened when on tour.

This interview - taped by the program's features assistant Michael Colley at NEMS' 13 Monmouth Street office - went into the edition transmitted in the Light Programme from 3:00 to 4:00 pm on Sunday, November 3rd, as part of a fascinating, almost 12 minute feature devoted to them and the "Mersey Beat" boom. Interviews with Bill Harry, Pete Best, Millie Sutcliffe (mother of the late Stuart), "beat poet" Royston Ellis (whom the Beatles had backed at the Jacaranda Coffee Bar in Liverpool one night in May 1960) and members of the public were also featured. The item was narrated by broadcaster Tony Hall, a much respected figure in the British record industry and personal friend and central London neighbor of the Beatles.

Note: The Public Ear was considered such an interesting program that some editons were re-broadcast in revised form on the Home Service as "In the Public Ear". The Beatles' interview elements from Colley's feature were included in such a program on January 14, 1964, 9:00-9:30 pm.

Ringo left the NEMS office immediately after the interview was over and drove to Southend to see a package show concert at the Odeon Cinema featuring the Everly Brothers, Bo Diddley and the Rolling Stones.

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Wednesday, October 2, 1963-

The Beatles enjoying their last day of Holiday........

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Tuesday, October 1, 1963-

The Beatles still on Vacation......................

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Monday, September 30 1963-

The Beatles were still away on holidays when a 10:00am-1:15pm editing, overdubbing and mixing session took place this day in Studio Two at Abbey Road. "Little Child" and "Hold Me Tight" were edited, George Martin recorded additional keyboard passages for "Money (That's What I Want)" and "I Wanna Be Your Man", and then "All I've Got To Do", "Don't Bother Me", "Little Child", "Hold Me Tight" and "Not A Second Time" were mixed into Mono.

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