Beatles 50th Blog

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 14, 1964 (Wednesday)

Studio Four, Granada TV Centre, Manchester and ABC Cinema, Ardwick, Manchester

During the afternoon the Beatles made a rare return visit to the Granada TV Centre in Manchester, taping a mimed performance of "I Should Have Known Better". It was slotted into Scene At 6:30 on Friday, October 16 (6:30-7:00 pm), the eve of the second anniversary of their TV debut, on Granada's People And Places.

Backstage at the ABC the Beatles gave an interview to Manchester-based TV reporter David Tindall, broadcast in this evening's edition of the BBC1 local news-magazine programme Look North (6:35-7:00 pm). In sound only, the interview was repeated by the BBC North Home Service radio programme "The Week In The North" on Saturday, October 17th (9:30-10:00 am.)

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 13, 1964 (Tuesday)

ABC Cinema, Station Rd. Wigan, Lancashire

This was The Beatles' only visit to Wigan, a town in the north of England. It was the fourth date of their 1964 British tour.

The group performed two concerts on this evening, for which they were paid £850. Their set contained 10 songs: Twist And Shout, Money (That's What I Want), Can't Buy Me Love, Things We Said Today, I'm Happy Just To Dance With You, I Should Have Known Better, If I Fell, I Wanna Be Your Man, A Hard Day's Night and Long Tall Sally.

The support acts on the tour were The Rustiks, Sounds Incorporated, Michael Haslam, The Remo Four, Tommy Quickly and Mary Wells, and the compère was Bob Bain. The evening's two shows began at 6.20pm and 8.35pm.

The Odeon had opened in March 1938 as the Ritz, but was renamed in 1963. It closed in April 1997 and was demolished in 2002.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 12, 1964 (Monday)

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

Enjoying a day off from the tour, the Beatles may have attended this mix session at Abbey Road, George Martin and Norman Smith preparing mono and stereo mixes of "She's A Woman" between 10:00 and 10:30 am and then, in a 2:30 to 3:00 pm session, producing a mono mix of "Eight Days A Week". (At this point, "Eight Days A Week" was being considered as the A-side of the group's next single.)

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 11, 1964 (Sunday)

Odeon Cinema, New St. Birmingham, Warwickshire

17.00 and 19.45. Concerts

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 10, 1964 (Saturday)

A Hard Day's Night' LP number 1, 12th week (UK Record Retailer chart).

18.15 and 20.45. Concerts at the De Montfort Hall, Leicester.

Brian gets the British representation of the American group New Christy Minstrels, and plans to take them to the UK for one week of radio and television promotion in January.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 9, 1964 (Friday)

Gaumont Cinema, Bradford

This eagerly awaited British tour, the Beatles' only one in 1964, got underway in Bradford, as had the Helen Shapiro tour in February 1963 and that year's "Christmas Show".

On this tour, earning £850 for two "houses" per date, the Beatles' repertoire comprised "Twist And Shout", "Money (That's What I Want)", "Can't Buy Me Love", "Things We Said Today", "I'm Happy Just To Dance With You", "I Should Have Known Better", "If I Fell", "I Wanna Be Your Man", "A Hard Day's Night" and "Long Tall Sally".

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 8, 1964 (Thursday)

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

Intended not for the in-the-works LP but for a simultaneous single release, the Beatles recorded Paul's bluesy "She's A Woman" this day, beginning and completing it in just two sessions, 3:30-5:30 pm for the seven-take basic track and 7:00-10:00 pm for overdubs. The song was indicative of Paul's fast growing awareness of other forms of music, and the ease with which he could slip into those styles.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 7, 1964 (Wednesday)

Meeting of the Beatles, Brian and Walter Shenson to discuss plans for the next film.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 5, 1964 (Monday)

The Beatles not really doing anything today.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 4, 1964 (Sunday)

The Beatles had a day of rest today