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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20, 1963-

Ritz Ballroom, Promenade, Rhyl, Flintshire

Two sold-out nights by the Beatles in North Wales, a year after their Rhyl/Wales debut in the ballroom above Burton's tailor shop. The group returned to Liverpool immediately after the 2nd of the Saturday "Houses".

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Thursday, July 18, 1963-

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

Originally booked for 6:00 to 10:00 pm, the Beatles recorded in EMI studio Two from 7:00 to 10:45, beginning sessions for their 2nd album with the taping of four songs, all cover versions - "You really got a hold on me" (11 takes), "Money (That's what I want) (seven), "(There's A) Devil in her heart" (six) and "Till there was you" (three).

Such sessions for this 2nd album revealed the maturity which the Beatles had already gained inside the recording studio, the cover of "Smokey Robinson and the Miracles", "You really got a hold on me" being a superb reading of another artist's work.

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Wednesday, July 17, 1963-

Playhouse Theatre, London

Yet another BBC radio recording, this time for the Sunday morning pop show East Beat, transmitted in the Light Programme on July 21st between 10:31 and 11:30 am.

The program was taped between 8:45 and 9:45 pm before it's usual teenage audience. The Beatles performed four songs, "I saw her standing there", "A shot of rhythm and blues", "There's a place", and "Twist and shout".

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Tuesday, July 16, 1963-

BBC Paris Studio, London

The Beatles taped three editions of their Light Programme radio series "Pop Go the Beatles", in this one day.

Working at the Paris Studio, they rehearsed and recorded Program 8 between 3:00 and 5:30 pm, Program 9 between 6:00 and 8:30 pm, Program 10 between 8:45 and 10:30, transmissions were on August 6th, 13th, and 20th, each between 5:00 and 5:29 pm. (Guest groups in the three shows were the "Swinging Blue Jeans, "The Hollies", and "Russ Sainty and the Nu-Notes.)

The Beatles failed to meet the appointed time of 10:30 am for the first recording (which would have been at the Playhouse Theatre in London) and then opted to make three shows this day than rather leaving the recording of Program 10 until the 17th, for when it had been scheduled at the Playhouse between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm.

In Program 8, they performed "I'm gonna sit right down and and cry (over you)", "Crying, Waiting, Hoping", "Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey", "To Know her is to love her", "The Honeymoon Song", and "Twist and Shout". In the 9th show they featured, "Long Tall Sally", "Please Please Me", "She Loves You", "You Really got a Hold on me", "I'll Get you" and "I Got a Woman".

In Program 10, the Beatles played "She Loves You", (although broadcast actually repeated the version from the 9th show), "Words of Love", "Glad All Over", "I Just Don't Understand", "There's a Devil in her Heart", and "Slow Down".

The Beatles February 1963 recording session at EMI has gone down in popular music history, the group taping all ten new tracks for the debut album in one day. But on this day, July 16th, in less time, the group actually taped 18 new tracks, with only one repetition, and considerable on-mike conversation, too. A remarkable feat!

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Monday, July 15, 1963-

The Beatles took off today.......

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Sunday, July 14, 1963-

The Beatles at ABC Theatre, Blackpool

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Saturday, July 13, 1963-

The Beatles at the Winter Gardens, Fort Crescent, Margate, Kent all week

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Friday, July 12, 1963-

The Beatles at the Winter Gardens, Fort Crescent, Margate, Kent all week

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Thursday, July 11, 1963-

The Beatles at the Winter Gardens, Fort Crescent, Margate, Kent all week

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Wednesday, July 10, 1963-

Studio Two, Aeolian Hall, London

Six consecutive nights in Margate, two "houses" each, for which the Beatles repertoire comprised "Roll over Beethoven", "Thank You Girl", "Chains", "Please Please me", "A taste of honey", "I saw her standing there", "Baby, It's you", "From me to you", and "Twist and Shout".

With the commitment of their BBC Light Programme radio series, "Pop go the Beatles", the group were obliged to return to London early in the morning of Wednesday, July 10th to record two shows, for transmission on Tuesdays (July 23th and July 30th) respectively, both from 5:00 to 5:29 pm. Program six was rehearsed and recorded from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm, Program seven from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. After that, the group made a mad dash back to Margate, in order to appear in the first "house" of the evening at the Winter Gardens.

In Program six, the Beatles performed "Sweet Little Sixteen", "A Taste of Honey", "Nothin' Shakin' (But the leaves on the tree), "Love me Do", "Lonesome Tears in my Eyes", and "So How Come" (No One Loves Me).

In the seventh show they played "Memphis, Tennessee", "Do you want to know a secret", "Till there was you", "Matchbox", "Please, Mister Postman", and "The Hippy Hippy Shake".

The Beatles guests in these two programs were Carter-Lewis and the Southerners and the Searchers, respectively.

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