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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Thursday, September 12, 1963-

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

On July 5th, Brian Epstein verbally agreed to the group undertaking a June 1964 concert tour of Australia, and on December 2nd the contract was formally signed. Now though, to satisfy demands from Australian radio, the group recorded four messages for broadcast there, three addressed directly to Bob Rogers (a DJ at the Sydney station 2SM) and one "open-message", to be used by any station. These semi-scripted, semi-spontaneous lines consisted of typically witty Beatles chatter and were the first of a number of speech items the group taped at EMI over the years.

The recordings were made between 2:30 and 6:30 pm along with ten takes of a re-make of "Hold Me Tight", first attempted for "Please Please Me" on February 11th, but completed more successfully this time around.

Between 7:00 and 11:30 pm, which meant running 90 minutes over the blocked time of 10:00, the Beatles set about another re-make, of George's Don't Bother Me", with ten takes needed to complete the recording, and then resumed work on two songs began the previous day, taping 16 more takes of "Little Child" and six more of "I Wanna Be Your Man".

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Wednesday, September 11, 1963-

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

Back to EMI for more work on the second album, to be released as "With The Beatles". From 2:30 to 6:00 pm the group recorded three new Lennon-McCartney numbers: one take of "I Wanna Be Your Man", Ringo's vocal vehicle on the album (the previous day, John and Paul had also given it to the Rolling Stones, they taped their version on October 7th, released it on November 1st and it was their first top 20 hit within a month), two takes of "Little Child" and 15 takes of "All I've Got To Do".

In the evening session, 7:00 to 10:15 pm, nine takes were recorded of another Lennon-McCartney song, "Not A Second Time", and the first seven of "Don't Bother Me", George Harrison's debut as a composer.

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Tuesday, September 10, 1963-

The Beatles had a day off.

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Monday, September 9, 1963-

The Beatles had a day off.

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Sunday, September 8, 1963-

The Beatles - ABC Theatre, Blackpool

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Saturday, September 7, 1963-

Before traveling to Croyden for their evening's work, the Beatles stopped off at the Playhouse Theatre in London to record a BBC radio session for Saturday Club - a special edition, it's fifth birthday show, 262 shows after the first broadcast on October 4, 1958, to be transmitted in the Light Programme on October 5th between 10:00 am and 12:00 noon. Quite apart from the world audience during the program's last 29 minutes, recent editions in the series had acheived a British audience of around nine million, a remarkably high figure.

Including rehearsal time, this session took place from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, the Beatles performing "I saw her standing there", "Memphis, Tennessee", "Happy Birthday Saturday Club", "I'll Get You", "She Loves You", and "Lucille". "Happy Birthday Saturday Club" was the group's short through appropriate ode to the anniversary, the composer details being officially noted on the program report as "Trad arr Lennon". The last three of the six songs were included in the broadcast by the BBC's General Overseas Service, 11:31-11:59 am.

After the Saturday Club recording, Paul gave a short solo interview to BBC Radio producer Rosemary Hart for a program in her Home Service Series "A World Of Sound". It was broadcast on Thursday, November 21st, 4:30-5:00 pm., in an edition sub-titled "Liverpool: A Swinging City".

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Friday, September 6, 1963-

The Beatles - Odeon Cinema, Dunstable Rd. Luton, Bedfordshire

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Thursday, September 5, 1963-

The Beatles - Gaumont Cinema, Taunton

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Wednesday, September 4, 1963-

The firts of a four-night run promoted by John Smith. Brian Epstein granted him this mini-tour because of the earlier cancellation of several "Mersey Beat Showcase" dates. The Beatles' fee was £250 per night.

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Tuesday, September 3, 1963-

Studio Two, Aeolian Hall, London

Recordings for the final three editions of the 15-part BBC Light Programme radio series "Pop Go The Beatles", taped in one long session. The first of the three was produced, as usual, by Terry Henebery, but the final two were handled by Ian Grant.

Including rehearsal time, Program 13 was recorded between 2:00 and 4:00 pm, the Beatles performing "Too Much Monkey Business", "Till THere Was You", "Love Me Do", "She Loves You", "I'll Get You", and "The Hippy Hippy Shake". During later editing, "A Taste Of Honey" (taped while making Program 14) was additionally inserted after "I'll Get You", making a total of seven Beatles performances in this show rather than the usual six. It was broadcast between 5:00 and 5:29 pm on Tuesday, September 10th, with separately taped guest act Johnny Kidd and the Pirates.

After a half-hour break, the 14th edition was recorded between 5:00 and 7:30 pm, the Beatles performing "Chains", "You Really Got A Hold On Me", "Misery", "A Taste Of Honey", "Lucille", "From Me To You", and "Boys". This show was broadcast between 5:00 and 5:29 pm on Tuesday, September 17th, with guests the Marauders.

After another 30-minute breather, the Beatles launched into the 3rd part of the session, for Program 15. Songs recorded were "She Loves You", "Ask Me Why", "There's a Devil in her Heart", "I saw her standing there", "Sure to fall (In love with you)" and "Twist and Shout". This final program in the series was broadcast between 5:00 and 5:29 pm on Tuesday, September 24th, with guests Tony Rivers and the Castaways, the nucleus of what would later become the Beatles Apple Publishing group Grapefruit, who contributed such old country numbers as John Loudermilk's "Abilene", a contemporary US hit for George Hamilton IV.

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