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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Monday, February 18, 1963-

Another NEMS Enterprises showcase, with 2 separate "houses" at the Queen's Hall, Widnes. Both were sell-outs.

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Sunday, February 17, 1963-

Teddington Studio Center on Broom Rd. In Teddington, Middlesex

The Beatles 2nd appearance on ABC Television's "Thank your lucky stars", one of the most influential TV programs in Britain (before Top of the Pops) taped this time at the company's Teddington Studio Center southwest of London. Rehearsal was at 11:00 am and recorded the program later in the afternoon, miming to one song, "Please please me". It was transmitted across most of the U.K. on Saturday, February 23rd, between 5:50 and 6:30 pm. They now had risen to 3rd placing on the 7-act bill, the star of this particular edition, Billy Fury, for whom the amateur Silver Beetles had auditioned on May 10, 1960.

A brief extract from this performance was repeated in the March 2nd Sunday edition on ABC At Large.

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Saturday, February 16, 1963-

The Beatles at the Carfax Assembly Rooms, on Cornmarket St. in Oxford, Oxfordshire.

A one nighter at this city center venue and the Beatle's first booking with John Smith, one of the top London promoters.

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Friday, February 15, 1963-

The Beatles at the Ritz Ballroom, King's Heath, Birmingham. This engagement which was postponed from January 11. The situation was ideal for the Ritz promoters who presented a group now featuring in the top 3 of the singles chart at the same cost as when they were an unknown act.

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Thursday, February 14, 1963-

The Beatles at the Locarno Ballroom, West Derby Rd. in Liverpool.

A special Valentine's Day dance. It was the Beatles' first appearance at this Liverpool ballroom, although the Quarry Men did perform here a few times in late 1950's skiffle contests.

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Wednesday, February 13, 1963-

The Beatles at the Majestic Ballroom, Hull

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Tuesday, February 12, 1963-

The Beatles were at the Azena Ballroom, on White lLn. Gleadless, Sheffield, Yorkshire and Astoria Ballroom, on King St. Oldham, Lancashire

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Monday, February 11, 1963-

So, it really wasn't unusual for pop groups in 1963 to record an entire album in one day - quality and care were forsaken but budgets were adhered to. What was rare was the Beatles' ability to turn out a brilliant debut album under these circumstances. Please Please Me, the 14-track LP for which all ten recordings were made this day, remains a first-class collection of great performances. There can scarcely have been 585 more productive minutes in the history of recorded music.

Only two sessions (10:00 am to 1:00 pm and 2:30 to 5:30 pm were originally booked, the 2nd session ended at 6:00 and a third, 7:30 to 10:45, was added. The Beatles weren't fully fit, John had a bad cold which affected his voice. Tea, milk, cigarettes and "Soothing and Comforting" Zubes lozenges helped.

A basic run-down of the day: They reached 10 takes of "There's a place" and nine of a song at this point titled "Seventeen" (later changed to "I saw her standing there") Then 7 takes of "A taste of honey", 8 of "Do you want to know a secret", 3 more of "There's a place" 3 more of "I saw her standing there" and 11 of "Misery".

13 takes of "Hold me tight" (this song would remain unreleased until a re-make recorded on September 12, 1963 was included on the group's second album with "With the Beatles",  3 takes of "Anna (Go to him), one of "Boys", 4 of "Chains", 3 of "Baby it's you" and finally, the closing number, 2 takes of "Twist and Shout" (the first of which was chosen for the album).

An article in the February 22nd edition of NEW MUSICAL EXPRESS, and later in POP WEEKLY (probably the work of the same author), suggested that the Beatles also recorded a version of "Keep your hands off my baby" at this session. But the complete set of the day's recording sheets do not mention this title, nor does it appear in the tape library log.

Please Please Me was released in Britain on Friday, March 22, 1963 where it was the best-selling LP for 30 straight weeks, until it was dislodged by "With the Beatles".

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Sunday, February 10, 1963-

THE BEATLES ACTUALLY TOOK A DAY OFF TODAY, 50 YEARS AGO.......

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Saturday, February 9, 1963-

For the Beatles, these Sunderland shows marked the last night of the Shapiro tour's first leg, to be resumed on February 23rd. The Beatles did not participate in two February 10th "houses" at the Embassy Cinema in Peterborough (where their place on the bill was temporarily filled by Peter Jan and the Jaywalkers) because they had to be in London first thing in the morning on February 11, ready to record.

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