Beatles 50th Blog

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 23, 1964 (Monday)

Wembley Studios, Wembley

Beatlemania, coupled with the enviable position to dictate terms, now ruled out any possibility that the Beatles might make another live appearance on Ready, Steady, Go! So on this Monday afternoon, before a clapping and dancing audience at Rediffusion's studios in Wembley, north of London, the beatles taped a four-song performance for  insertion onto the following Friday's edition of the series (November 27, 6:08-7:00 pm), miming to "I Feel Fine", "She's A Woman", "Baby's In Black" and "Kansas City"/"Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!" They also chatted with programme host Keith Fordyce. It was the Beatle's third and final RSG! appearance as a group.

The Complete Beatles Chronicle - Mark Lewison

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 22, 1964 (Sunday)

No events today - The Beatles didn't work everyday, Ya' know.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 21, 1964 (Saturday)

No events happened today, 50 years ago for The Beatles.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 20, 1964 (Friday)

Wimbledon Common, London

John had latterly made the acquaintance of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore; he had also appeared alongside Norman Rossington in A Hard Day's Night. So for the first edition of a new Light Entertainment series for BBC Television, in which Moore was set to star and Cook and Rossington to guest, there was a fair chance that John may be involved, too. On November 4th, Rossington and the new series' producer, Joe McGrath, visited John backstage at the Ritz Cinema in Luton and invited him to participate. At this time Moore's series was still untitled, nearer the broadcast it was named Not Only....But Also, Cook eventually assumed a co-starring role, and the two continued to make excellent programmes under this title until 1970. This first edition, with John, went out on BBC2 on Saturday, January 9, 1965, 9:20-10:00 pm.

John's involvement was two-fold. On this day, November 20th, he, Moore and Rossington shot a surrealistic film sequence to accompany the reading of his In His Own Write piece, "Deaf Ted, Danoota, (and me)". The shoot location was Wimbledon Common, in south-west London; precise times of arrival/departure are not known, but they worked early and had completed the work before mid-morning. The remainder of his contribution was taped on Sunday, November 29th.

The Complete Beatles Chronicle - Mark Lewiston

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 19, 1964 (Thursday)

No events happened 50 years ago - The Beatles probably just took a rest today.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 18, 1964 (Wednesday)

No events for the Beatles 50 years ago today.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 17, 1964 (Tuesday)

Playhouse Theatre, London

This session for BBC radio, the Beatles 50th music programme contribution since 1962 - was another insert into the new series Top Gear, for broadcast in the Light Programme on Thursday, November 26th, between 10:00 and 12:00 pm. Taping took place from 7:30 to 11:30 pm (including rehearsal time) at the Playhouse.

The group recorded six songs: "I'm a Loser", "Honey Don't", "She's A Woman", "Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby", "I'll Follow The Sun" and "I Feel Fine", and took part once again in a playful interview with show host Brian Matthew.

The Complete Beatles Chronicle - Mark Lewiston

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 16, 1964 (Monday)

Studio Two, Riverside Studios, Crisp Rd. Hammersmith, London

A video-taping session for Top of the The Pops, shot at the Riverside Studios in west London (then leased esclusively by the BBC). On hand from 2:00 to 5:00 pm, inclusive of rehearsal time, the group mimed to the A and B-sides of their new single, "I feel Fine" and "She's A Woman". Both went into the edition of Thursday, December 3rd, broadcast by BBC1 from 7:30 to 8:00 pm. "She's A Woman" was then repeated on Thursday, December 24th, between 7:25 and 8:25 pm. (This latter programme also included a repeat of the "A Hard Day's Night" video-tape shot on July 7th, and a new interview with the Beatles filmed in London on Tuesday, December 22nd).

The Complete Beatles Chronicle - Mark Lewiston

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 15, 1964 (Sunday)

The Beatles took a rest today.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 14, 1964 (Saturday)

Teddington Studio Centre, Teddington

A 1:00 to 5:00 pm visit to ABC Television in Teddington to rehearse and then video-tape, without an audience, a show-closing contribution to the following Saturday's edition of Thank Your Lucky Stars (November 21, 5:50 - 6:35 pm). They mimed to four songs, "I Feel Fine", "She's A Woman", I'm A Loser" and "Rock and Roll Music". To have the Beatles back on the show was deemed such a coup by ABC executives that the re-named this edition Lucky Stars Special in their honor.

As well as performing, the group participated in a humorous opening skit, in which, after delivering a short speech, Ringo pulled a cord to lift the covering from an adjacent statue. The statue turned out to be the real life show host Brian Matthew, who promptly introduced the first act. The Beatles then popped up again just before the programme's only commercial break, giving the thumbs-up when Matthew announced that they would play in part two of the programme, following which they draped the cover back over him!