Beatles 50th Blog

The Beatles 50 years ago today: July 29, 1964 (Wednesday)

This was The Beatles’ second consecutive night of concerts at the Johanneshovs Isstadion in Stockholm, Sweden. As on the previous night, they performed two shows.

The Beatles performed two shows on this night, at 6.45pm and 10pm. They topped a bill which also featured The Kays, The Moonlighters, The Streaplers, Jimmy Justice, The Mascots and The Shanes.

The Beatles also made an appearance on Swedish television on this day. They discussed their plans for the future, and John Lennon recited his poem Good Dog Nigel, from In His Own Write.

The Beatles 50 years ago today: July 28, 1964 (Tuesday)

Johanneshovs Isstadion, Sanstuvagen, Stockholm, Sweden

The Beatle's second visit to Sweden inside ten months saw them give four performances over two nights at this 8500 seat ice hockey arena, at 6:45 and 10:00 each night. On two occasions they played to less than capacity audiences. During the first show, Paul received a mild electric shock from an unearthed microphone. John, too, suffered a jolt.

The Beatles 50 years ago today: July 27, 1964 (Monday)

The Beatles are preparing for their visit to Sweden while A Hard Day's Night is on top of the charts.

The Beatles 50 years ago today: July 26, 1964 (Sunday)

Opera House, Church St. Blackpool, Lancashire

The number one song in the US on July 26, 1964 was A Hard Day's Night by The Beatles.

The Beatles 50 years ago today: July 25, 1964 (Saturday)

Studio Four, Television Centre, London

Just as John had done on June 22, 1963, so now George and Ringo appeared individually as members of the panel on Juke Box Jury, the record-review programme transmitted by BBC1 early each Saturday evening.

Sharing the panel with George was actress/model Alexandra Bastedo, comic actor Reg Varney and singer Carole Ann Ford, and together they reviewed "I Should Have Known Better" by the Naturals (a cover of the Beatle's song), "What Am I To You" by Kenny Lynch, "Soulful Dress" by Sugar Pie De Santo, "How Can I Tell her" by the Fourmost, "Heart", by David Nelson, "Spanish Harlem" by Sounds Incorporated, "All Grown Up" by the Crystals, "She's Not There" by the Zombies and "Aint' Love Good, Ain't Love Proud" by Tony Clarke.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : July 24, 1964 (Friday)

Top #5 songs in the USA

  • The Beach Boys - I Get Around
  • The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night
  • The 4 Seasons - Rag Doll
  • Johnny Rivers - Memphis
  • Jan & Dean - The Little Old Lady (From Pasadena)

Top #5 songs in the UK

  • The Rolling Stones - It's All Over Now
  • The Animals - House Of The Rising Sun
  • The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night
  • Roy Orbison - It's Over
  • PJ Proby - Hold Me
The Beatles 50 years ago today: July 23, 1964 (Thursday)

London Palladium, London

A special midnight revue, The Night Of A Hundred Star, in aid of the "Combined Theatrical Charities Appeals Council", featuring an array of illustrious names from all walks of show business (Sir Laurence Olivier and Judy Garland, to name but two). Representing "Pop Music", the Beatles acted out a flying ballet sketch (I'm Flying) in part one of the show, which necessitated them being winched up high above the stage, and performed a brief musical set in part two.

Mark Lewisohn-The Complete Beatles Chronicle

The Beatles 50 years ago today: July 22, 1964 (Wednesday)
  • July 22, 1963 "The Beatles release ""Introducing the Beatles"""

The Beatles 50 years ago today: July 21, 1964 (Tuesday)

The Beatles are in-between-shows

The Beatles 50 years ago today: July 20, 1964 (Monday)

Capitol Records third Beatles album was released on July 20, 1964 in both mono and stereo.  The company also continued their policy of “Beatles ‘over saturation’ by releasing two more singles that same day: ‘I’ll Cry Instead’ b/w ‘I’m Happy Just To Dance With You’ and ‘And I Love Her’ b/w ‘If I Fell’.  Entering the Billboard album chart on August 8, it became the first Capitol Beatles release to not hit #1, peaking at #2 for 9 weeks.  The album that kept it out of the top spot? ‘A Hard Days Night’.

Nine of the eleven tracks were written by Lennon-McCartney.  The two exceptions were covers of Larry Williams ‘Slow Down’ and Carl Perkins (one of George Harrison’s favorite artists) classic Sun track ‘Matchbox’.  The album stayed on Billboard’s chart for a total of 41 weeks, eventually selling over 2,000,000 copies.

The recently released CD contains both mono and stereo versions of the album.  The mono version of ‘I’ll Cry Instead’ is the longer version with an extra verse repeated clocking in at 2:09 while the true stereo version (not featured on the ‘A Hard Days Night’ album does not have the verse repeated and is only 1:49 long.  The mono versions of ‘And I Love Her’ and ‘If I Fell’ are the American single versions with Paul and John’s voices single tracked on the first verse of each song.  The stereo versions are double tracked vocals throughout.  In fact all of the stereo mixes are the same masters that were used on the 2009 remasters of the British albums.