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

The Beatles were off today in history....

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

The Beatles - Coventry Theatre, Germany

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

Winter Gardens Theatre, Exeter Rd. Bournemouth, Hampshire

News of Beatlemania was beginning to spread abroad. Three different camera teams from the major North American television networks, NBC, ABC and CBS - filmed parts of this Beatles performance and the audience hysterics. Reports went into US television news programs on November 18, 19, and 21st and December 7th.

In the CBS item, reporter Alexander Kendrick was particularly condescending. Talking of the group's fans he declared, "Some of the girls can write" and spoke of the Beatle's "Dishmop hairstyles". The Beatles were seen entering the Winter Gardens Theatre and playing "She Loves You" on stage, (the disc version was overdubbed for TV). John and Paul also gave a short interview with another reporter, Josh Darsa. In punning, lofty fashion, Kendrick then concluded, "They symbolise the 20th century non-hero, as the make non-music, wear non-haircuts and give non-mersey".

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

The Beatles - Colston Hall, Bristol

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

The Beatles - ABC Cinema, Exeter

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

Westward Television Studios, Derry's Cross, Plymouth, Devonshire and ABC Cinema, George St. Plymouth, Devonshire

Being that they were in Plymouth, the Beatles consented to an approach from Westward Television (which then held the ITV franchise for programming south-west England) to give a brief interview to presenter Stuart Hutchinson for the local teenage program "Move Over, Dad" (billed as "A gay new show with the accent on the beat of the young"). It was included in the next edition of the series, Saturday, November 16th, (5:15 to 5:45 pm).

But such was the chaos outside the ABC Cinema, where the group was ensconced in their dressing room, that they had to be smuggled out of a side door and into a side door of the adjacent Athenaeum Theatre. Westward occasionally used the theatre as an annex studio, and direct access could be gained to the company's main studio block, in Derry's Cross, via a connecting tunnel. The Beatles followed this route in order to appear on "Move Over, Dad", and then repeated the exercise in the other direction, back to the ABC for the night's two "houses".

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

Guildhall, Portsmouth (postponed)

Hampshire's teenage population went into veritable mourning when a gastric flu virus hit Paul McCartney and caused postponement of the Beatle's Portsmouth shows this evening. They were soon re-scheduled for Tuesday, December 3rd.

Not postponed but cancelled (that is, never re-arranged) was a mimed musical appearance on the Southern Television magazine program "Day By Day", scheduled to have been taped during the early afternoon at the Company's Southhampton studios and transmitted this evening, 6:05 to 6:45 pm. Instead, in the Guildhall dressing room, they gave a short interview to Jeremy James which was broadcast in the same program.

The Beatles also appeared on this evening's local BBC TV magazine program, "South Today", 6:10 to 6:30, in an interview with reporter John Johnston taped earlier at their Southsea hotel, the Royal Beach.

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

The Beatles had a break today

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

The Beatles - Hippodrome Theatre, Birmingham

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

Granada Cinema, East Ham, London

Backstage before the show, with news hot from EMI, George Martin announced to the Beatles that their forthcoming single, "I Want To Hold Your Hand", looked likely to sell one million copies in advance of release. Later on, still before the release date, sales did actually top the million mark - the first time this feat had been acheived in Britain.

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