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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 18, 1964 (Sunday)-

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

Scarcely baulking at the idea of having to record during this break from their concert tour, and a Sunday at that, the Beatles put in a solid nine hours' work at Abbey Road, starting and completing the recording of six new album tracks and the A-side of their next single.

Working from 2:30 to 11:30 pm - a late finish by any standard, even more so considering they had to give two performances in Edinburgh the next evening - the Beatles first completed the October 6th recording of "Eight Days A Week" with two edit pieces, one for the intro (not used) and the other for outro (used), and then set about the new material.

Only two of the six new recordings were Lennon-McCartney songs, and one of these was already several years old. For the others, the Beatles dived into their memories and returned with four songs from their pre-fame stage act. First to be taped (in just two takes but the first was 'best') was Little Richard's medley of "Kansas City"/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!, next was a re-make of Dr. Feelgood and the Interns' Mr. Moonlight", improving upon the August 14th recording with four more takes, next was the new single, John's "I Feel Fine" (nine takes); Paul's late-1950's composition "I'll Follow The Sun" (eight), Carl Perkins' "Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby" (just one take), Chuck Berry's "Rock And Roll Music" (just one take) and Buddy Holly's "Words of Love" (three takes).

"I Feel Fine", released as the Beatles next single on Friday, November 27th (backed with "She's A Woman") gave public warning that recording studio experimentation was afoot, its distinctive opening sound being deliberately-administered amplifier feedback.


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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 17, 1964 (Saturday)-

The Beatles took a rest today.

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 16, 1964 (Friday)-

ABC Cinema, Hull

While George Martin was busy in Studio One at Abbey Road, 2:30 to 5:30 pm, producing two mono mixes of "No Reply", the Beatles were about to arrive in Hull for their night's work at the ABC. After this date the tour resumed on the 19th.

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 15, 1964 (Thursday)-

Globe Cinema, Stockton-on-Tees

The Beatles' first visit to Stockton-on-Tee had occurred on the same day (November 22, 1963) that President Kennedy was assasinated. This second and last visit to the north-east town coincided with a General Election in the United Kingdom, which returned the Labour Party, headed by Harold Wilson, to government after 13 years of Conservative rule. In their Stockton hotel room, the Beatles were visited by an interviewer and camera crew from local ITV station Tyne Tees and asked, among discussion about other subjects, about their voting intentions. The item was held over for a day and then transmitted in the news-magazine programme North-East Newsview on October 16 (6;35-7:00 pm).

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 14, 1964 (Wednesday)-

Studio Four, Granada TV Centre, Manchester and ABC Cinema, Ardwick, Manchester

During the afternoon the Beatles made a rare return visit to the Granada TV Centre in Manchester, taping a mimed performance of "I Should Have Known Better". It was slotted into Scene At 6:30 on Friday, October 16 (6:30-7:00 pm), the eve of the second anniversary of their TV debut, on Granada's People And Places.

Backstage at the ABC the Beatles gave an interview to Manchester-based TV reporter David Tindall, broadcast in this evening's edition of the BBC1 local news-magazine programme Look North (6:35-7:00 pm). In sound only, the interview was repeated by the BBC North Home Service radio programme "The Week In The North" on Saturday, October 17th (9:30-10:00 am.)

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 13, 1964 (Tuesday)-

ABC Cinema, Station Rd. Wigan, Lancashire

This was The Beatles' only visit to Wigan, a town in the north of England. It was the fourth date of their 1964 British tour.

The group performed two concerts on this evening, for which they were paid £850. Their set contained 10 songs: Twist And Shout, Money (That's What I Want), Can't Buy Me Love, Things We Said Today, I'm Happy Just To Dance With You, I Should Have Known Better, If I Fell, I Wanna Be Your Man, A Hard Day's Night and Long Tall Sally.

The support acts on the tour were The Rustiks, Sounds Incorporated, Michael Haslam, The Remo Four, Tommy Quickly and Mary Wells, and the compère was Bob Bain. The evening's two shows began at 6.20pm and 8.35pm.

The Odeon had opened in March 1938 as the Ritz, but was renamed in 1963. It closed in April 1997 and was demolished in 2002.

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 12, 1964 (Monday)-

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

Enjoying a day off from the tour, the Beatles may have attended this mix session at Abbey Road, George Martin and Norman Smith preparing mono and stereo mixes of "She's A Woman" between 10:00 and 10:30 am and then, in a 2:30 to 3:00 pm session, producing a mono mix of "Eight Days A Week". (At this point, "Eight Days A Week" was being considered as the A-side of the group's next single.)

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 11, 1964 (Sunday)-

Odeon Cinema, New St. Birmingham, Warwickshire

17.00 and 19.45. Concerts

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 10, 1964 (Saturday)-

A Hard Day's Night' LP number 1, 12th week (UK Record Retailer chart).

18.15 and 20.45. Concerts at the De Montfort Hall, Leicester.

Brian gets the British representation of the American group New Christy Minstrels, and plans to take them to the UK for one week of radio and television promotion in January.

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 9, 1964 (Friday)-

Gaumont Cinema, Bradford

This eagerly awaited British tour, the Beatles' only one in 1964, got underway in Bradford, as had the Helen Shapiro tour in February 1963 and that year's "Christmas Show".

On this tour, earning £850 for two "houses" per date, the Beatles' repertoire comprised "Twist And Shout", "Money (That's What I Want)", "Can't Buy Me Love", "Things We Said Today", "I'm Happy Just To Dance With You", "I Should Have Known Better", "If I Fell", "I Wanna Be Your Man", "A Hard Day's Night" and "Long Tall Sally".

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