- The Beatles' single "A Hard Day's Night" enters the UK chart, a fortnight after the release of the film of the same name.
BBC Paris Studio, London
This second BBC Radio recording session inside four days - a schedule reminiscent of 1963, took place at the Paris between 2:15 and 6:15 pm (inclusive of rehearsal time). The object was the recording of the Beatle's fourth consecutive "bank holiday" special From Us To You, to be transmitted in the Light Programme from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon on Monday, August 3rd. The host this time was Don Wardell, more usually heard as a presenter on Radio Luxembourg and as late a prominent US record industry executive.
The program comprised the usual mix, a chat with the host, the reading of listener's requests, and eight numbers, in this instance "Long Tall Sally", "If I Fell", "I'm Happy Just To Dance With You", Things We Said Today", "I Should Have Known Better", "Boys", "Kansas City"/"Hey Hey Hey", and "A Hard Day's Night". The program also opened and closed with the now familiar recording of "From Us To You", but there was an unfamiliar voice reading the closing credits, that of John Lennon.
The Complete Beatles Chronicle - LS
|A1||I Saw Her Standing There|
|A3||You Can't Do That|
|A4||All My Lovin'|
|A5||She Loves You|
|B1||Till There Was You|
|B2||Roll Over Beethoven|
|B3||Can't Buy Me Love|
|B5||Farewell & Dedication|
The A Hard Day's Night single is #1 for the 1st week and With The Beatles is 24th week in the Top 30.
ABC-TV broadcasts the program "The Road To Beatlemania.
John Lennon buys Kenwood, his home in Weybridge.
Studios B7/S2, Broadcasting House, London
The Beatles made an appearance on the first edition of the BBC radio show Top Gear, a weekly late-night pop music programme, on this day.
Not to be confused with the BBC television show of the same name about motor vehicles, Top Gear was produced by Bernie Andrews, who had worked on the Saturday Club radio show, and was presented by Brian Matthew. This first episode was broadcast two days after the recording, on the BBC Light Programme service, from 10pm on 16 July 1964.
The Beatles recorded six songs between 7 and 11pm at London’s Broadcasting House. They performed Long Tall Sally, Things We Said Today, A Hard Day’s Night, And I Love Her, If I Fell and You Can’t Do That.
This was the only occasion in which The Beatles performed And I Love Her outside EMI Studios. The song never made it into their stage repertoire, despite its popularity, and the group never performed it during their other numerous television and radio appearances.
George Martin was supposed to have joined The Beatles to play the piano solo on A Hard Day’s Night, but failed to show up. As a result, the solo from the studio version was edited into the recording. This version, along with Things We Said Today, was included on the 1994 compilation Live At The BBC.
Another anomaly was the inclusion of I Should Have Known Better in the programme. The Beatles did not perform the song during this session, but the EMI recording was played as if it had been.
The Beatles also joined host Brian Matthew for some light-hearted banter. While introducing And I Love Her, Ringo Starr was asked if he had any plans to write songs. He replied that he had written one, before Paul McCartney interjected by singing “Don’t pass me by, don’t make me cry, don’t make me blue”. Starr had first mentioned Don’t Pass Me By to the press in 1963, and McCartney had sung part of it during a 26 June 1964 interview in New Zealand, but it wouldn’t be recorded until 1968.
Prior to the day’s recording, Paul McCartney gave a 13-minute interview to the BBC’s Michael Smee for the programme Highlight, five minutes of which was broadcast on the General Overseas Service on Saturday 18 July from 11.15am. The interview was also taped at BBC Broadcasting House in Portland Place, London.
The title track of The Beatles debut feature film and fourth US album was released as a single on this day in America.
Its parent album had been released by United Artists, who owned the rights to the film. However, Capitol were able to issue the songs in other formats, hence the release of several songs from the soundtrack as singles.
The single entered the US charts five days after its release, and from 1 August spent two weeks at number one. On that day a record was set, as The Beatles held the number one positions in the single and album charts in both the UK and US.
The single A Hard Day’s Night sold more than a million copies in America in its first five weeks on sale.
Hippodrome Theatre, Brighton
The Beatles returned to the British stage this evening for the first of five summer Sunday concerts at seaside holiday resorts (plus another performed for TV purposes) - a far cry from the 47 they played in 1963.
One of the support acts this particular evening was temporary Beatles drummer Jimmy Nicol, together with his group the Shubdubs. But despite being on the same bill, the paths of Nicol and the Beatles failed to cross.
Teddington Studio Centre, Teddington
A rare live appearance on the ABC Television programme Lucky Stars (Summer Spin), rare because performances for this show and its non-summer incarnation Thank Your Lucky Stars were usually taped six days ahead of transmission. This appearance would have been, too, were it not for an ITV technicians strike which aborted plans to pre-tape at the Alpha studios in Aston, Birmingham, the previous Sunday, July 5th.
Following their A Hard Day's Night northern premiere celebrations, the Beatles had left Liverpool airport at 1:30 am, arriving at London Airport at 3:00 am. After a few hours sleep, the group re-assembled in Central London, boarded a boat and travelled down the River Thames to ABC's Teddinton Studio Centre, which has its own mooring platform, arriving there at 1:45 pm for afternoon rehearsals and the 5:50 to 6:35 live transmission, in which they mimed to "A Hard Day's Night", "Long Tall Sally", "Things We Said Today", and "You Can't Do That".
The Beatles returned triumphant to their home-town for a press conference at Liverpool airport, a remarkable drive through the streets from there into the city centre, cheered and applauded every inch of the way, a civic reception held in their honour at the Town Hall and then, in the evening, the northern premiere of a Hard Day's Night at the Odeon Cinema. More than 200,000 Liverpudlians spent at least some part of the day greeting the group, a reception which, meant more to John, Paul, George and Ringo than any other.
Television cameras whirred for much of the day, with resulting footage going into news bulletins pretty much the world over. Additionally, this evening's BBC1 local news-magazine program, Look North featured a report on their airport arrival plus a four minute piece comprising actuality from the press conference and an exclusive interview with the Beatles by reporter Gerald Harrison. Over on Granada Television, Scene at 6:30, broadcast film of their arrival at Speke, an exlusive interview done at the airport and footage of the Town Hall balcony parade, John treating the massed crowd below to Sieg Heil signs.
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