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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Saturday, March 2, 1963-

City Hall, Barker's Pool, Sheffield, Yorkshire and then Studio One, Didsbury Studio Centre, Parrs Wood Rd. Manchester, Lancashire

After finishing the 2nd Shapiro "House" at Sheffield, the Beatles drove 38 miles to Manchester, to appear live on the ABC TV news magazine program ABC At Large, boradcast in the Midlands and north regions only from the company's Didsbury Studio Centre between 11:00 and 11:50pm.

Together with Brian Epstein, they participated in a lengthy interview with David Hamilton (later a top radio DJ) answering questions about their sudden fame and pondering why they had succeeded where hundreds of other groups, from Liverpool to elsewhere, had not done so.

The feature also included interviews with pop fans and an appearance by Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers. The Beatles did not perform music on this program, although a brief clip of a mimed "Please please me" from their most recent appearance on ABC'S "Thank your lucky stars" (taped February 17) was shown again.

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Friday, March 1, 1963-

The Beatles at the Odeon Cinema, Lord St. Southport, Lancashire

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Thursday, February 28, 1963-

Granada Cinema, Castle Gates, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

While traveling this day between York and Shrewsbury, on the coach containing the entire Shapiro entourage, John and Paul wrote the Beatles' next single "From me to you". On this date, Helen Shapiro resumed her role as headliner, and Billie Davis left the tour.

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Wedesday, February 27, 1963-

The Beatles at the Rialto Theatre, Fishergate, York, Yorkshire - Helen Shapiro bowing out to do illness.

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Tuesday, February 26, 1963-

Gaumont Cinema, Corporation St. Taunton, Somerset

Back to the package tour. in the terrible winter weather, Helen Shapiro came down with a cold and was forced to miss this date. Danny Williams assumed top-of-the-bill status and Billie Davis, currently charting with "Tell Him", was drafted in to pad out the line-up.

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Monday, February 25, 1963-

Casino Ballroom, Lord St. Leigh, Lancashire

In the Beatles absence, George Martin and his team produced the mono and stereo masters of the "Please please me" album, mixing and banding the 14 tracks in 10:00am to 1:00pm AND 2:30PM to 5:45pm sessions in Studio One at EMI. The group were in a van on their way to Leigh for a NEMS Enterprises dance booking.

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Saturday, February 23, 1963-

Granada Cinema, West Gate, Mansfield, Notts

Part II of the Helen Shapiro package tour. Before going on stage for the first of the two "houses", the Beatles crowded into Helen's dressing room and watched their latest appearance on "Thank your lucky stars", taped the previous Sunday. Being the headliner, Shapiro had the only TV set among the artists. :)

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Friday, February 22, 1963-

The Beatles at the Oasis Club in Manchester

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Thursday, February 21, 1963-

Majestic Ballroom, Birkenhead

Once again there were two separate "House", the Beatles appearing at 7:30 and 11:30 pm.

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Wednesday, February 20, 1963-

Playhouse Theatre, London and Swimming Baths, St. James St. Doncaster, Yorkshire

The Beatles were not present at Abbey Road for a 10:30 AM to 1:00 pm overdub session in Studio One, which saw George Martin add piano to "Misery" and celeste and piano to "Baby It's You". (The latter piano piece was never used). Instead, after concluding their Tuesday-night engagement in Liverpool they drove down to London through the night in order to appear on the live lunchtime radio show, "Parade of the Pops", broadcast by the BBC Light Program direct from the Playhouse Theatre. The group performed 2 songs, "Love me do" and "Please please me".

After the show, the Beatles quickly returned 160 miles north to fulfil their evening date in Doncaster.

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