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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Thursday, January 10, 1963-

The Beatles' first home-town engagement in nearly a month, heading a five-act bill. The evening was a resounding success, with a record-breaking attendance crowding into the large Grafton Rooms.One enterprising local stole 100 tickets a few days beforehand only to find that they were numbered and declared invalid.

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Tuesday, January 8, 1963 -

Scottish Television, Theatre Royal, Hope Street

Glasgow, Lanarkshire

The Beatles remained north of the border after the Aberdeen date and travelled down to the Scottish Television studios in Glasgow for an appearance on the children's magazine program Roundup, presented by Paul Young and Morag Hood and broadcast (locally only) live from 5:00 to 5:55 pm. The Beatles' contribution was to mime to their forthcoming single, "Please Please Me".

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Sunday, January 6, 1963 -

The last night of the tour ended at the Beach Ballroom, Sea Beach, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Saturday, January 5, 1963-

Played at Museum Hall, Henderson St. Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire

Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Friday, January 4, 1963 -

Played at the Town Hall, High St. Dingwall, Ross and Cromarty

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Thursday, January 3, 1963 -

At last the tour got under way at the TWO SHOES BALLROOM, South College St. Elgin, Morayshire

This ballroom was slightly L-Shaped, which meant that some of the dancers could not see the Beatles on the stage....

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Wednesday, January 2, 1963-

The opening night of a five-date booking in Scotland and the Beatles' first proper tour, also a return visit to the town played as support to Johnny Gentle on May 25, 1960 - was cancelled owing to the terrible weather conditions which had the whole of Scotland in an icy grip. Snowdrifts made virtually all of the Highlands roads impassable, and the Beatles hadn't a chance of getting through to Keith in time to fulfill the engagement.

The tour had got away to a bad start even before this setback. Thanks to the inclement weather, the Beatles' flight from London to Edinburgh during the morning of January 2, (the group had flown to London from Hamburg on January 1st, and spent the night there) was switched at the last moment to land at Aberdeen.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Tuesday, December 18, 1962-

Star-Club, Hamburg, West Germany

The Beatles grudgingly left England and their chart record, radio, TV and increasingly prestigious live bookings, for an undesirable 5th and final club trip to Hamburg, playing for 13 nights. Despite the increased fee of 750DM (67 pounds) per man, per week, all four Beatles could think about was getting back to capitalize on their success.

Their only night off was on Christmas Day, December 25th, and their final performance on New Year's Eve, were taped on amateur equipment and released for the first time in 1977 - against the Beatles' own wishes. Though extremely low-fidelity, they are fascinating recordings, and have been reissued extensively.

The Beatles' final 42 hours on the Star-Club stage brought the group's grueling Hamburg experience to a total of approximately 800 hours. Quite how valuable the work tied up in this remarkable statistic was to prove was, at this point, beyond comprehension. The Beatles had served their apprenticeship, and served it the hard way. They were now ready to take on whatever the world could throw at them.

50 Years Ago Today : Monday December 17, 1962-

Studio Four, Granada TV Center, Manchester

The Beatles 3rd appearance on the Granada television program, "People & Places", transmitted live this time between 6:35 and 7:00 pm.

They peformed 2 numbers, "Love Me Do" and "Twist and Shout", as rehearsed from 3:00 to 4:00 pm and again from 4:15 to 6:00.

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50 Years Ago Today : Sunday, December 16, 1962-

Night: Cavern Club, Liverpool

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