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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 17, 1964 (Tuesday)

Playhouse Theatre, London

This session for BBC radio, the Beatles 50th music programme contribution since 1962 - was another insert into the new series Top Gear, for broadcast in the Light Programme on Thursday, November 26th, between 10:00 and 12:00 pm. Taping took place from 7:30 to 11:30 pm (including rehearsal time) at the Playhouse.

The group recorded six songs: "I'm a Loser", "Honey Don't", "She's A Woman", "Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby", "I'll Follow The Sun" and "I Feel Fine", and took part once again in a playful interview with show host Brian Matthew.

The Complete Beatles Chronicle - Mark Lewiston

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 16, 1964 (Monday)

Studio Two, Riverside Studios, Crisp Rd. Hammersmith, London

A video-taping session for Top of the The Pops, shot at the Riverside Studios in west London (then leased esclusively by the BBC). On hand from 2:00 to 5:00 pm, inclusive of rehearsal time, the group mimed to the A and B-sides of their new single, "I feel Fine" and "She's A Woman". Both went into the edition of Thursday, December 3rd, broadcast by BBC1 from 7:30 to 8:00 pm. "She's A Woman" was then repeated on Thursday, December 24th, between 7:25 and 8:25 pm. (This latter programme also included a repeat of the "A Hard Day's Night" video-tape shot on July 7th, and a new interview with the Beatles filmed in London on Tuesday, December 22nd).

The Complete Beatles Chronicle - Mark Lewiston

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 15, 1964 (Sunday)

The Beatles took a rest today.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 14, 1964 (Saturday)

Teddington Studio Centre, Teddington

A 1:00 to 5:00 pm visit to ABC Television in Teddington to rehearse and then video-tape, without an audience, a show-closing contribution to the following Saturday's edition of Thank Your Lucky Stars (November 21, 5:50 - 6:35 pm). They mimed to four songs, "I Feel Fine", "She's A Woman", I'm A Loser" and "Rock and Roll Music". To have the Beatles back on the show was deemed such a coup by ABC executives that the re-named this edition Lucky Stars Special in their honor.

As well as performing, the group participated in a humorous opening skit, in which, after delivering a short speech, Ringo pulled a cord to lift the covering from an adjacent statue. The statue turned out to be the real life show host Brian Matthew, who promptly introduced the first act. The Beatles then popped up again just before the programme's only commercial break, giving the thumbs-up when Matthew announced that they would play in part two of the programme, following which they draped the cover back over him!

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 13, 1964 (Friday)

No Events today - the Beatles just took a day off.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 12, 1964 (Thursday)

The Beatles had no events today - 50 years ago

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 11, 1964 (Wednesday)

Resting from the tour........

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 10, 1964 (Tuesday)

Colston Hall, Bristol

This is the last night of the tour.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 9, 1964 (Monday)

City Hall, Sheffield

Almost done with the tour......

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 8, 1964 (Sunday)

Empire Theatre, Liverpool

The Beatles first home-town concert since December 22, 1963

They performed two concerts on this night, for which they were paid £850. Their set throughout the tour 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 5.40pm and 8pm.

A number of special guests attended the show. Afterwards, John Lennon and Mersey Beat editor Bill Harry visited the parents of Stuart Sutcliffe. Lennon was given a blue abstract artwork painted by the former Beatle.