The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Wednesday, July 3, 1963

Playhouse Theatre, Manchester

This BBC radio session, for the Light Programme's "The Beat Show", was recorded at the Playhouse Theatre in Manchester, scene of the Beatles' first session for "Here we go in 1962". In fact, "The Beat Show" featured much the same content as "Here we go," the BBC Northern Dance Orchestra directed by Bernard Herrmann, and the Trad Lads. Only the presenter and producer were different, the host being Gay Byrne, also the affable link-man on the Granada TV programme "Scene At 6:30" on which the Beatles had featured.

After a 4:00 pm rehearsal, the programme was recorded live, in front of an audience, between 8:00 and 9:00, the Beatles performing "From Me To You", "A Taste Of Honey", and "Twist and Shout". It was broadcast the next lunchtime, 1:00-1:30 pm on Tuesday, July 4th.

Perhaps fearing over-exposure for the Beatles, and certainly now in a position to pick and choose their appearances, Brian Epstein cancelled several BBC radio contract at this time. This spot on "The Beat Show" only came about after he turned down June 17, June 18 and July 3rd recordings for "Here we go"; three more "Side by Side" sessions were cancelled too, to have taken place on July 2nd, July 10th, and August 23rd.

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