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Having just finished the Roy Orbison tour, the Beatles began the week of June 10, 1963, with a series of club dates. On Monday evening, the group played the Pavilion in Bath, Summerset. After a day off, the Beatles played a charity concert at Grafton Rooms, Liverpool. On Thursday, the group played concerts in two different cities, starting at the Palace Theatre Club in Stockport, Cheshire, and then driving to Manchester for a show at the Southern Sporting Club.

The Beatles started the weekend playing another of the Mersey Beat Showcase concerts arranged by Brian Epstein. This Friday night show was at the Tower Ballroom in New Brighton, Wallasey. On Saturday night, the group played a solo concert at the City Hall in Salisbury, Wiltshire. The final of the Mersey Beat Showcase series was played on Sunday, June 16, 1963, at the Odeon Cinema in Romford, Essex.

This week’s trivia pertains to the final Mersey Beat Showcase concerts.

  1. What three acts participating in the Mersey Beat Showcase concerts on June 14 and 16, 1963, held down the top three songs on the U.K. charts?
  2. What were the songs referred to in the above question?

  1. At the time of the June 14 and 16, 1963, Mersey Beat Showcase concerts, the top three spots on the U.K. charts were held by the Beatles, Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas and Gerry & the Pacemakers. All three acts were managed by Brian Epstein.
  2. The top three songs were From Me To You, Do You Want To Know A Secret and I Like It.

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In this November 16, 1963, photograph, Brian Epstein is shown standing between the Beatles and Gerry & the Pacemakers (left) and Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas (right).

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