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50 Years Ago: BEATLES IN WALES; SHE LOVES YOU READY TO GO

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The Beatles spent the week of Monday, August 12, through Saturday, August 17, 1963, performing concerts in Wales. The performances took place at the Odeon Cinema in Llandudno, Caernarvonshire, where the Beatles gave two shows each night for separate audiences. During mid-week, the group traveled to Manchester on Wednesday, August 14, to tape two songs for the Granada TV show Scene At 6:30. The group’s rendition of Twist And Shout was broadcast that evening. The Beatles performance of their soon-to-be-released single, She Loves You, was shown on August 19.

Sunday, August 18, was no day of rest. The group traveled from Wales to Birmingham to lip-sync both sides of the new single, She Loves You and I’ll Get You, for the Saturday evening, August 24 edition of the ABC Television show Lucky Stars (Summer Spin). This was the perfect promotion for the single, which was set for release the day before on Friday, August 23. On Sunday evening, the Beatles played two evening concerts at the Princess Theatre in Torquay, Devonshire.

While the Beatles were in Wales, EMI was preparing the She Loves You single for release on Parlophone R 5055. The company’s marketing manager recommended an advance production run of 350,000 units, which was well above even the most optimistic forecasts of the day. Managing director Len Wood balked at the number, but reluctantly agreed to 250,000.

Today’s trivia questions are about the advance orders and sales of She Loves You in the U.K.

  1. What was the total of advance orders for She Loves You? (A) 225,000 units  (B) 375,000 units (C) 500,000 units  (D) 800,000 units
  2. How many copies of She Loves You had been shipped by the end of 1963?  (A) 900,000 units  (B) 1,300,000 units  (C) 1,500,000 units (D)  1,750,000 units
  3. How many copies of She Loves You were sold in the U.K.?  (A) 1,270,000 units  (B) 1,550,000 units (C) 1,890,000 units (D) 2,125,000 units

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  1. C. She Loves You had advance orders of 500,000 units.
  2. B. EMI shipped 1,300,000 units of She Loves You by the end of 1963.
  3. C. Total U.K. sales of She Loves You are estimated at 1,890,000 units.

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50 Years Ago: BEATLES ON THE ROAD AGAIN; STRANGE HAPPENINGS

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The Beatles began the week of August 5, 1963, headlining a Bank Holiday concert at Abbotsfield Park in Urmston, Lancashire. On Tuesday and Wednesday nights, the group played the Springsteen Ballroom in Jersey. Just kidding. They would not travel to New Jersey shore until more than a year later when the group played the Convention Hall in Atlantic City on August 30, 1964. They actually played the Springfield Ballroom in Jersey, Channel Islands. The next evening, the group played at the Auditorium in Guernsey, Channel Islands. The weekend began with a return to the Springfield Ballroom in Jersey for Friday and Saturday concerts. The Beatles concluded the week with a Sunday, August 11, concert at ABC Theatre in Blackpool, Lancashire.

Across the Pond, the Beatles were getting some air play and chart action for their second single on Vee-Jay, From Me To You. That week, KRLA reported the song at number 32. The following week, Billboard magazine would report the single as a Regional Breakout, but it was not to be. Although the record charted on local surveys published by four California radio stations, it could only muster a Bubbling Under The Hot 100 ranking in Billboard of number 116.

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Meanwhile, Vee-Jay Records was having severe cash flow problems that caused the company to fail to pay royalties to EMI on its Beatles and Frank Ifield records. By telegram dated August 8, 1963, EMI demanded that Vee-Jay cease manufacture and distribution of all records contain performances by Frank Ifield and the Beatles. This brought phase one of the Beatles stay on Vee-Jay to an abrupt end.

Today’s questions cover the Beatles in America during the summer of 1963.

  1. What was the first “Lennon-McCartney” song to chart nationally in America?
  2. Who recorded the song?
  3. How was the songwriters credit written on the label of the record?
  4. What record company released the single that was the first Lennon-McCartney song to chart nationally in the United States?
  5. How much money did Vee-Jay Records owe EMI for royalties for Beatles songs as of August 1963?  (A) $85,900    (B) $8,590   (C) $859   (D) $89.50

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  1. From Me To You
  2. Del Shannon. The American singer/guitarist was on the same bill with the Beatles at a concert in London’s Albert Hall. He was so impressed with the group’s performance of the song, that he recorded the songs shortly thereafter with British musicians while in London.
  3. “McCartney-Lennon”
  4. Big Top Records
  5. (C) Vee-Jay owed EMI a total of $859 for royalties on the sale of Beatles records as of August 1963. The company’s failure to make this payment led to Vee-Jay losing its rights to the Beatles under a five-year licensing agreement.

 

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Chicago Fest for Beatle Fans – August 9-11, 2013

Bruce’s schedule for the Chicago Fest for Beatles Fans, 2013

 

FRIDAY, August 9

7:00 PM Author’s Panel (Rosemont Ballroom)

11:00 PM Beatlefan Magazine Panel (O’Hare Ballroom

 

SATURDAY, August 10

12:15 PM The Beatles Records on Vee-Jay (A/V presentation in the Rosemont Ballroom)

 

SUNDAY, August 11

12:15 PM The Rise of Beatlemania in the U.K.  1963 (A/V presentation in the Rosemont Ballroom)

5:30 PM Beatles Country (Influences of C&W music on the Beatles) (O’Hare Room)

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50 Years Ago: BEATLES RECORD FOR EMI AND BBC

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After spending a week at the seaside resort of Weston-super-Mare, the Beatles were back in the studio on July 30, 1963. It was a busy and productive day in London, with the group recording at Abbey Road for EMI and at the Playhouse Theatre for BBC radio. The morning was spent at Abbey Road’s Studio Two, where the Beatles completed Please Mister Postman in nine takes and began work on It Won’t Be Long. Then it was off to the BBC. After being interviewed by Phil Tate for the show Non Stop Pop, the Beatles recorded six songs for the August 24 edition of Saturday Club. In addition to performing both sides of their soon-to-be-released single, She Loves You and I’ll Get You, they knocked out four cover tunes, Long Tall Sally, Glad All Over, Twist And Shout and You Really Got A Hold On Me. By 5:00 pm, they were back at Abbey Road. The Beatles recorded a remake of Till There Was You and a cover of Chuck Berry’s Roll Over Beethoven, before coming back to It Won’t Be Long. And as if that wasn’t enough, they recorded what many consider to be one of Paul’s finest songs, All My Loving.

On Wednesday, the group closed out the month of July with an appearance at the Imperial Ballroom in Nelson. The month of August began with the group recording two more shows for their BBC radio show, Pop Go The Beatles, this time at the Playhouse Theatre in Manchester. For the August 27 edition, they performed She Loves You plus five covers, Ooh! My Soul, Don’t Ever Change, Twist And Shout, Anna and A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues. For the September 3 show, they recorded eight songs, though only six were used in the show. The broadcasted songs were From Me To You, I’ll Get You, Money, There’s A Place, Honey Don’t and Roll Over Beethoven. The songs Lucille and Baby It’s You were not used.

The weekend started with the Beatles back in Liverpool for a Friday night concert at Grafton Rooms and a Saturday night show at the Cavern on August 3. On Sunday, the group traveled to Blackpool for a show at Queen’s Theatre.

Today’s trivia questions cover the songs recorded by the Beatles for EMI and the BBC during the week discussed above.

  1. What were the two Motown songs recorded by the Beatles on July 30 and who were the artists that originally recorded the songs?
  2. What song recorded on July 30 would be the biggest selling record of the year (1963) in the U.K. in its EMI-recorded version?
  3. What song recorded on July 30 would be the fourth biggest selling record of the year (1963) in the U.K. in its EMI-recorded version?
  4. What song recorded on July 30 had the same title as the third biggest selling record of the year (1963) in the U.K., but was an entirely different song? Who were the two recording artists linked to the two different songs with the same title?
  5. Of the songs recorded for the August 27, 1963 edition of Pop Go The Beatles, which two songs were previously recorded by the same artist (not counting the Beatles) and who was that artist?
  6. Who sang lead on the version of Honey Don’t recorded for the September 3, 1963 edition of Pop Go The Beatles?
  7. What was the significance of the Beatles performance at the Cavern on August 3, 1963?

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  1. The two Motown songs were Please Mister Postman by the Marvelettes and You Really Got A Hold On Me by the Miracles. Both were actually on Motown’s Tamla subsidiary label and both would end up on the Beatles second LP, With The Beatles.
  2. She Loves You would be the biggest selling record in the U.K. for 1963. I Want To Hold Your Hand was second.
  3. Twist And Shout, although released on the Twist And Shout EP rather than as a single, was the fourth biggest selling record in the U.K. for 1963, selling over 650,000 copies.
  4. Glad All Over as recorded by the Dave Clark Five was the third biggest selling record in the U.K. for 1963. The Glad All Over recorded by the Beatles was an entirely different song that was previously recorded by Carl Perkins.
  5. Anna and A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues were previously recorded by one of John’s favorite singers, Arthur Alexander.
  6. John was the lead singer on this version of Honey Don’t. The lead vocal was handed over to Ringo for the EMI-recorded version of the song.
  7. The August 3, 1963, show at the Cavern was the Beatles last performance at the club.

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50 Years Ago: BEATLES AT SEASIDE RESORT

The Beatles spent the week of July 22, 1963, at the seaside resort of Weston-super-Mare, located on the Bristol Channel in the county of Somerset. Of course, it was not all fun and games for the boys. From Monday, July 22, through Saturday, July 27, the group played nightly concerts at the town’s Odeon Cinema. In addition, the group took part in photo sessions. The most famous pictures from the week included the group dressed in Victorian bathing suits. They were also photographed driving go karts.

On Sunday, the Beatles left England’s western side and headed for Great Yarmouth, a coastal town located at the mouth of the River Yare on the country’s eastern side. The group played an evening concert at the city’s ABC Cinema.

In honor of the relatively relaxing week spent by the group, today’s trivia question is relatively easy.

Who was the photographer who took the famous pictures of the Beatles in Victorian bathing suits?

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The pictures of the Beatles in Victorian bathing suits were taken by Dezo Hoffmann.

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50 Years Ago: BEATLES RECORD 4 SHOWS FOR BBC & START 2nd ALBUM

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The week of July 15, 1963, was another incredibly busy and productive week for the Beatles. After a day off on Monday, the group headed to BBC Paris Studios in London on July 16 to tape three editions of their show Pop Go The Beatles. The songs recorded that day demonstrate the wide scope of the Beatles musical tastes and abilities. The group recorded 17 different songs, including 13 that had not been previously recorded at Abbey Road.

For the show set for broadcast on August 6, 1963, the Beatles recorded: I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You); Crying, Waiting, Hoping; To Know Her Is To Love Her; The Honeymoon Song; Kansas City; and Twist And Shout. The first four songs were never properly recorded by EMI and the fifth would not be recorded at Abbey Road until the following year.

The August 13 show featured: Please Please Me; both sides of the new single, She Loves You and I’ll Get You (which would not be released until ten days after the broadcast on August 23); and cover versions of Long Tall Sally, You Really Got A Hold On Me and I Got A Woman. The first two covers would later be recorded for EMI, while the last is a BBC-only recording.

The August 20 program included a replay of the first BBC recording of She Loves You, plus the following cover songs: Words Of Love; Devil In Her Heart; Slow Down; Glad All Over; and I Just Don’t Understand.

Wednesday was a bit less hectic, with the Beatles performing four songs for the BBC show Easy Beat before a live audience at the Playhouse Theatre in London. The program, which was broadcast on July 21, included I Saw Her Standing There, There’s A Place, Twist And Shout and A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues. The first three plugged the debut album, while the fourth was another BBC-only song, a cover of an Arthur Alexander song.

On Thursday, the group remained in London with a trip to Abbey Road to begin recording their second album. Of the four cover songs recorded, two had been recorded just two days earlier for the BBC, You Really Got A Hold On Me and Devil In Her Heart. The other two songs had also been previously performed for the BBC, Money and Till There Was You. The group’s previous studio experience with the songs made the session run smoothly.

The Beatles closed out the week in Wales with sold out Friday and Saturday night concerts at the Ritz Ballroom in Rhyl, Flintshire. Sunday was a well deserved day of rest.

Today’s trivia questions cover the song recorded by the Beatles during the week of July 15, 1963.

  1. Of the songs recorded for the BBC on July 16, 1963, which two were previously recorded by Elvis Presley?
  2. Of the songs recorded for the BBC on July 16, 1963, which two were previously recorded by Buddy Holly?
  3. Of the songs recorded for the BBC on July 16, 1963, which two were previously recorded by Little Richard?
  4. Who originally recorded Devil In His Heart, which was gender-altered to Devil In Her Heart by the Beatles?
  5. Of the songs recorded for the BBC on July 16, 1963, which one was written by Phil Spector, who would later “reproduce” the Let It Be album and produce records for John and George?
  6. Of the songs recorded at Abbey Road on July 18, 1963, which ones are connected to the Motor City, Detroit?
  7. Of the songs recorded for the BBC on July 16, 1963, which one has a second-degree Elvis connection even though it was not recorded by the King?

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  1. I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You) and I Got A Woman. (The latter song was first recorded by Ray Charles.)
  2. Crying, Waiting, Hoping and Words Of Love.
  3. Long Tall Sally and Kansas City. The latter recording was Little Richard’s unique rendition of the song, which contains a “Hey, hey, hey, hey” refrain, which Little Richard would later work into a song of his own, thus leading to the song being re-titled Kansas City/Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey.
  4. The Donays, an American girl group, were a “no-hit wonder” who gained their immortality in rock history because the Beatles recorded one of their songs.
  5. To Know Him Is To Love Him was written by Phil Spector and recorded by his group the Teddy Bears. It was gender-altered by the Beatles to be To Know Her Is To Love Her.
  6. Money and Really Got A Hold On Me were released on Motown Records. Devil In Her Heart was originally recorded by the Donays, a girl group from Detroit.
  7. I Just Don’t Understand was recorded by Hollywood starlet Ann Margret, who co-starred with Elvis in the movie Viva Las Vegas.

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50 Years Ago: Beatles Play Concerts in Kent and Record for BBC

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On Monday, July 8, 1963, the Beatles began a week-long series of concerts at the Winter Gardens in Margate, Kent. Each night, from Monday through Saturday, the group played two shows for separate audiences. Their set opened with the yet-to-be-recorded Roll Over Beethoven with George on lead vocals. The group also played both sides of their latest single, From Me To You and Thank You Girl, their previous hit single, Please Please Me, and six songs from their debut album, including the closer Twist And Shout. Except for the opening song, the Beatles did a heavy job of plugging their latest records.

While two shows a night would be enough for most groups, the Beatles traveled to London on Wednesday, July10, to record two separate shows of their BBC radio program Pop Go The Beatles. This session took place at Studio Two of Aeolian Hall.

For the first show, set for broadcast on July 23, the group performed Sweet Little Sixteen, A Taste Of Honey, Nothin’ Shakin’ (But The Leaves On The Trees), Love Me Do, Lonesome Tears In My Eyes and So How Come (No One Loves Me). With the exception of Chuck Berry’s Sweet Little Sixteen, the non-EMI songs were country flavored.

The second show, set for broadcast on July 30, consisted of: Memphis, Tennessee; Do You Want To Know A Secret; Till There Was You; Matchbox; Please Mister Postman and The Hippy Hippy Shake.

After six nights of double shows, the Beatles ended the weekend the same way they ended the previous weekend, with a Sunday concert at ABC Theatre in Blackpool, Lancashire.

Today’s trivia questions cover the July 23 and 30 editions of Pop Go The Beatles.

  1. Which artists originally recorded Nothin’ Shakin’ (But The Leaves On The Trees), Lonesome Tears In My Eyes and So How Come (No One Loves Me)?
  2. Which artists originally recorded Memphis, Tennessee, Please Mister Postman and The Hippy Hippy Shake?
  3. Of the songs recorded for the July 30, 1963, edition of Pop Go The Beatles, which one would the group record eight days later at Abbey Road?
  4. Of the songs recorded for the July 23 and 30, 1963, editions of Pop Go The Beatles, which one would Paul play to open his set at the June 1, 2008, concert at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool?

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  1. Nothin’ Shakin’ (But The Leaves On The Trees)was originally recorded by Eddie Fontaine. Lonesome Tears In My Eyes was first recorded by Johnny Burnette and his Rock ’N’ Roll Trio. So How Come (No One Loves Me) was recorded by the Everly Brothers. Of these three country-flavored songs, the Everly Brothers song demonstrates where the Beatles developed their harmonies from.
  2. Memphis, Tennessee was written and recorded by Chuck Berry. Please Mister Postman was first recorded by the Marvelettes. The Hippy Hippy Shake was written and recorded by Chan Romero.
  3. The Beatles recorded Till There Was You at their first session for their second album on July 18, 1963.
  4. Paul surprised the audience at the June 1, 2008, concert at Anfield Stadium by opening his set with The Hippy Hippy Shake.

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50 Years Ago: Beatles Record Fourth Single

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On Monday, July 1, 1963, the Beatles entered Abbey Road’s Studio Two to record their fourth single. I’ll Get You, written in mid-June at the Menlove Avenue home of John’s Aunt Mimi, was originally intended to be the A-side. However, after writing She Loves You on June 26, John and Paul knew they have come up with an even better song.

Prior to the session, the Beatles posed for pictures in the alleyway behind the studio. When word got out that the Beatles were at the studio, a large crowd gathered outside, with some girls climbing on the tops of the walls surrounding the studio to get a better view. Engineer Geoff Emerick recalls John entering the studio and joking about the “Barbarians storming the walls.” Suddenly, Beatles roadies Mal Evans and Neil Aspinall burst into the studio shouting “Fans!” One teenage girl pushed through the door and headed for Ringo, who was behind his drum kit. The roadies managed to capture her and escort her out of the studio. Others fans were running throughout the building in search of their heroes.

The events of the day helped spark a high energy level for the group, which added to the excitement of the recordings. The single would go on to be the group’s biggest selling single in the U.K.

The next day the Beatles were at Maida Vale Studios in London to record another edition of their BBC radio show, Pop Go The Beatles, set for broadcast on July 16. The group recorded nine songs, though only six were used in the show. The songs included a little known song, Clarabella, There’s A Place, Elvis’ That’s All Right (Mama), Chuck Berry’s Carol, Arthur Alexander’s Soldier Of Love, Carl Perkins’ Lend Me Your Comb, which were broadcast, and Ask Me Why, the Coasters’ Three Cool Cats and Chuck Berry’s Sweet Little Sixteen, which were not.

On Wednesday, it was back to the Playhouse Theatre in Manchester, for the BBC radio program The Beat Show. The Beatles performed From Me To You, A Taste Of Honey and Twist And Shout before a very live audience. The half-hour show was broadcast the following day at 1:00 pm.

Prior to the show’s Thursday broadcast, George Martin spent the morning mixing both sides of the single. The Beatles most likely were not in attendance. That evening they went to see the Rolling Stones perform at the Scene Club in Soho, London.

After spending three days of the week recording songs, the group was back to concerts for the weekend, starting with a Friday show at the Plaza Ballroom in Old Hill. One of the opening acts was Denny and the Diplomats. On Saturday, the group played the Memorial Hall in Northwich. They closed the weekend with a Sunday performance at ABC Theatre in Blackpool, Lancashire.

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Today’s trivia questions cover the first week of July 1963.

  1. Who suggested that John and Paul change the “Yeah, yeah, yeah” refrain in She Loves You to “Yes, yes, yes”?
  2. Which song recorded for the July 16, 1963, edition of Pop Go The Beatles was also recorded by the Rolling Stones for the group’s first album?
  3. What Arthur Alexander songs were released on records by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones?
  4. Which Beatle sang lead on the group’s recording of That’s All Right (Mama) for the July 16, 1963, edition of Pop Go The Beatles?
  5. What group first recorded the song Clarabella?
  6. Who was Denny of Denny and the Diplomats?

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  1. Paul’s father suggested that the refrain in She Loves You be changed from “Yeah, yeah, yeah” to “Yes, yes, yes.” Fortunately the Beatles did not follow his advice.
  2. Carol was recorded by the Rolling Stones for their first album, thus enabling fans to compare the Beatles version to the Rolling Stones’ version of the Chuck Berry rocker.
  3. The Beatles recorded Arthur Alexander’s Anna for their first album. The Rolling Stones recorded his You Better Move On for an EP.
  4. Paul sang lead on That’s All Right (Mama).
  5. Clarabella was recorded by the Jodimars, an American group that released a series of singles on the Beatles future American label, Capitol Records, from 1955 – 1957. The name comes from the first names of the group’s founding members, Joey d’Ambrosio (saxophone), Dick Richards (vocals and drums) and Marshall Lytle (Stand up bass). The trio went out on their own after quitting Bill Haley and the Comets over a pay dispute.
  6. Denny Laine, who would later join the Moody Blues and sing lead on Go Now. Still later he would be one of the founding members of Wings.

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50 Years Ago: Beatles Still Working Hard

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The Beatles began the week of June 24, 1963, with a return to the Playhouse Theatre in London for another taping of the BBC radio show Saturday Club. The group continued to promote its current hit single, From Me To You, but the other five songs were cover versions that had not been recorded for EMI. The show was broadcast on Saturday, June 29.Although listeners did not know it at the time, three of the songs would later be properly recorded at Abbey Road for inclusion on the Beatles next album.

On Tuesday, June 25, the band played the Astoria Ballroom in Middlesbrough, Yorks. The next evening the group was at the Majestic Ballroom in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

The weekend started with a Friday night show at Queen’s Hall in Leeds, Yorkshire, where the Beatles shared the bill with English jazz clarinetist Acker Bilk. Although the Beatles had a rare Saturday off on June 29, their fans had a busy schedule. From 10:00 am to 12 noon, the Beatles could be heard on Saturday Club. At 6:05 pm, it was time to turn on the television to see the group on a special Mersey Beat edition of the ABC program Lucky Stars (Summer Spin). The show ran until 6:45 pm, causing concern for fans wanting to see all of John’s appearance on the BBC’s Juke Box Jury, which ran from 6:35 pm to 7:00 pm. And this was in the days when TiVo and Digital Video Recorders had not even been dreamed of. It was even pre-Betamax and VHS video recorders! So unless your house had two televisions in the days when many did not have one, you had to choose one or the other. The Beatles finished the week with a Sunday appearance at ABC Cinema, Gt. Yarmouth, Norfolk.

Today’s trivia questions cover the June 29 Saturday Club and Acker Bilk. They are a bit tough, so feel free to use the hints for help.

  1. What three songs performed by the Beatles on the June 29, 1963 broadcast of Saturday Club would later be recorded for the group’s second Parlophone album? [Hint: Two would also appear on Capitol’s second Beatles album (one opened the Capitol LP and one closed the Parlophone LP), while the third would meet a different fate.]
  2. Of the five cover songs performed on the show, what artist recorded three of the songs? [Hint: The Beatles did a lot of his songs for the BBC.]
  3. What were the three songs referred to in question two? [Hint: One is a mission, one is a city and one is a classical command]
  4. What did Acker Bilk do in America that only a few British artists had done before? [Hint: Acker Bilk did this before the British invasion.]

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  1. The Beatles performed Money, Till There Was You and Roll Over Beethoven on the June 29, 1963, edition of Saturday Club. The three songs would soon be recorded for With The Beatles. Roll Over Beethoven opened Capitol’s The Beatles’ Second Album. Money, which was also on that Capitol LP, was the closing track on With The Beatles. Till There Was You would “meet” a different fate, appearing on Meet The Beatles!
  2. Three of the cover songs were recorded by Chuck Berry, who was the artist most-covered by the Beatles on their BBC radio shows.
  3. The songs were: I Got To Find My Baby; Memphis, Tennessee; and Roll Over Beethoven.
  4. Acker Bilk’s Stranger On The Shore was no stranger on the shore across the pond, topping the U.S. charts in early 1962. He was preceded by Vera Lynn’s Auf Weidersh’n Sweetheart in 1952 and Laurie London’s He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands in 1958. The next British act to top the U.S. charts was the Tornados with Telstar. Then came the Beatles, who topped the U.S. charts numerous times.

 

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50 Years Ago: Beatles Back at BBC

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The Beatles began the week of June 17, 1963, with a return to the BBC to record another installment of their radio program Pop Go The Beatles, this time taped at Maida Vale Studios in London. The program consisted entirely of songs from the group’s Please Please Me LP: I Saw Her Standing There, Anna, Boys, Chains, P.S. I Love You and Twist And Shout. The show was broadcast on June 25. The following day, June 18, was a day off coinciding with Paul’s 21st birthday. It was back to London the next day for the evening recording of their performance for the BBC show Easy Beat before a live audience at the Playhouse Theatre. The group knocked out Some Other Guy, A Taste Of Honey, Thank You Girl and From Me To You before their screaming fans.

The weekend began with a Friday night concert at the Odeon Cinema in Guildford, Surrey. On Saturday evening, the group performed in Wales at the Ballroom located in the Town Hall in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire. While three of the Beatles traveled there by van, one was flown in by helicopter that evening to allow him to participate in the taping of the BBC TV show Juke Box Jury, a weekly program that had panelists listen to songs and judge them as a “Hit” or “Miss.” This particular Beatle was negative on all of the songs, resulting in only one of the songs being voted as a Hit. The showed aired one week later on June 29.

On Sunday, June 23, the Beatles traveled to Birmingham for the taping of the ABC television show Lucky Stars (Summer Spin), which was the summer version of Thank Your Lucky Stars, at Alpha Television Studios. The program showcased several Mersey Beat acts, with the Beatles topping the bill. The group lip-synced From Me To You and I Saw Her Standing There. The show was broadcast on June 29.

Today’s trivia questions cover the infamous Beatle appearance on the June 29 Juke Box Jury.

  1. Which Beatle appeared as a panelist on the June 29, 1963 broadcast of Juke Box Jury?
  2. What was the only song on the program voted by a majority of the panelists as a “Hit”?
  3. Which of the Beatles idols was subjected to a negative comment by the Beatle on the show?
  4. One of the songs labeled as a “Miss” during a segment not broadcast was performed by an artist who would later record for Apple. Who was the artist?
  5. What was the name of the song judged as a “Miss” that was a parody of On Top Of Old Smokey?

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  1. John appeared on the Juke Box Jury program broadcast on June 29, 1963.
  2. Devil In Disguise by Elvis Presley was deemed a “Hit” even though John called it a “Miss.”
  3. John was not happy with the direction of Elvis Presley’s career, saying that he now sounded like Bing Crosby.
  4. Just One Look by Doris Troy was also called a “Miss.” She would later record and write songs for Apple, working with George Harrison and Billy Preston.
  5. On Top Of Spaghetti by American folk singer Tom Glazer was sung to the tune of On Top Of Old Smokey, a song popularized by the Weavers. I remember singing along with Spaghetti when the tune was played on the radio during the summer of 1963. (I was only eight and I also sang along to the Coasters, Motown and New Orleans R&B, so cut me some slack!) While viewed as a “Miss” by John, the song was a “Hit” in America, reaching number 14 in the Billboard Hot 100. Glazer was accompanied by a group of kids dubbed the Do-Re-Mi Children’s Chorus – check out this fun video. John would later have the Harlem Community Choir join him on his single Happy Xmas (War Is Over). For those who remember the song or those curios to hear what Americans were listening to while Please Please Me and From Me To You were ignored in most markets, click here and raise a can of spaghetti and meatballs as a toast to Chef Boy-Ar-Dee.

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50 Years Ago: Beatles Back to Club Dates

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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?

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  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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50 Years Ago: Beatles Conclude Roy Orbison Tour

The Beatles finished the final leg of the Roy Orbison tour during the week of June 3, 1963, which started with a Monday concert at the Granada Cinema in Woolwich, London.

This was followed by shows at the Town Hall in Birmingham, Warwickshire on Tuesday and at the Odeon Cinema in Leeds, Yorkshire on Wednesday. After a rare and actual day off for the Beatles, the group and tour headed to Scotland for a concert at the Odeon Cinema in Glasgow. The tour concluded with a Saturday night show at the City Hall in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and a Sunday performance at King George’s Hall in Blackburn, Lancashire.

Today’s trivia questions are geography related.

  1. Which three cities played by the Beatles during the final week of the Roy Orbison tour as detailed above were later referenced in songs written by Paul McCartney after he left the Beatles?
  2. What were the Paul McCartney songs that referenced the cities?
  3. Which two cities played by the Beatles during the final week of the Roy Orbison tour as detailed above was later referenced in Beatles songs?
  4. What were the names of the songs?

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  1. London, Birmingham and Glasgow.
  2. London is obviously referenced in the song “London Town.” It is also referenced, along with Glasgow and Birmingham, in the song “Helen Wheels.”
  3. London and Blackburn, Lancashire.
  4. London is referenced in “The Ballad Of John And Yoko.” Blackburn, Lancashire is referenced in “A Day In The Life.”

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50 Years Ago: Continuing with Orbison and more songs for BBC

BEATLES CONTINUE ORBISON TOUR AND RECORD MORE SONGS FOR BBC RADIO

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The Roy Orbison tour continued for the week of May 27, 1963, with a Monday night concert at the Capitol Cinema in Cardiff, Glamorganshire. The remaining week nights featured concert appearances at the Gaumont Cinema in Worcester, Worcs, the Rialto Theatre in York and the Odeon Cinema in Manchester, Lancashire. The weekend shows began on Friday at the Odeon Cinema in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, followed by the two separate shows at the Granada Cinema in Tooting, London on Saturday and an appearance at the Hippodrome Theatre in Brighton, Sussex on Sunday.

Prior to playing two concert appearances on Saturday night, the Beatles spent eight hours at BBC Paris Studio in London recording two installments of their radio show Pop Goes The Beatles for the BBC. For the first program, the Beatles recorded: A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues; Memphis, Tennessee; A Taste Of Honey; Sure To Fall (In Love With You); Money (That’s What I Want) and their current single, From Me To You. For the second show, they recorded: Too Much Monkey Business; I Got To Find My Baby; Youngblood; Baby It’s You; Till There Was You and Love Me Do.

Today’s trivia questions cover the cover songs performed by the Beatles for the second and third installments of Pop Goes The Beatles.

  1. Of the dozen songs listed above, which two were associated with musicals?
  2. Of the dozen songs listed above, which ones would later be recorded for the group’s second album?
  3. Of the dozen songs listed above, which had been performed at the Decca audition?
  4. Of the dozen songs listed above, which were never recorded at Abbey Road?
  5. Who originally recorded A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues and what other song of his was recorded for the BBC and what other song of his appears on a Beatles album?
  6. Who originally recorded I Got To Find My Baby?
  7. Of the dozen songs listed above, which is associated with two of the more infamous Grammy awards ever presented?

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  1. A Taste Of Honey was associated with the musical A Taste Of Honey. The Beatles performance was based on the Lenny Welch recording of the song. Till There Was You was from The Music Man. The Beatles based their performance on the Peggy Lee recording, which was a hit single in the U.K.
  2. Money (That’s What I Want) and Till There Was You were later recorded for the group’s second album, With The Beatles.
  3. The Beatles performed Memphis, Tennessee; Sure To Fall (In Love With You); Money (That’s What I Want) and Till There Was You at the Decca audition.
  4. The Beatles did not record the following songs at Abbey Road: A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues; Memphis, Tennessee; Sure To Fall (In Love With You); Too Much Monkey Business; I Got To Find My Baby; and Youngblood.
  5. Arthur Alexander recorded A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues. The Beatles performed his Soldier Of Love for the BBC and his Anna for their debut album. John was a big fan of Alexander.
  6. Chuck Berry recorded I Got To Find My Baby. It was one of his lesser known songs.
  7. A Taste Of Honey, as performed by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, won the 1965 Grammy for record of the year, in a year when other possibilities included Help! and Yesterday by the Beatles, Satisfaction by the Rolling Stones and Like A Rolling Stone by Bob Dylan. In 1978, the year in which Elvis Costello released his first two albums, best new artist went to the disco duo A Taste Of Honey.

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50 Years Ago: Touring with Orbison and their own Radioshow

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The Beatles began the week of May 20, 1963, on tour with Roy Orbison, with a Monday night concert at the Gaumont Cinema in Southampton, Hampshire. On their day off from the tour on Tuesday, the group was at the Playhouse Theatre in London to record two shows for BBC radio. Between 5:30 and 6:30 pm, they took part in the taping for the May 25,1963 edition of Saturday Club. The group talked with host Brian Matthew and played six songs: I Saw Her Standing There, Do You Want To Know A Secret, Boys, Long Tall Sally, From Me To You and Money. The first three songs were from the group’s debut album. Two of the last three songs had yet to be recorded by the Beatles at Abbey Road, but would be at a later time. Money would be the closing track on the group’s second album and Long Tall Sally would be title track to a 1964 EP. After a 45 minute dinner break, the Beatles rehearsed and later recorded six songs for Steppin’ Out, which was taped before a live audience and broadcast on June 3, 1963. The songs were: Please Please Me, I Saw Her Standing There, Roll Over Beethoven, Twist And Shout, Thank You Girl and From Me To You. (Twist And Shout was not broadcast.)

On Wednesday, it was back on the road again with the Orbison Tour for an evening show at the Gaumont Cinema in Ipswich, Suffolk. The next evening the tour played the Odeon Cinema in Nottingham, Notts.

The weekend began with the Beatles back to work for the BEEB, this time recording at Aeolian Hall’s Studio Two in London for their own BBC radio show titled Pop Goes The Beatles. The group recorded the instrumental theme for the show plus a half-dozen songs: From Me To You, Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby, Do You Want To Know A Secret, You Really Got A Hold On Me, Misery and The Hippy Hippy Shake. Two of the three yet-to-be-recorded songs ended up on future albums (Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby on Beatles For Sale and You Really Got A Hold On Me on With The Beatles). The Hippy Hippy Shake was not recorded for EMI. The Pop Goes The Beatles radio show made its debut on June 4. And as if that wasn’t enough work for the day, the Beatles played two concerts that evening at the Granada Cinema in Walthamstow, London.

On Saturday, the Beatles and the tour played the City Hall in Sheffield. On Sunday, the Beatles played Liverpool for the first time in over six weeks, with a tour appearance at the Empire Theatre.

 

Today’s trivia questions are about the Beatles, Roy Orbison and BBC radio.

  1. What Roy Orbison song did the Beatles perform on their first appearance on a BBC radio show?
  2. Which Beatles sang lead on the Roy Orbison song performed by the group for the BBC?
  3. What was the name of the first BBC radio program on which the Beatles performed?
  4. In addition to a Roy Orbison song, what two other songs did the Beatles perform on their first appearance on a BBC radio show?

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  1. Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream?).
  2. Paul McCartney.
  3. Teenager’s Turn – Here We Go (broadcast on March 8, 1962, recorded the day before).
  4. Memphis, Tennessee and Please Mister Postman.

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50 Years Ago: CONCERTS, CHILDREN’S TV AND TOURS

WITH TOP SINGLE & LP, BEATLES DO CONCERTS, CHILDREN’S TV AND START TOUR

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The Beatles began the week of May 13, 1963, with the knowledge that they now had the top single, From Me To You, and the top album, Please Please Me, in the U.K. After an all-too-rare day off, the group played the Rink Ballroom in Sunderland, Durham on Tuesday and the Royalty Theatre in Chester, Cheshire on Wednesday.

On Thursday the Beatles made an appearance on the BBC children’s show, Pops And Lenny, which featured pop music and the glove puppet Lenny the Lion. The group played From Me To You and a minute of Please Please Me on the half-hour show, which was broadcast live at 5:00 p.m. They also joined Lenny the Lion and the rest of the cast for the closing number, the standard After You’re Gone.

The Beatles started the weekend with a Friday night concert at the Grosvenor Rooms in Norwich, Norfolk. Saturday, May 18, was the start of the Beatles third national package tour of the year, this time headlined by Roy Orbison. Although Orbison began the tour with top billing, this quickly changed with the Beatles moving into the headline spot based on demand generated by having the top single and album. The group’s seven-song set was all killer, no filler, with Some Other Guy, Do You Want To Know A Secret, Love Me Do, From Me To You, Please Please Me, I Saw Her Standing There and Twist And Shout. The opening show was at the Adelphi Cinema in Slough, Buckinghamshire, followed by a Sunday concert at the Gaumont Cinema in Hanley.

Today’s trivia questions are in honor of the Lenny the Lion and pertain to further involvement with children’s shows by former Beatles.

  1. Which Beatle wrote and produced an animated film released in 1984?
  2. What was the name of the 1984 animated film written and produced by a Beatle?
  3. What film was the 1984 animated film paired with for its theatrical release?
  4. What song from the 1984 animated film reached number three on the U.K. singles chart?
  5. Which Beatle served as the narrator for a British children’s TV show from 1984 – 1986?
  6. What was the name of the British children’s TV show narrated by a Beatle from 1984 – 1986?

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  1. Paul McCartney.
  2. Rupert And The Frog Song.
  3. The Paul McCartney film Give My Regards To Broad Street.
  4. We All Stand Together.
  5. Ringo.
  6. Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends.

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50 Years Ago: Beatles Please Please Me LP Tops the Charts

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The Beatles were still on vacation during the week of May 6, 1963. By the time they returned, their Please Please Me LP had moved up to number one on the Record Retailer Britain’s Top 20 LP’s chart, joining From Me To You, which had topped the magazine’s singles chart the week before.

The group’s first post-vacation concert was on Saturday, May 11, at the Imperial Ballroom in Lancashire, where over 2,000 fans showed up to see England’s latest chart-toppers. On Sunday, the group was in Alpha Television Studios in Birmingham to tape mined performances of From Me To You, their number one single, and I Saw Her Standing There, the exciting lead track on their number one album, for broadcast on the May 18 ABC TV show Thank Your Lucky Stars.

Today’s trivia questions pertain to the U.K. chart performance of the Beatles Please Please Me LP.

  1. In addition to Record Retailer, what other U.K. music magazines charted the Beatles Please Please Me LP at number one?
  2. What album did Please Please Me replace at the top of the Record Retailer LP chart?
  3. How many weeks did the Beatles Please Please Me LP hold down the number one spot on the Record Retailer LP chart?
  4. What album finally knocked the Please Please Me LP from the top of the Record Retailer LP chart?
  5. How many weeks was the Please Please Me LP on the Record Retailer LP charts during 1963 and 1964?

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  1. The Beatles Please Please Me LP topped the album charts published by Record Retailer, Melody Maker, New Musical Express and Disc Weekly.
  2. The Beatles Please Please Me LP replaced the soundtrack to Summer Holiday by Cliff Richard and the Shadows at the number one spot on the Record Retailer LP chart.
  3. The Beatles Please Please Me LP held down the number one spot on the Record Retailer LP charts for an incredible 30 straight weeks.
  4. The Beatles Please Please Me LP was finally knocked out of the number one spot on the Record Retailer LP chart by the next Beatles album, With The Beatles.
  5. The Beatles Please Please Me LP was on the Record Retailer LP charts for 70 weeks during 1963 and 1964.

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50 Years Ago: While the Beatles on Vacation, Singles Chart

WHILE BEATLES ON VACATION, SINGLES CHART IN U.K. AND SOME AMERICAN MARKETS

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As April 1963 drew to a close, the Beatles were enjoying a well-deserved vacation. Paul, George and Ringo were in Santa Cruz, Tenerife, while John was in Spain with manager Brian Epstein.

In the U.K., the group was gaining momentum with the brisk sales of its third single, From Me To You, which was already being reported at number one by New Musical Express. By week’s end, the song would begin its first of seven straight weeks at number one in Record Retailer and also top the charts published by Melody Maker and Disc Weekly, which in its May 4 issue awarded the single a silver disc, signifying sales of over 250,000 units.

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Meanwhile, in the U.S., the Beatles first American single, Please Please Me, was getting air play beyond the Chicago hometown of its American record label, Vee-Jay Records. Although the single was on the charts of four local stations this week 50 years ago, it did not break out nationally and failed to make the Top 100 charts published by Billboard, Cash Box and Music Vendor. Less than a year later, Please Please Me would be number three on all three national charts, blocked from the top by two other Beatles songs, I Want To Hold Your Hand and She Loves You.

Today’s trivia questions pertain to the America cities that got a preview of the Beatles during the first few months of 1963.

  1. Name five cities that had radio stations charting Please Please Me during the first half of 1963.
  2. What was the highest position reached by Please Please Me on any local American chart?BONUS: What were the call letters of the stations that Please Please Me played on during the first half of 1963?

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  1. The following cities had radio stations that charted Please Please Me during the first half of 1963: Chicago, Riverside/San Bernardino (California), San Francisco, Miami and Houston.
  2. Based on available information, the highest spot reached by Please Please Me in 1963 on an American local radio station chart was 34 (see details below).

BONUS: Chicago’s WLS was the first to chart the song, beginning with its March 8, 1963, Silver Dollar Survey. The song peaked at number 35.

KFXM of Riverside and San Bernardino first charted the song in its Fabulous 59 Survey of April 6, 1963. The song peaked at number 38.

San Francisco’s KEWB first charted the song in its April 20, 1963, survey. The song peaked at 34.

Miami’s WQAM charted the song at number 47 in its Fabulous 56 surveys of April 7 and May 3, 1963. This is the highest WQAM chart position I was able to confirm.

Houston’s KNUZ listed the song at number 34 on its survey dated May 3, 1963. I have no other information regarding the song’s performance on KNUZ.

If you have additional 1963 chart information for this single, please email it to me.

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50 Years Ago: Beatles Continue With Concerts

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For the Beatles, the fourth week of April 1963 was a continuation of their concert schedule. After a rare day off, the group played the Floral Hall in Southport on Tuesday, April 23. On Wednesday, over 2,000 people attended the Mersey Beat Showcase at the Majestic Ballroom in Finsbury Park, London. In addition to the Beatles, the concert featured other Liverpool acts such as Gerry & the Pacemakers and Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas. The next evening was another Mersey Beat Showcase, this time at the Ballroom in Croydon, Surrey.

The weekend began with a Friday night show at the Music Hall in Shrewsbury. The next evening, April 27, the group played the Memorial Hall in Northwich.

The following day marked the beginning of a well-deserved two-week break from the hectic schedule that Brian Epstein had assembled.

Today’s trivia questions pertain to what the Beatles did on their Spring of 1963 holiday.

  1. Which three Beatles vacationed together in the Spring of 1963 and where did they go?
  2. Which Beatle did not join the others?
  3. Where did he go on vacation and who did he go with?

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Paul, George and Ringo left on April 28, 1963, for a 12-day vacation in Santa Cruz, Tenerife. John did not join the others. Instead, he went on a trip to Spain with manager Brian Epstein.

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50 Years Ago: Beatles Play Royal Albert Hall & Empire Pool

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The third week of April 1963 for the Beatles was a mix of club dates, television appearances and prestigious concert appearances. On Monday, April 15, the group played the Riverside Dancing Club in Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire. The next day the group was in Manchester at Granada TV Centre for a live appearance on the show Scene At 6:30, during which they mined From Me To You. For those switching channels, the Beatles could also be seen in a taped performance on the BBC program The 6:25 Show, during which they performed From Me To You, Thank You Girl and Please Please Me. The following evening the group played the Majestic Ballroom in Luton, Bedfordshire.

On Thursday, April 18, the Beatles made their first appearance at the Royal Albert Hall in London, taking part in the BBC show Swinging Sound ’63, which featured other acts including Rolf Harris, Del Shannon and Kenny Lynch. During the first half of the concert, which was neither broadcast nor recorded, the Beatles played Please Please Me and Misery. During the second half, which was broadcast live on BBC radio, the group played Twist And Shout and From Me To You. It was this performance that inspired Del Shannon to record his own version of From Me To You.

The weekend began with a Mersey Beat Showcase at King’s Hall in Stoke-on-Trent. The program featured the Beatles and other Brian Epstein-managed acts such as Gerry & the Pacemakers and Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas. On Saturday, the Beatles were at the Ballroom in Frodsham, Cheshire.

On Sunday, April 21, the Beatles took part in the New Musical Express 1962-1963 Annual Poll-Winners’ All-Star Concert at Empire Pool in Wembley, Middlesex. Because voting for the awards took place in late 1962 before the Beatles became well known, the group had not won any poll. They were invited to participate in the 14-act show based upon their two recent number one hits, Please Please Me and From Me To You. The Beatles played those songs plus two high energy rockers, Twist And Shout and Long Tall Sally. The image at the top of the page is from this concert, which was the largest crowd the Beatles had played in front of, with over 10,000 people in attendance. That evening, the group played for a much smaller audience at the Pigalle Club in Piccadilly, London.

Today’s trivia questions deal with the Beatles appearance at the Royal Albert Hall.

  1. What future Beatles song would contain a reference to the Royal Albert Hall?
  2. What actress did Paul meet for the first time after the concert?
  3. What song was performed as the closing number by all the acts taking part in the concert?

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  1. The Beatles song A Day In The Life contains the line “Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall.”
  2. Paul met actress Jane Asher after the Beatles April 18, 1963, concert appearance at the Royal Albert Hall. Although he and Jane would become engaged to be married, they broke up in 1968.
  3. At the end of the Swinging Sound ’63 concert at the Royal Albert Hall, all of the acts took part in an instrumental performance of Mack The Knife.

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50 Years Ago: Beatles Release and Promote Third Single

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The Beatles spent the second week of April, 1963, promoting their soon-to-be-released third single, From Me To You. After a rare day off on Monday, the group did a live mid-day radio interview on April 9, 1963, on the BBC show Pop Inn, broadcast from Paris Studio in London, during which the From Me To You single was played. Then it was off to an afternoon rehearsal for a television appearance on Tuesday Rendezvous, which was broadcast live at 5:00 pm. The group lip-synced From Me To You. A portion of their previous single, Please Please Me, was played over the closing credits. That evening the band played a concert at the Gaumont State Cinema in London. The next three nights the Beatles played at the Majestic Ballroom in Brickenhead, the Co-operative Hall in Lancashire and the Cavern Club in Liverpool. The Friday night show at the Cavern was an eight-hour R&B marathon headlined by the Beatles.

The remainder of the weekend consisted of taping a pair of television appearances. On Saturday, April 13, the Beatles were at Lime Grove Studios in London for the BBC program The 625 Show, which was set for broadcast on April 16 at 6:25 pm. The group performed both sides of their new single, From Me To You and Thank You Girl, as well as closing the show with Please Please Me. On Sunday, they mimed a performance of From Me To You for their third appearance on Thank You Lucky Stars, which was broadcast the following Saturday at 5:50 pm. That evening the Beatles drove to Richmond-upon-Thames to see a band perform at the Crawdaddy Club.

Meanwhile, in the States, the Beatles second single was no longer charting on Chicago’s WLS Silver Dollar Survey; however, Please Please Me was getting some spins on KFXM, a California station that boasted it was number one in Riverside and San Bernardino. Please Please Me charted at number 41 on the station’s Fabulous 59 survey dated April 6, 1963. The song disappeared from the charts for two weeks before returning later in the month.

Today’s trivia questions deal with the label copy on the Beatles third single and the band the Beatles went to see on Sunday night.

  1. On the Beatles From Me To You single, what publishing information appears for the first time on a first issue of a Beatles record?
  2. On the Beatles From Me To You single, what information appears for the last time on the first issue of a U.K. Beatles record?
  3. What R&B band did the Beatles see for the first time at the Crawdaddy Club on April 14, 1963?

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  1. From Me To You is the first Beatles record to have the group’s original compositions credited to Northern Songs Limited. Although most pressings of the Please Please Me album credit I Saw Her Standing There, Misery, Do You Want To Know A Secret and There’s A Place to Northern Songs Ltd., the first pressings of the LP credit those songs to Dick James Mus. Co.
  2. From Me To You is the last first-issue U.K. Beatles record to have the songs credited to “McCartney-Lennon” rather than “Lennon-McCartney.”
  3. On April 14, 1963, the Beatles saw, for their first time, the Rolling Stones perform. The concert took place at the Crawdaddy Club.

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