60 years Ago: Beatles Record Fourth Single

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?

  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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