The Beatles’ diary -- 11th February 1963

Monday, 11th February 1963

UK singles chart
  1. Diamonds – Jet Harris & Tony Meehan
  2. The Next Time / Bachelor Boy – Cliff Richard
  3. Please Please Me – The Beatles
  4. Wayward Wind – Frank Ifield
  5. Like I Do – Maureen Evans
UK albums chart
  1. Summer Holiday – Cliff Richard
  2. Girls Girls Girls – Elvis Presley
  3. West Side Story – Original Soundtrack
  4. Out Of The Shadows – The Shadows
  5. Rock N’ Roll No 2 – Elvis Presley
Recording at EMI StudiosRecording at EMI Studios – 11 Feb ’63Photo: Dezo Hoffmann

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (10:00–13:00) during which they recorded There’s A Place and I Saw Her Standing There.

A further session took place between 14:30–18:00 in Studio 2 at which they recorded A Taste Of Honey, Do You Want To Know A Secret, There’s A Place, I Saw Her Standing There and Misery.

A further session took place between 19:30–22:45 in Studio 2 at which they recorded Hold Me Tight, Anna (Go To Him), Boys, Chains, Baby It’s You and Twist And Shout.

The Beatles recorded the remainder of their ‘Please Please Me’ LP in one marathon session, lasting 585 minutes. George Martin explained: “There wasn’t a lot of money at Parlophone. I was working to an annual budget of £55,000 and I could spend it however I wished, but I had to produce a certain amount of records a year. So, I wanted to get the Beatles’ first album recorded in a day and released very quickly, because once we’d made the first single, my commercial instincts told me that I had to have an album out every quickly. So I got the boys together and asked them, ‘What have you got? What can we record really quickly?’ And they replied by telling me, ‘Only the stuff we can do in our act.’ So then I chose the stuff that would appeal to the kids of the day, things like ‘Anna (Go …

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