The Beatles’ diary -- 12th February 1964

Wednesday, 12th February 1964

UK singles chart
  1. Needles And Pins – The Searchers
  2. I’m The One – Gerry & The Pacemakers
  3. Hippy Hippy Shake – Swinging Blue Jeans
  4. Glad All Over – The Dave Clark Five
  5. As Usual – Brenda Lee
UK albums chart
  1. With The Beatles – The Beatles
  2. Please Please Me – The Beatles
  3. How Do You Like It – Gerry & The Pacemakers
  4. West Side Story – Original Soundtrack
  5. Born Free – Frank Ifield
Press conference at the New York PlazaPress conference at the Plaza – 12 Feb ’64Photo: Dezo Hoffmann

Performance at the Carnegie Hall in New York, USA, attended by 2,954 people.

There was also a recording session for the TV show ‘Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! The Beatles In New York’. The programme was broadcast live (Granada).

The Beatles travelled back to New York to play 2 gigs at Carnegie Hall. This is often cited as the first rock ‘n’ roll show in the venerable arena, but they were actually beaten to it by Bill Haley and his Comets many moons ago. On the flight back East they read some more reports on yesterday’s gig at the Coliseum. Some of the funniest comments include: “They are imported hillbillies who look like sheep dogs and sound like alley cats in agony” (Lawrence Laurent of ‘The Washington Post’) and “They are four quite ordinary musicians who have unusually good diction for their own field” (same writer). Obviously he had bullets in his ears.

After the show was over Sid Bernstein tried booking them into Madison Square Garden. “We walked over to Madison Square Garden,” he said. “And looked …

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