The Beatles’ diary -- 13th January 1963

Sunday, 13th January 1963

UK singles chart
  1. The Next Time / Bachelor Boy – Cliff Richard
  2. Return To Sender – Elvis Presley
  3. Dance On! – The Shadows
  4. Dance With The Guitar Man – Duane Eddy
  5. Lovesick Blues – Frank Ifield
UK albums chart
  1. West Side Story – Original Soundtrack
  2. Bobby Vee Meets The Crickets – Bobby Vee & The Crickets
  3. Out Of The Shadows – The Shadows
  4. Rock N’ Roll No 2 – Elvis Presley
  5. The Black And White Minstrel Show – The George Mitchell Minstrels

Recording session for the TV show ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’ at the Alpha Television Studios. This show was broadcast on 19th January (ABC). They played Please Please Me.

Whilst the Beatles were busy taping ‘Please Please Me’ for ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’, they were spotted by Tony Barrow’s mate, Andrew Loog Oldham. He immediately set about trying to blag a press-rep job off Brian. He remembered: “I went up to John and told him he was good. He agreed. I then asked who handled them and he pointed over his shoulder to a paisley scarf-clad businessman chatting nervously to Ringo in the corner. I hustled Epstein and got the job, mainly because nobody else had asked.”

Oldham’s lucky break lost a little of its gloss when he realised that Brian was only giving him Gerry and the Pacemakers and Billy J. Kramer to look after. (Four months later he caught the Rolling Stones playing at the Crawdaddy Club, and promptly quit NEMS to manage them instead – but …

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