The Beatles’ diary -- 14th January 1964

Tuesday, 14th January 1964

UK singles chart
  1. I Want To Hold Your Hand – The Beatles
  2. Glad All Over – The Dave Clark Five
  3. Hippy Hippy Shake – Swinging Blue Jeans
  4. I Only Want To Be With You – Dusty Springfield
  5. She Loves You – The Beatles
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. Freddie & The Dreamers – Freddie & The Dreamers
  5. West Side Story – Original Soundtrack

The Beatles flew to Paris to do eighteen concerts. The shows were shared with French chanteuse Sylvie Vartin and Trini Lopez. There was also a very-French assortment of juggling mimes and acrobats. The French press were predictably aloof, and dismissed them as “juvenile delinquent has-beens.” The ‘Daily Mail’ reported: “If Paris and The Beatles are going to have an affair; then it’s getting off to a very slow start… Beatlemania is, like Britain’s entry into the Common Market, a problem that the French prefer to put off for a while.” John remembered that this was where they first heard Bob Dylan’s ‘Freewheelin’ album, and for the next three weeks “we didn’t stop playing it. We all went potty on Dylan.”

This was also where Brian met Nat Weiss for the first time (Trini Lopez’s …

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