The Beatles’ diary -- 17th December 1963

Tuesday, 17th December 1963

UK singles chart
  1. I Want To Hold Your Hand – The Beatles
  2. She Loves You – The Beatles
  3. You Were Made For Me – Freddie & The Dreamers
  4. Secret Love – Kathy Kirby
  5. Maria Elena – Los Indios Tabajaras
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. Meet The Searchers – The Searchers
  5. Born Free – Frank Ifield

Recording session for the radio show ‘Saturday Club’ at the Playhouse Theatre This show was transmitted on 21st December (BBC Light Programme). They played All My Loving, This Boy, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Till There Was You, Roll Over Beethoven and She Loves You.

The WWDC disc jockey Carrol James finally got his hands on a copy of ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ and invited the little kid Marsha Albert to the station to introduce it. Live on air he said: “So Marsha Albert, of Dublin Drive, Silver Spring, has the honour of introducing something brand new, an exclusive, here at WWDC. Marsha, the microphone on the Carroll James show is all yours…” Marsha then said the words that went down in history: “Ladies and gentlemen, for the first time on the air in the United States, here are the Beatles singing ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand.”’

The response was immediate and overwhelming. Fans were phoning every minute of the day to have this record played. WWDC ended up airing it once an hour, every hour – every day of the fuckin’ week! Meanwhile, sitting at …

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