The Beatles’ diary -- 17th January 1964

Friday, 17th 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

Performance at the Olympia Theatre in Paris, France. They played From Me To You, Roll Over Beethoven, She Loves You, This Boy, Boys, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Twist And Shout and Long Tall Sally.

‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ went to number one in America’s ‘Cashbox’ chart (it went to number one in ‘Billboard’ a few weeks later), sparking wild celebrations in the Beatles’ suite. Mal Evans remembered: “They went mad! They always act this way when anything big happens – just a bunch of kids, jumping up and down with sheer delight. Paul climbed on my back demanding a piggyback. They felt that this was the biggest thing that could have happened. Gradually they quietened down, ordered some more drinks and sat down to appreciate fully what had happened. It was a wonderful, marvellous night for all of them. I was knocked out…”



 
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