The Beatles’ diary -- 20th January 1963

Sunday, 20th January 1963

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

Mal Evans’ first day working for the Beatles. He used to work The Cavern Club door, turfing out all the little kids, but when Neil came down with a fever one day, he got the job of driving them to London. He didn’t have a very enjoyable trip, though, because the windscreen smashed on the motorway! John recalled: “You should have seen Mal. He had this paper bag over his head with a big split in it for eyes. He looked like a fucking bank robber! We were all in the back of the van doing the same thing. It was freezing! Mal had to knock out the rest of the broken glass and just drive on. It was perishing.” The next day he brought the van back good as new, having replaced the window himself, and he stayed with them for the rest of the decade.

The Beatles now had two road managers – …

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