The Beatles’ diary -- 23rd March 1964

Monday, 23rd March 1964

UK singles chart
  1. Little Children – Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas
  2. Bits And Pieces – The Dave Clark Five
  3. Anyone Who Had A Heart – Cilla Black
  4. Not Fade Away – The Rolling Stones
  5. Just One Look – The Hollies
UK albums chart
  1. With The Beatles – The Beatles
  2. Please Please Me – The Beatles
  3. Stay With The Hollies – The Hollies
  4. West Side Story – Original Soundtrack
  5. How Do You Like It – Gerry & The Pacemakers

‘Do You Want To Know A Secret’ single – front cover ReleasedUSA single. Do You Want To Know A Secret Peak position: Billboard – #2; Cashbox – #3; Record World – #3

‘Souvenir Of Their Visit To America’ EP – front cover ReleasedUSA EP. Souvenir Of Their Visit To America Peak position: Billboard – Didn’t enter; Cashbox – Didn’t enter; Record World – Didn’t enter

Recording session for the TV show ‘The Carl-Alan Awards’ at the Empire Ballroom. The programme was broadcast live (BBC) and featured interviews with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

A further session for ‘Tonight’ took place later in the day at the Lime Grove Studios. The programme was broadcast live (BBC) and featured an interview with John Lennon.

John’s first book, In His Own Write, was published in the UK. It only came about because he wanted to “broaden his literary horizons” (i.e. he was becoming embarrassed about his poofy lyrics!). He said of the songs: “They had no more thought to them than… to create a sound. The words were almost irrelevant. I had a separate, song writing, John Lennon who wrote songs for the meat-market, and I didn’t consider the lyrics to have any depth at all. They were just a joke.” But he did his level best to play down the book too: “It’s about nothing. If you like it, you like it. If you don’t, you don’t. That’s all there is to it. There’s nothing deep in it, it’s just meant to be funny. I put things down on sheets of paper and stuff them in my pocket, and when I have enough, I have a book.” …

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