The Beatles’ diary -- 24th December 1963

Tuesday, 24th 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. Glad All Over – The Dave Clark Five
  5. Secret Love – Kathy Kirby
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. West Side Story – Original Soundtrack
  5. Sugar And Spice – The Searchers

Performance at the Astoria Cinema in Finsbury Park, London, as part of their Christmas Show. They played Roll Over Beethoven, All My Loving, This Boy, I Wanna Be Your Man, She Loves You, Till There Was You, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Money (That’s What I Want) and Twist And Shout.

First night of ‘The Beatles’ Christmas Show’ at the Astoria Cinema, London. This was Brian’s attempt at showcasing as many NEMS acts as he possibly could in the onfines of a Christmas panto. But the Beatles didn’t like the idea of a proper pantomime, “so we did our own show – like a pop show, and we kept appearing every few minutes, dressed up… for a laugh.” Tony Barrow remembered: “They were never much for rehearsing. That didn’t really matter as far as the songs were concerned, but the fact that they were so bad at doing the sketches was an added extra for the show – it was organised chaos but it was very funny chaos.” Paul said: “Let’s face it, they would have laughed even if we just sat there reading the Liverpool telephone directory!”

Their supporting acts were all stable …

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