The Beatles’ diary -- 31st December 1963

Tuesday, 31st 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. I Only Want To Be With You – Dusty Springfield
UK albums chart
  1. With The Beatles – The Beatles
  2. Please Please Me – The Beatles
  3. West Side Story – Original Soundtrack
  4. Born Free – Frank Ifield
  5. How Do You Like It – Gerry & The Pacemakers

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.

George Martin made a little bit of history by producing more No.1 records in a single year than any other record producer: his songs accounted for 37 weeks-worth of number ones! As well as The Beatles, he also had big hits with Cilla Black, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer and Matt Munro. But did he get a pay rise? Did he fuck. And this would lead to him leaving EMI just a few years later.

“Sleep was something of a luxury that year,” he explained. “Because I was still recording a lot of my earlier artists. But the year definitely belonged to The Beatles, and the search for talent from the North became like a Klondike gold rush. Record companies are notorious for trying to hop onto a bandwagon, and if there’s a smell of anything new happening they all rush after it… every …

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