The Beatles’ diary -- April 1964

April 1964

Sometime during April (date unknown) Derek Taylor started working as Brian’s personal assistant. He got the job after ghost-writing Brian’s up-and-coming biography, ‘A Cellarful Of Noise’. He only lasted five months.

Wednesday, 1st April

John met his father, Freddie, for the first time in seventeen years. “He went away to sea and I never saw him again until I made a lot of money. I opened the ‘Daily Express’ and there he was.”

Friday, 3rd April

Recording session for the TV show ‘Star Parade’ at the Twickenham Studios. This show was broadcast on 9th April (Tyne Tees) and featured interviews with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

Saturday, 4th April

The Beatles achieved the greatest-ever domination of the American chart by getting twelve songs in the Hot 100.

Friday, 10th April

‘The Beatles’ Second Album’ – front cover ReleasedUSA album. The Beatles’ Second Album Peak position: Billboard – #1; Cashbox – #1; Record World – #1

Wednesday, 15th April

Recording session for the TV show ‘A Degree Of Frost’ at the Television Centre. This show was broadcast on 18th May (BBC1) and featured an interview with Paul McCartney.

Thursday, 16th April

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:00–22:00) during which they recorded A Hard Day’s Night.

Sunday, 19th April

George and Ringo’s flat in Green Street got burgled. This was also the day that they filmed ‘Around The Beatles’ at the IBC Studios in London. They performed ‘Love Me Do’, ‘Please Please Me’, ‘From Me To You’, ‘She Loves You’ and ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ for broadcast on the 6th May. The second engineer at the session was Glyn Johns, who would later feature at the ‘Get Back’ sessions.

Monday, 20th April

George was interviewed by the ‘Daily Mail’, and offered up this insight into fame: “For me, I’m still an eggs and chips man. I’ve had caviar and I like it. But I’d still rather have an egg sandwich. The only difference now is that when I say things like that, the Egg Marketing Board send me a dozen for free!”

Thursday, 23rd April

London’s biggest bookshop – Foyles – held a literary lunch in John’s honour. The highlight of the night was John’s acceptance speech, which lasted all of five seconds: “Thankyou. It’s been a pleasure,” he said.

Sunday, 26th April

Recording session for the TV show ‘Big Beat ’64’ at the Empire Pool. This show was broadcast on 10th May (ABC). They played She Loves You, You Can’t Do That, Twist And Shout, Long Tall Sally and Can’t Buy Me Love.

The Beatles topped the NME’s Annual Poll, and received their gong from Moore… Roger Moore.

Monday, 27th April

‘Love Me Do’ single – front cover ReleasedUSA single. Love Me Do Peak position: Billboard – #1; Cashbox – #1; Record World – #1

This was the day that ‘In His Own Write’ was published in the US. Brian also chose this day to split the shares in NEMS Enterprises. They were originally shared out between him and his brother Clive, but he wanted to reward the Beatles’ stirling work. So he ended up with 5,000, Clive took 4,000, and The Beatles had 250 each. (This was adjusted again in December ’65, when Brian took 7,000, Clive took 2,000, and the Beatles kept hold of their 250 each.)

Tuesday, 28th April

Recording session for the TV show ‘Around The Beatles’ at the Hall of Remembrance. This show was broadcast on 6th May (Rediffusion) and featured music and interviews with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They played Twist And Shout, Roll Over Beethoven, I Wanna Be Your Man, Long Tall Sally, Can’t Buy Me Love, Love Me Do, Please Please Me, From Me To You, She Loves You, I Want To Hold Your Hand and shout.

Wednesday, 29th April

Recording session for the radio show ‘Scottish News’ This show was transmitted live (BBC Home Service) and featured interviews with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

Thursday, 30th April

Recording session for the TV show ‘Roundup’ at the Theatre Royal. This show was broadcast on 5th May (Scottish) and featured interviews with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

A further session for ‘Six Ten’ took place later in the day at the Roman Camp Hotel. The programme was broadcast live (BBC1) and featured interviews with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.


 
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