The Beatles’ diary -- August 1964

August 1964

Sunday, 2nd August

The Beatles shared a bill with The Kinks.

Monday, 3rd August

George Martin released his ‘Off The Beatle Track’ album, full of instrumental interpretations of Beatles’ songs. (‘Off The Beatle Track’ was the original name for the ‘Please Please Me’ LP.)

Sunday, 9th August

Performance at Futurist Theatre in South Bay, Scarborough.

Tuesday, 11th August

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:00–23:00) during which they recorded Baby’s In Black.

First session for ‘Beatles For Sale’.

Wednesday, 12th August

Recording session for the radio show ‘The Teen Scene’ This show was transmitted on 13th August (BBC Light Programme) and featured an interview with Ringo Starr.

‘A Hard Day’s Night’ premiered in the States to general acclaim. Andrew Sarris of the ‘Village Voice’ described it as “the ‘Citizen Kane’ of jukebox musicals, a brilliant crystallization of such diverse cultural particles as the pop movie, cinema verite, the nouvelle vague, free cinema, the affectedly hand-held camera, the cult of the sexless sub adolescent, the semi documentary, and studied spontaneity.” I think that means he liked it.

Friday, 14th August

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:00–23:15) during which they recorded I’m A Loser, Mr. Moonlight and Leave My Kitten Alone.

Sunday, 16th August

Performance at the Opera House in Blackpool.

The Beatles shared a bill with The High Numbers… later known as The Who.

Tuesday, 18th August

Their first American tour, playing 26 shows in 24 different cities.

Wednesday, 19th August

Performance at the Cow Palace in San Fransisco, USA, attended by 17,130 people, as part of their First American Tour. They played Twist And Shout, You Can’t Do That, All My Loving, She Loves You, Things We Said Today, Roll Over Beethoven, Can’t Buy Me Love, If I Fell, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Boys, A Hard Day’s Night and Long Tall Sally.

Their first concert on the American tour was at the Cow Palace, San Francisco. The Bill Black Combo, Jackie DeShannon and The Righteous Brothers were the opening acts.

Thursday, 20th August

Performance at the Convention Center in Las Vegas, USA, attended by 16,816 people, as part of their First American Tour. They played Twist And Shout, You Can’t Do That, All My Loving, She Loves You, Things We Said Today, Roll Over Beethoven, Can’t Buy Me Love, If I Fell, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Boys, A Hard Day’s Night and Long Tall Sally.

Friday, 21st August

Performance at the Coliseum in Seattle, USA, attended by 14,382 people, as part of their First American Tour. They played Twist And Shout, You Can’t Do That, All My Loving, She Loves You, Things We Said Today, Roll Over Beethoven, Can’t Buy Me Love, If I Fell, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Boys, A Hard Day’s Night and Long Tall Sally.

This month-long tour was completely crazy. Everywhere they went were thousands of screaming kids and hard-pressed coppers. Girls tried sneaking into their room dressed as maids. Others claimed they’d made a reservation, and when that didn’t work they climbed up the garbage shoot, or shunted up the freight elevator!

Saturday, 22nd August

Performance at the Empire Stadium in Vancouver, Canada, attended by 20,621 people, as part of their First American Tour. They played Twist And Shout, You Can’t Do That, All My Loving, She Loves You, Things We Said Today, Roll Over Beethoven, Can’t Buy Me Love, If I Fell, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Boys, A Hard Day’s Night and Long Tall Sally.

The tour travelled on to Vancouver.

Sunday, 23rd August

Performance at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, USA, attended by 17,256 people, as part of their First American Tour. They played Twist And Shout, You Can’t Do That, All My Loving, She Loves You, Things We Said Today, Roll Over Beethoven, Can’t Buy Me Love, If I Fell, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Boys, A Hard Day’s Night and Long Tall Sally.

The Beatles first concert at The Hollywood Bowl. Six of these songs were included on the album ‘Live At The Hollywood Bowl’.

Monday, 24th August

‘Matchbox’ single – front cover ReleasedUSA single. Matchbox Peak position: Billboard – #17; Cashbox – #17; Record World – #22

The Beatles attended one of those horrible meet-and-greet fundraisers at Alan Livingston’s house – the boss of Capitol Records.

Tuesday, 25th August

The Beatles spent a night down the Whiskey A Go-Go, a small nightclub, situated at 8901 Sunset Boulevard, which has still got a huge reputation today.

Wednesday, 26th August

Performance at the Red Socks Amphitheatre in Denver, USA, attended by 7,000 people, as part of their First American Tour. They played Twist And Shout, You Can’t Do That, All My Loving, She Loves You, Things We Said Today, Roll Over Beethoven, Can’t Buy Me Love, If I Fell, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Boys, A Hard Day’s Night and Long Tall Sally.

George Martin described the Denver trip in his autobiography, ‘All You Need Is Ears’.

Thursday, 27th August

Performance at the Cincinnati Garens in Cincinnati, USA, attended by 14,000 people, as part of their First American Tour. They played Twist And Shout, You Can’t Do That, All My Loving, She Loves You, Things We Said Today, Roll Over Beethoven, Can’t Buy Me Love, If I Fell, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Boys, A Hard Day’s Night and Long Tall Sally.

The longest day of the tour by far. It began at 10 AM with a plane trip to Cincinnati, where they performed a quick gig and flew straight to New York City.

Friday, 28th August

Performance at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in Forest Hills, New York, USA, attended by 16,000 people, as part of their First American Tour. They played Twist And Shout, You Can’t Do That, All My Loving, She Loves You, Things We Said Today, Roll Over Beethoven, Can’t Buy Me Love, If I Fell, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Boys, A Hard Day’s Night and Long Tall Sally.

The Beatles met Bob Dylan. This was a landmark event in more ways than one – because it was the first time they smoked pot!

Saturday, 29th August

Performance at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in Forest Hills, New York, USA, attended by 16,000 people, as part of their First American Tour. They played Twist And Shout, You Can’t Do That, All My Loving, She Loves You, Things We Said Today, Roll Over Beethoven, Can’t Buy Me Love, If I Fell, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Boys, A Hard Day’s Night and Long Tall Sally.

Sunday, 30th August

Performance at the Convention Hall in Atlantic City, USA, attended by 18,000 people, as part of their First American Tour. They played Twist And Shout, You Can’t Do That, All My Loving, She Loves You, Things We Said Today, Roll Over Beethoven, Can’t Buy Me Love, If I Fell, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Boys, A Hard Day’s Night and Long Tall Sally.

This was the day of the famous ‘Hooker Incident’, which Larry Kane described in his good book ‘Ticket To Ride’

Monday, 31st August

Paul spoke to Elvis Presley on the telephone.


 
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