The Beatles’ diary -- February 1963

February 1963

Friday, 1st February

Performance at the Assembly Rooms in Tamworth.

They played another show at the Maney Hall in Maney, Sutton Coldfield later in the day.

Saturday, 2nd February

Performance at the Gaumont Cinema in Bradford, as part of their Helen Shapiro Tour.

First night of the Helen Shapiro tour. This was a bit of a come-down because they found themselves at the bottom of the bill again, supporting a sixteen-year-old kid. Ringo remembered that “Helen was definitely the star. She had a telly in her room and we didn’t have one. We had to ask her if we could watch hers.”

Sunday, 3rd February

Performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

Monday, 4th February

Performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

Tuesday, 5th February

Performance at the Gaumont Cinema in Doncaster, as part of their Helen Shapiro Tour.

Wednesday, 6th February

Performance at the Granada Cinema in Bedford, as part of their Helen Shapiro Tour.

Thursday, 7th February

‘Please Please Me’ single – front cover ReleasedUSA single. Please Please Me Peak position: Billboard – Didn’t enter; Cashbox – Didn’t enter; Record World – Didn’t enter

Performance at the Regal Cinema in Wakefield, as part of their Helen Shapiro Tour.

Released their first single in the States: ‘Please Please Me / Ask Me Why’. It flopped. It didn’t even get into the charts! It wouldn’t be long before things turned around, however. Because exactly one year to this day they would fly into JFK under much different circumstances…

Friday, 8th February

Performance at the ABC Cinema in Carlisle, as part of their Helen Shapiro Tour.

The Beatles were refused entry to the Crown And Mitre Hotel because they were wearing leather jackets, and the ‘Daily Express’ ran an anti-Beatles story in the morning.

Saturday, 9th February

Performance at the Empire Theatre in Sunderland, as part of their Helen Shapiro Tour.

Monday, 11th February

Recording at EMI StudiosRecording at EMI Studios – 11 Feb ’63Photo: Dezo Hoffmann

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (10:00–13:00) during which they recorded There’s A Place and I Saw Her Standing There.

A further session took place between 14:30–18:00 in Studio 2 at which they recorded A Taste Of Honey, Do You Want To Know A Secret, There’s A Place, I Saw Her Standing There and Misery.

A further session took place between 19:30–22:45 in Studio 2 at which they recorded Hold Me Tight, Anna (Go To Him), Boys, Chains, Baby It’s You and Twist And Shout.

The Beatles recorded the remainder of their ‘Please Please Me’ LP in one marathon session, lasting 585 minutes.

Tuesday, 12th February

Performance at the Astoria Ballroom in Oldham.

They played another show at the Azena Ballroom in Gleadless, Sheffield later in the day.

Wednesday, 13th February

Performance at the Majestic Ballroom in Witham, Hull.

Thursday, 14th February

Performance at the Locarno Ballroom in Liverpool.

Friday, 15th February

Performance at the Ritz Ballroom in King’s Reach, Birmingham.

Saturday, 16th February

Performance at the Carfax Assembly Rooms in Oxford.

The Beatles appeared on the front cover of ‘Record Mirror’ – the first time they got onto the cover of a national music mag.

Sunday, 17th February

Recording session for the TV show ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’ at the Teddington Studio Centre. This show was broadcast on 23rd February (ABC). They played Please Please Me.

Monday, 18th February

Performance at the Queen’s Hall in Widnes.

Tuesday, 19th February

Performing at the Cavern ClubPerforming at the Cavern Club – 19 Feb ’63Photo: Michael Ward

Performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

Wednesday, 20th February

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 1 (10:30–13:00) during which they recorded Misery and Baby It’s You.

They also performed at the Swimming Baths in Doncaster.

There was also a recording session for the radio show ‘Parade Of The Pops’ at the Playhouse Theatre This show was transmitted live (BBC Light Programme). They played Love Me Do and Please Please Me.

Thursday, 21st February

Performance at the Majestic Ballroom in Birkenhead.

Friday, 22nd February

Performance at the Oasis Club in Manchester.

Dick James suggested to Brian that John and Paul should start up their own publishing company so they could share in all the profits. He duly agreed and Northern Songs was born. John and Paul initially assumed that they’d own the whole company, but they were only given 49 shares between them.

Saturday, 23rd February

Performance at the Granada Cinema in Mansfield, as part of their Helen Shapiro Tour.

Sunday, 24th February

Performance at the Coventry Theatre in Coventry, as part of their Helen Shapiro Tour.

Monday, 25th February

Performance at the Casino Ballroom in Leigh.

Tuesday, 26th February

Performance at the Gaumont Cinema in Taunton, as part of their Helen Shapiro Tour.

Wednesday, 27th February

Performance at the Rialto Theatre in York, as part of their Helen Shapiro Tour.

Thursday, 28th February

Performance at the Granada Cinema in Shrewsbury, as part of their Helen Shapiro Tour.


 
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