The Beatles’ diary -- February 1964

February 1964

Sometime in early ’64 (date unknown) Brian instigated some lousy business deals that ended up costing them a fortune. The most famous example was when he gave away the Beatles’ merchandising rights for a paltry 10% of the profits. His office at NEMS had been swamped with a daily barrage of requests to license all sorts of tacky crap since 1963 – wigs, sticker-books, bootlaces, bed-spreads, chocolate bars etc – and Tony Barrow noted that “it was almost impossible to convey how overwhelming it all was. In merchandising terms, the only possible comparison was Walt Disney. In pop, nothing had ever been that big.” So when Nicky Byrne offered to make it all go away (and earn them thousands of pounds in the process) Brian leapt at the chance.

Byrne was one smart cookie, and immediately …

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Saturday, 1st February

Performance at the Olympia Theatre in Paris, France. They played From Me To You, Roll Over Beethoven, She Loves You, This Boy, Boys, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Twist And Shout and Long Tall Sally.

Sunday, 2nd February

Performance at the Olympia Theatre in Paris, France. They played From Me To You, Roll Over Beethoven, She Loves You, This Boy, Boys, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Twist And Shout and Long Tall Sally.

Monday, 3rd February

‘The Beatles With Tony Sheridan And Guests’ album – front cover ReleasedUSA album. The Beatles With Tony Sheridan And Guests Peak position: Billboard – #68; Cashbox – #43; Record World – Didn’t enter

Performance at the Olympia Theatre in Paris, France. They played From Me To You, Roll Over Beethoven, She Loves You, This Boy, Boys, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Twist And Shout and Long Tall Sally.

Tuesday, 4th February

Performance at the Olympia Theatre in Paris, France. They played From Me To You, Roll Over Beethoven, She Loves You, This Boy, Boys, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Twist And Shout and Long Tall Sally.

Wednesday, 5th February

The Beatles flew back to London, and their press agent flew to New York to prepare for their imminent arrival. This was also the day that the judge delivered his final verdict on the Capitol/Vee-Jay court case.

Friday, 7th February

‘All My Loving’ EP – front cover ReleasedUK EP. All My Loving Peak position: Record Retailer – #1

Recording session for the radio show ‘Saturday Club’ This show was transmitted on 8th February (BBC Light Programme) and featured interviews with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

Exactly one year after their first US single flopped out of sight, The Beatles made their triumphant visit to America.

Saturday, 8th February

Their famous photo shoot in Central Park, followed by a gaggle of 400 excited women. George was suffering from the flu at the time, so he stayed behind at the Plaza and Neil Aspinall had to stand in for him during ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ rehearsals.

Sunday, 9th February

Their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Brian had signed away all three Sunday shows for $10,000 because it assured them top-billing on prime-time Sunday night – Sullivan had the most popular show on telly.

Monday, 10th February

‘Introducing The Beatles’ album – front cover Re-releasedUSA album. Introducing The Beatles Peak position: Billboard – #2; Cashbox – #2; Record World – #1

The papers next morning were full of stories about the Beatles record-breaking appearance the night before.

Tuesday, 11th February

The Beatles in Washington DCWashington DC – 11 Feb ’64Photo: Apple Corps Ltd.
Ringo performing at the Washington ColiseumAt the Washington Coliseum – 11 Feb ’64Photo: Assoc. Newspapers

Performance at the Washington Coliseum in Washington DC, USA (20:30), attended by 8,092 people. They played Roll Over Beethoven, From Me To You, I Saw Her Standing There, This Boy, All My Loving, I Wanna Be Your Man, Please Please Me, Till There Was You, She Loves You, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Twist And Shout and Long Tall Sally.

The Beatles boarded a train to Washington with Murry the K and various members of the press. The evening was taken up with a gig at the Washington Coliseum – their first-ever live show in the US.

Wednesday, 12th February

Press conference at the New York PlazaPress conference at the Plaza – 12 Feb ’64Photo: Dezo Hoffmann

Performance at the Carnegie Hall in New York, USA, attended by 2,954 people.

There was also a recording session for the TV show ‘Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! The Beatles In New York’. The programme was broadcast live (Granada).

The Beatles travelled back to New York to play 2 gigs at Carnegie Hall. This is often cited as the first rock ‘n’ roll show in the venerable arena, but they were actually beaten to it by Bill Haley and his Comets many moons ago.

Thursday, 13th February

Relaxing on th ‘Southern Trail’ yacht in MiamiOnboard a yacht in Miami – 13 Feb ’64Photo: Assoc. Newspapers

The Beatles flew to Miami to prepare for their second appearance on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’. Seven thousand kids were waiting at the airport, and so many chairs were chucked and windows smashed that the clean-up bill was over two grand.

Sunday, 16th February

The Beatles second appearance on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’Recording ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ – 16 Feb ’64Photo: Dezo Hoffmann

The Beatles second appearance on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’, watched by over seventy million people. This was recorded live at the Deauville Hotel where they were staying. They played ‘She Loves You’, ‘This Boy’, ‘All My Loving’, ‘I Saw Her Standing There’, ‘From Me To You’, ‘Till There Was You’ and ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’.

Tuesday, 18th February

The Beatles meeting Cassius Clay (aka Muhammad Ali)Meeting Cassius Clay – 18 Feb ’64Photo: Assoc. Newspapers
The Beatles and Cassius Clay (aka Muhammad Ali)Meeting Cassius Clay – 18 Feb ’64Photo: Assoc. Newspapers

The Beatles met Cassius Clay at his training camp, before his famous bout with Sonny Liston. (This was before he became better-known as Muhammad Ali.)

Thursday, 20th February

‘Twist And Shout’ single – front cover ReleasedUSA single. Twist And Shout Peak position: Billboard – #2; Cashbox – #1; Record World – #1

‘Jolly What! England’s Greatest Recording Stars The Beatles & Frank Ifield On Stage’ album – front cover ReleasedUSA album. Jolly What! England’s Greatest Recording Stars The Beatles & Frank Ifield On Stage Peak position: Billboard – #104; Cashbox – #73; Record World – Didn’t enter

Saturday, 22nd February

The Beatles returning to the UK from the StatesEcstatic welcome at Heathrow Airport – 22 Feb ’64Photo: Dezo Hoffmann

Recording session for the radio show ‘Saturday Club’ This show was transmitted live (BBC Light Programme) and featured interviews with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

A further session for ‘Grandstand’ took place later in the day. The programme was broadcast live (BBC) and featured interviews with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

The Beatles arrived back in Britain.

Sunday, 23rd February

Recording session for the TV show ‘Big Night Out’ at the Teddington Studio Centre. This show was broadcast on 29th February (ABC) and featured music and interviews with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They played All My Loving, I Wanna Be Your Man, Till There Was You, Please Mister Postman, Money (That’s What I Want) and I Want To Hold Your Hand.

The Beatles third appearance on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’. They performed ‘Twist And Shout’, ‘Please Please Me’ and ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’. The show was pre-recorded on the 9th February. It also featured a set by the English comedy kings, Morcambe and Wise.

Tuesday, 25th February

George celebrating his 21st birthdayGeorge’s 21st birthday – 25 Feb ’64Photo: Assoc. Newspapers
George celebrating his 21st birthdayGeorge’s 21st birthday – 25 Feb ’64Photo: Assoc. Newspapers

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (10:00–13:30) during which they recorded Can’t Buy Me Love and You Can’t Do That.

A further session took place between 14:30–17:30 in Studio 2 at which they recorded And I Love Her and I Should Have Known Better.

George’s 21st birthday. He received over thirty thousand birthday cards, including two full-size doors for all of the keys!

Wednesday, 26th February

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 during which they recorded I Should Have Known Better and And I Love Her.

Thursday, 27th February

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 during which they recorded And I Love Her, Tell Me Why and If I Fell.

Friday, 28th February

‘Cry For A Shadow’ single – front cover ReleasedUK single. Cry For A Shadow Peak position: Record Retailer – Didn’t enter

Recording session for the radio show ‘From Us To You’ at the Piccadilly Theatre This show was transmitted on 30th March (BBC Light Programme). They played You Can’t Do That, Roll Over Beethoven, Till There Was You, I Wanna Be Your Man, Please Mister Postman, All My Loving, This Boy and Can’t Buy Me Love.

By the end of February Paul had already been living with Asher for a number of months, and had got very friendly with her older brother, Peter., who had been busy carving out a pop career as one half of Peter and Gordon.


 
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