The Beatles’ diary -- July 1963

July 1963

Sometime in the summer (date unknown) Brian thought it wise to rent a flat at 57 Green Street, Mayfair. By now the Beatles were becoming too famous to stay in small hotels because fans were busting in and wrecking the place. “By the time I got there,” recalled Paul, “the others had grabbed the best rooms and I was left with a tiny cramped room in the back.” The place was unfurnished and they never got round to buying any gear. “We kept saying, ‘We must get a table, we must get a kettle.’ But we were pretty hopeless about all that so it was a very cold place. There was no homeliness about it at all.”

Things didn’t stay the same for long because John moved in with his missus. The press had already found out about his secret wife and son, so there was no point in hiding them up in …

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Monday, 1st July

The Beatles outside EMI StudiosOutside EMI Studios – 1 Jul ’63Photo: Apple Corps Ltd.

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (17:00–22:45) during which they recorded She Loves You and I’ll Get You.

Tuesday, 2nd July

The Beatles outside Hotel PresidentOutside Hotel President – 2 Jul ’63Photo: Apple Corps Ltd.

Recording session for the radio show ‘Pop Go The Beatles’ at the BBC Maida Vale Studios This show was transmitted on 16th July (BBC Light Programme). They played That’s All Right (Mama), There’s A Place, Carol, Soldier Of Love, Lend Me Your Comb, Clarabella, Three Cool Cats, Sweet Little Sixteen and Ask Me Why.

Wednesday, 3rd July

Recording session for the radio show ‘The Beat Show’ at the Playhouse Theatre This show was transmitted on 4th July (BBC Light Programme). They played From Me To You, A Taste Of Honey and Twist And Shout.

Friday, 5th July

Performance at the Plaza Ballroom in Old Hill, Dudley.

Saturday, 6th July

Performance at the Victory Memorial Hall in Northwich.

Sunday, 7th July

Performance at the ABC Theatre in Blackpool.

Monday, 8th July

Performance at the Winter Gardens in Margate.

Tuesday, 9th July

Performance at the Winter Gardens in Margate.

Wednesday, 10th July

Performance at the Winter Gardens in Margate.

There was also a recording session for the radio show ‘Pop Go The Beatles’ at the Aeolian Hall Studios This show was transmitted on 23rd July (BBC Light Programme). They played Sweet Little Sixteen, A Taste Of Honey, Nothin’ Shakin’ (But The Leaves On The Trees), Love Me Do, Lonesome Tears In My Eyes and So How Come (No One Loves Me).

A further session for ‘Pop Go The Beatles’ took place later in the day at the Aeolian Hall Studios This show was transmitted on 30th July (BBC Light Programme). They played Memphis, Tennessee, Do You Want To Know A Secret, Till There Was You, Matchbox, Please Mister Postman and Hippy Hippy Shake.

Thursday, 11th July

Performance at the Winter Gardens in Margate.

Friday, 12th July

Performance at the Winter Gardens in Margate.

John Lennon was forced to deny reports that he thought Ringo was ugly.

Saturday, 13th July

Performance at the Winter Gardens in Margate.

Sunday, 14th July

Performance at the ABC Theatre in Blackpool.

Monday, 15th July

Paul was fined seventeen quid for speeding. He blamed the crazy kids on his tail: “They were following behind us in a van, so in order to escape I had to exceed the speed limit.”

Tuesday, 16th July

Recording session for the radio show ‘Pop Go The Beatles’ at the BBC Paris Theatre This show was transmitted on 6th August (BBC Light Programme). They played I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You), Crying, Waiting, Hoping, Kansas City/Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!, To Know Her Is To Love Her, The Honeymoon Song and Twist And Shout.

A further session for ‘Pop Go The Beatles’ took place later in the day at the BBC Paris Theatre This show was transmitted on 13th August (BBC Light Programme). They played Long Tall Sally, Please Please Me, She Loves You, You Really Got A Hold On Me, I’ll Get You and I Got A Woman.

A further session for ‘Pop Go The Beatles’ took place later in the day at the BBC Paris Theatre This show was transmitted on 20th August (BBC Light Programme). They played She Loves You, Words Of Love, Glad All Over, I Just Don’t Understand, Devil In Her Heart and Slow Down.

Wednesday, 17th July

‘Tony Sheridan With The Beatles’ EP – front cover ReleasedUK EP. Tony Sheridan With The Beatles Peak position: Record Retailer – Didn’t enter

‘Twist And Shout’ EP – front cover ReleasedUK EP. Twist And Shout Peak position: Record Retailer – #1

Recording session for the radio show ‘Easy Beat’ at the Playhouse Theatre This show was transmitted on 21st July (BBC Light Programme). They played I Saw Her Standing There, A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues, There’s A Place and Twist And Shout.

Thursday, 18th July

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:00–22:45) during which they recorded You Really Got A Hold On Me, Money (That’s What I Want), Devil In Her Heart and Till There Was You.

First session for ‘With The Beatles’. They had managed to record their entire debut LP in a single day in February ’64, but now that they were famous they started slacking – and they needed an entire six days spread over four months for the follow-up. (The other sessions were on the 30th July, 11th, 12th of September, and the 3rd and 23rd October.)

Friday, 19th July

Performance at the Ritz Ballroom in Rhyl, Wales.

Saturday, 20th July

Performance at the Ritz Ballroom in Rhyl, Wales.

Sunday, 21st July

Performance at the Queen’s Theatre in Blackpool.

Monday, 22nd July

Performance at the Odeon Cinema in Weston-Super-Mare.

Tuesday, 23rd July

Performance at the Odeon Cinema in Weston-Super-Mare.

Wednesday, 24th July

Performance at the Odeon Cinema in Weston-Super-Mare.

Thursday, 25th July

Performance at the Odeon Cinema in Weston-Super-Mare.

Friday, 26th July

Performance at the Odeon Cinema in Weston-Super-Mare.

Saturday, 27th July

Performance at the Odeon Cinema in Weston-Super-Mare.

Sunday, 28th July

Performance at the ABC Cinema in Great Yarmouth.

Tuesday, 30th July

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (10:00–13:30) during which they recorded Please Mister Postman and It Won’t Be Long.

A further session took place between 17:00–23:00 in Studio 2 at which they recorded Money (That’s What I Want), Till There Was You, Roll Over Beethoven, It Won’t Be Long and All My Loving.

There was also a recording session for the radio show ‘Non Stop Pop’ at the Playhouse Theatre This show was transmitted on 30th August (BBC Light Programme) and featured interviews with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

A further session for ‘Saturday Club’ took place later in the day at the Playhouse Theatre This show was transmitted on 24th August (BBC Light Programme). They played Long Tall Sally, She Loves You, Glad All Over, Twist And Shout, You Really Got A Hold On Me and I’ll Get You.

Wednesday, 31st July

Performance at the Imperial Ballroom in Nelson.


 
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