The Beatles’ diary -- July 1964

July 1964

Thursday, 2nd July

The Beatles returned to Britain.

Monday, 6th July

Premiere of ‘A Hard Day’s Night’‘A Hard Day’s Night’ premiere – 6 Jul ’64

‘Ain’t She Sweet’ single – front cover ReleasedUSA single. Ain’t She Sweet Peak position: Billboard – #19; Cashbox – #14; Record World – #13

The UK premiere of their first feature film ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, at the London Pavilion, in the presence of Princess Margaret. The Rolling Stones caused a bit of a fuss by refusing to stand up for the National Anthem. After the screening they all went to the Dorchester for a little party.

Tuesday, 7th July

Recording session for the radio show ‘The Teen Scene’ This show was transmitted on 9th July (BBC Light Programme) and featured an interview with John Lennon.

A further session for ‘Scene At 6.30’ took place later in the day at the Television House. The programme was broadcast live (Granada) and featured interviews with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

A further session for ‘Top Of The Pops’ took place later in the day at the Lime Grove Studios. This show was broadcast on 8th July (BBC1). They played A Hard Day’s Night, Things We Said Today and Long Tall Sally.

Friday, 10th July

‘A Hard Day’s Night’ single – front cover ReleasedUK single. A Hard Day’s Night Peak position: BBC – #1; Disc Weekly – #1; Melody Maker – #1; NME – #1; Record Retailer – #1

‘A Hard Day’s Night’ album – front cover ReleasedUK album. A Hard Day’s Night Peak position: Disc Weekly – #1; Melody Maker – #1; NME – #1; Record Retailer – #1

Recording session for the TV show ‘Look North’. The programme was broadcast live (BBC1) and featured interviews with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

A further session for ‘Scene At 6.30’ took place later in the day. The programme was broadcast live (Granada) and featured interviews with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

The Beatles flew to Liverpool for the first screening of ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ in the North. They were met by over 200,000 people and were presented with the keys to the city.

Saturday, 11th July

Recording session for the TV show ‘Lucky Stars (Summer Spin)’ at the Twickenham Studios. The programme was broadcast live (ABC). They played A Hard Day’s Night, Long Tall Sally, Things We Said Today and You Can’t Do That.

Sunday, 12th July

Performance at the Hippodrome Theatre in Brighton.

George pranged his new E-Type Jaguar, and passers-by collected up bits of glass as souvenirs.

Monday, 13th July

‘A Hard Day’s Night’ single – front cover ReleasedUSA single. A Hard Day’s Night Peak position: Billboard – #1; Cashbox – #1; Record World – #1

Tuesday, 14th July

Recording session for the radio show ‘Top Gear’ at the Broadcasting House This show was transmitted on 16th July (BBC Light Programme). They played Long Tall Sally, Things We Said Today, A Hard Day’s Night, And I Love Her, I Should Have Known Better, If I Fell and You Can’t Do That.

Wednesday, 15th July

John bought Kenwood. It cost him twenty grand and had a golf course next-door. He then spent forty grand sprucing it up, installing a swimming pool and landscaping the back.

Friday, 17th July

Recording session for the radio show ‘From Us To You’ at the BBC Paris Studio This show was transmitted on 3rd August (BBC Light Programme). They played Long Tall Sally, If I Fell, I’m Happy Just To Dance With You, Things We Said Today, I Should Have Known Better, Boys, Kansas City/Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! and A Hard Day’s Night.

Sunday, 19th July

Recording session for the TV show ‘Blackpool Night Out’ at the ABC Theatre. The programme was broadcast live (ABC). They played A Hard Day’s Night, And I Love Her, If I Fell, Things We Said Today and Long Tall Sally.

Monday, 20th July

‘And I Love Her’ single – front cover ReleasedUSA single. And I Love Her Peak position: Billboard – #12; Cashbox – #14; Record World – #16

‘I’ll Cry Instead’ single – front cover ReleasedUSA single. I’ll Cry Instead Peak position: Billboard – #25; Cashbox – #22; Record World – #28

‘Something New’ album – front cover ReleasedUSA album. Something New Peak position: Billboard – #2; Cashbox – #2; Record World – #2

Saturday, 25th July

Recording session for the TV show ‘Juke Box Jury’ at the Television Centre. The programme was broadcast live (BBC1) and featured an interview with George Harrison.

A further session for ‘Juke Box Jury’ took place later in the day at the Television Centre. This show was broadcast on 1st August (BBC1) and featured an interview with Ringo Starr.

Sunday, 26th July

Performance at the Opera House in Blackpool.

Tuesday, 28th July

Performance at the Johanneshovs Isstadion in Stockholm, Sweden.

A ‘shocking’ show in Sweden. John and Paul received some electric shocks from a poorly earthed microphone.

Wednesday, 29th July

Performance at the Johanneshovs Isstadion in Stockholm, Sweden.


 
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