The Beatles’ diary -- June 1964

June 1964

Sometime in June (date unknown), Brian’s dad sold the NEMS music shops. Peter Brown stayed on with the new owners for a while, but they didn’t see eye to eye, so he ended up joining NEMS Enterprises as Brian’s personal assistant.

Monday, 1st June

‘Sweet Georgia Brown’ single – front cover ReleasedUSA single. Sweet Georgia Brown Peak position: Billboard – Didn’t enter; Cashbox – Didn’t enter; Record World – Didn’t enter

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 during which they recorded Matchbox, I’ll Cry Instead and Slow Down.

Tuesday, 2nd June

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 during which they recorded Any Time At All, When I Get Home and Things We Said Today.

Wednesday, 3rd June

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (17:30–21:30) during which they recorded You’ll Know What To Do, It’s For You, No Reply, Any Time At All and Things We Said Today.

Ringo collapsed during a photo shoot, and was taken to hospital suffering from tonsillitis and pharyngitis. The doctors reported a temperature of 103 degrees, and promptly pulled him out of the world tour. This immediately set everyone running around like headless chickens, because they were supposed to be leaving in the morning!

Thursday, 4th June

Performance at the KB Hallen in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Denmark, as part of their World Tour. They played I Want To Hold Your Hand, I Saw Her Standing There, You Can’t Do That, All My Loving, She Loves You, Till There Was You, Roll Over Beethoven, Can’t Buy Me Love, This Boy and Long Tall Sally.

The Beatles (and Jimmy Nicol) flew to Denmark for the start of their world tour. The first show was at KB Hallen, near Copenhagen, and Jimmy took to the stage wearing Ringo’s suit – because they didn’t have time to make him one!

Friday, 5th June

The Beatles flew to Amsterdam and had a tour of the red-light district and a much more gentle tour of the canals in an open-topped boat.

Saturday, 6th June

Performance at the Veilinghal Op Hoop Van Zegen in Veilingweg, Blokker, Netherlands, as part of their World Tour. They played I Saw Her Standing There, I Want To Hold Your Hand, You Can’t Do That, All My Loving, She Loves You, Till There Was You, Roll Over Beethoven, Can’t Buy Me Love, This Boy and Long Tall Sally.

Sunday, 7th June

The Beatles flew to Hong Kong, and George remembered them saying, “‘Return to your seats, please, because we’re approaching Hong Kong.’ And I thought, ‘We can’t be there already, surely?’ But we’d been sitting on the floor taking Preludins for about 30 hours, so it seemed like a ten-minute flight!”

Tuesday, 9th June

Performance at the Princess Theatre in Kowloon, Hong Kong, as part of their World Tour. They played I Saw Her Standing There, I Want To Hold Your Hand, You Can’t Do That, All My Loving, She Loves You, Till There Was You, Roll Over Beethoven, Can’t Buy Me Love, This Boy and Long Tall Sally.

Thursday, 11th June

Ringo was finally discharged from hospital whilst the rest of the band flew to Sydney, Australia.

Friday, 12th June

Performance at the Centennial Hall in Wayville, Adelaide, Australia, as part of their World Tour. They played I Saw Her Standing There, I Want To Hold Your Hand, You Can’t Do That, All My Loving, She Loves You, Till There Was You, Roll Over Beethoven, Can’t Buy Me Love, This Boy and Long Tall Sally.

The Beatles flew to Adelaide. The police estimated that there were over 30,000 people lining the route from the airport to the city centre, but if they thought that that was big, then it was nothing compared to the quarter of a million standing outside the Town Hall!

Saturday, 13th June

Performance at the Centennial Hall in Wayville, Adelaide, Australia, as part of their World Tour. They played I Saw Her Standing There, I Want To Hold Your Hand, You Can’t Do That, All My Loving, She Loves You, Till There Was You, Roll Over Beethoven, Can’t Buy Me Love, This Boy and Long Tall Sally.

Sunday, 14th June

Ringo arrived in Sydney and half an hour later he was flying to Melbourne to re-join the tour.

Monday, 15th June

Performance at the Festival Hall in Melbourne, Australia, as part of their World Tour. They played I Saw Her Standing There, I Want To Hold Your Hand, You Can’t Do That, All My Loving, She Loves You, Till There Was You, Roll Over Beethoven, Can’t Buy Me Love, This Boy and Long Tall Sally.

Tuesday, 16th June

Performance at the Festival Hall in Melbourne, Australia, as part of their World Tour. They played I Saw Her Standing There, I Want To Hold Your Hand, You Can’t Do That, All My Loving, She Loves You, Till There Was You, Roll Over Beethoven, Can’t Buy Me Love, This Boy and Long Tall Sally.

Wednesday, 17th June

Thursday, 18th June

Performance at the Stadium in Rushcutter’s Bay, Sydney, Australia, as part of their World Tour. They played I Saw Her Standing There, I Want To Hold Your Hand, You Can’t Do That, All My Loving, She Loves You, Till There Was You, Roll Over Beethoven, Can’t Buy Me Love, This Boy and Long Tall Sally.

Friday, 19th June

‘Long Tall Sally’ EP – front cover ReleasedUK EP. Long Tall Sally Peak position: Record Retailer – #1

Performance at the Stadium in Rushcutter’s Bay, Sydney, Australia, as part of their World Tour. They played I Saw Her Standing There, I Want To Hold Your Hand, You Can’t Do That, All My Loving, She Loves You, Till There Was You, Roll Over Beethoven, Can’t Buy Me Love, This Boy and Long Tall Sally.

Saturday, 20th June

Performance at the Stadium in Rushcutter’s Bay, Sydney, Australia, as part of their World Tour. They played I Saw Her Standing There, I Want To Hold Your Hand, You Can’t Do That, All My Loving, She Loves You, Till There Was You, Roll Over Beethoven, Can’t Buy Me Love, This Boy and Long Tall Sally.

There was also a recording session for the radio show ‘Roundabout’ This show was transmitted on 27th June (BBC Light Programme) and featured interviews with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

The jelly-baby throwing business that started up a few months ago really started to hack them off. Everywhere they went they were met with a shower of jelly bullets.

Sunday, 21st June

They flew to New Zealand and were given a traditional Maori welcome at the airport – complete with semi-naked ladies nose-rubbing The Beatles. John joked that Cyn will have a fit when she saw the photos.

Monday, 22nd June

Performance at the Town Hall in Wellington, New Zealand, as part of their World Tour.

Tuesday, 23rd June

Performance at the Town Hall in Wellington, New Zealand, as part of their World Tour.

Wednesday, 24th June

Performance at the Town Hall in Auckland, New Zealand, as part of their World Tour.

The New Zealand police went around saying “We don’t want them, and we don’t know why you brought them. We only provide escorts for royalty and other important visitors.”

Thursday, 25th June

Performance at the Town Hall in Auckland, New Zealand, as part of their World Tour.

Friday, 26th June

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

Performance at the Town Hall in Dunedin, New Zealand, as part of their World Tour.

This was the day that John, George and Ringo played a practical joke on Paul that involved a naked lady, that he didn’t find at all amusing.

Saturday, 27th June

Performance at the Majestic Theatre in Christchurch, New Zealand, as part of their World Tour.

Monday, 29th June

Performance at the Festival Hall in Brisbane, Australia, as part of their World Tour.

The Beatles flew to Brisbane, only to be met by a gang of ‘Beatle haters’ who pelted their car with eggs, tomatoes and bits of wood. John said: “No more unscheduled appearances. For as long as we’re in Brisbane, it’s the hotel and hall for us.”

Tuesday, 30th June

Performance at the Festival Hall in Brisbane, Australia, as part of their World Tour.


 
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