The Beatles’ diary -- March 1964

March 1964

Paul had now been living at the Asher’s house for little over five months, and was rapidly moving up a list of illustrious London lads. He found himself walking in the day-glo haze of hippy mates – primarily those of her pop-star brother (and future Apple man) Peter Asher. The most important man he got introduced to around this time was John Dunbar – the leading light on London’s avant-garde scene. It was through Dunbar that Paul got introduced to Robert Fraser, and became involved with the Indica bookshop.

Paul soon became a fixture at Dunbar’s flat at 29 Lennox Gardens, where he could smoke, drink and think about sixties issues with like-minded tripping hippies. It was at John Dunbar’s flat that Paul first met his missus – pretty little Marianne Faithfull. “It was certainly a …

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Sunday, 1st March

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:00–22:00) during which they recorded I’m Happy Just To Dance With You, Long Tall Sally and I Call Your Name.

Monday, 2nd March

The first day’s filming for ‘A Hard Day’s Night’. It only them took eight weeks to make it. On this first day’s shoot, they were met by one of the schoolgirls on the train – Pattie Boyd.

Wednesday, 4th March

George asked Patti out on a date.

Monday, 16th March

‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ single – front cover ReleasedUSA single. Can’t Buy Me Love Peak position: Billboard – #1; Cashbox – #1; Record World – #1

This was the day that Ringo was made Vice-President of the Leeds University Law Society.

Tuesday, 17th March

Recording session for the radio show ‘Today’ at the Les Ambassadeurs This show was transmitted on 18th March (BBC Home Service) and featured an interview with John Lennon.

Wednesday, 18th March

Recording session for the radio show ‘The Public Ear’ at the Twickenham Studios This show was transmitted on 22nd March (BBC Light Programme) and featured interviews with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

Thursday, 19th March

Recording session for the radio show ‘Movie-Go-Round’ at the Twickenham Studios This show was transmitted on 12th April (BBC Light Programme) and featured interviews with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

A further session for ‘The Variety Club Of Great Britain Awards For 1963’ took place later in the day at the Dorchester Hotel. This show was broadcast on 20th March (BBC) 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 Television Theatre. This show was broadcast on 25th March (BBC). They played Can’t Buy Me Love and You Can’t Do That.

Ringo unwittingly came up with the title for their first film after he said “it’s been a hard day’s night” in conversation. But he may have remembered it from a phrase in John’s book, because he mentions it in the ‘Sad Michael’ story at the end: “He’d had a hard day’s night that day, for Michael was a Cocky Watchtower.”

They also attended the 12th Annual Variety Club of Great Britain Awards at the Dorchester. There they were awarded the ‘Show Business Personalities of 1963’ gong, by the then leader of the opposition, Harold Wilson.

Friday, 20th March

‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ single – front cover ReleasedUK single. Can’t Buy Me Love Peak position: BBC – #1; Disc Weekly – #1; Melody Maker – #1; NME – #1; Record Retailer – #1

Recording session for the radio show ‘Movie-Go-Round’ at the Twickenham Studios This show was transmitted on 12th April (BBC Light Programme) and featured an interview with Ringo Starr.

A further session for ‘Ready, Steady, Go!’ took place later in the day at the Television House. The programme was broadcast live (Assoc-Rediff) and featured music and interviews with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They played It Won’t Be Long, You Can’t Do That and Can’t Buy Me Love.

Monday, 23rd March

‘Do You Want To Know A Secret’ single – front cover ReleasedUSA single. Do You Want To Know A Secret Peak position: Billboard – #2; Cashbox – #3; Record World – #3

‘Souvenir Of Their Visit To America’ EP – front cover ReleasedUSA EP. Souvenir Of Their Visit To America Peak position: Billboard – Didn’t enter; Cashbox – Didn’t enter; Record World – Didn’t enter

Recording session for the TV show ‘The Carl-Alan Awards’ at the Empire Ballroom. The programme was broadcast live (BBC) and featured interviews with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

A further session for ‘Tonight’ took place later in the day at the Lime Grove Studios. The programme was broadcast live (BBC) and featured an interview with John Lennon.

John’s first book, In His Own Write, was published in the UK. It came about because he wanted to “broaden his literary horizons”.

Tuesday, 24th March

Wax models of The Beatles were put on display at Madame Tussauds. These were the same models that were later used on the cover of the ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ LP.

Friday, 27th March

‘Why’ single – front cover ReleasedUSA single. Why Peak position: Billboard – #88; Cashbox – Didn’t enter; Record World – Didn’t enter

Monday, 30th March

Performance at the Odeon Cinema in Glasgow, Scotland.


 
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