The Beatles’ diary -- May 1963

May 1963

Wednesday, 1st May

Tony Barrow left Decca, and started working for NEMS.

Monday, 6th May

‘From Me To You’ single – front cover ReleasedUSA single. From Me To You Peak position: Billboard – #116; Cashbox – Didn’t enter; Record World – Didn’t enter

Friday, 10th May

George was judge on a beat-group contest at the Philharmonic Hall. One of the other judges was Dick Rowe (the man who turned them down at Decca) and George told him all about the Stones’ gig at the Crawdaddy Club last month. So he immediately took the train down to London to check them out.

Saturday, 11th May

Performance at the Imperial Ballroom in Nelson, attended by 2,000 people.

Sunday, 12th May

Recording session for the TV show ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’ at the Alpha Television Studios. This show was broadcast on 18th May (ABC). They played From Me To You and I Saw Her Standing There.

Tuesday, 14th May

Performance at the Rink Ballroom in Sunderland.

Wednesday, 15th May

Thursday, 16th May

Recording session for the TV show ‘Pops And Lenny’ at the Television Theatre. The programme was broadcast live (BBC). They played From Me To You and Please Please Me.

Dick Rowe – the man who turned down the Beatles – redeemed himself by signing up The Rolling Stones.

Friday, 17th May

Performance at the Grosvenor Rooms in Norwich.

Saturday, 18th May

Performance at the Adelphi Cinema in Slough, as part of their Roy Orbison Tour. They played Some Other Guy, Do You Want To Know A Secret, Love Me Do, From Me To You, Please Please Me, I Saw Her Standing There and Twist And Shout.

Start of The Roy Orbison Tour. It was during this tour that the Beatles started causing riots, with all the crazy ladies trying to get a piece. But it still went largely unreported in the press.

Sunday, 19th May

Performance at the Gaumont Cinema in Hanley, as part of their Roy Orbison Tour. They played Some Other Guy, Do You Want To Know A Secret, Love Me Do, From Me To You, Please Please Me, I Saw Her Standing There and Twist And Shout.

Monday, 20th May

Performance at the Gaumont Cinema in Southampton, as part of their Roy Orbison Tour. They played Some Other Guy, Do You Want To Know A Secret, Love Me Do, From Me To You, Please Please Me, I Saw Her Standing There and Twist And Shout.

Tuesday, 21st May

Recording session for the radio show ‘Saturday Club’ at the Playhouse Theatre This show was transmitted on 25th May (BBC Light Programme). They played I Saw Her Standing There, Do You Want To Know A Secret, Boys, Long Tall Sally, From Me To You and Money (That’s What I Want).

A further session for ‘Steppin’ Out’ took place later in the day at the Playhouse Theatre This show was transmitted on 3rd June (BBC Light Programme). They played Please Please Me, I Saw Her Standing There, Roll Over Beethoven, Twist And Shout, Thank You Girl and From Me To You.

Wednesday, 22nd May

Performance at the Gaumont Cinema in Ipswich, as part of their Roy Orbison Tour. They played Some Other Guy, Do You Want To Know A Secret, Love Me Do, From Me To You, Please Please Me, I Saw Her Standing There and Twist And Shout.

Thursday, 23rd May

Performance at the Odeon Cinema in Nottingham, as part of their Roy Orbison Tour. They played Some Other Guy, Do You Want To Know A Secret, Love Me Do, From Me To You, Please Please Me, I Saw Her Standing There and Twist And Shout.

Friday, 24th May

Performance at the Granada Cinema in Walthamstow, London, as part of their Roy Orbison Tour. They played Some Other Guy, Do You Want To Know A Secret, Love Me Do, From Me To You, Please Please Me, I Saw Her Standing There and Twist And Shout.

There was also a recording session for the radio show ‘Pop Go The Beatles’ at the Aeolian Hall Studios This show was transmitted on 4th June (BBC Light Programme). They played From Me To You, Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby, Do You Want To Know A Secret, You Really Got A Hold On Me, Misery and Hippy Hippy Shake.

The Beatles recorded their very-own BBC radio show, called Pop Go The Beatles. It ran for the fifteen weeks, with the first one airing on the 4th June. They ended up doing fifty-three shows in total, recording eighty-eight different songs (some as many as twelve times), leaving a stack of 280 recordings. Most of these have since been released on ‘Live At The BBC’.

Saturday, 25th May

Performance at the City Hall in Sheffield, as part of their Roy Orbison Tour. They played Some Other Guy, Do You Want To Know A Secret, Love Me Do, From Me To You, Please Please Me, I Saw Her Standing There and Twist And Shout.

Sunday, 26th May

Performance at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool, as part of their Roy Orbison Tour. They played Some Other Guy, Do You Want To Know A Secret, Love Me Do, From Me To You, Please Please Me, I Saw Her Standing There and Twist And Shout.

Monday, 27th May

Performance at the Capitol Cinema in Cardiff, Wales, as part of their Roy Orbison Tour. They played Some Other Guy, Do You Want To Know A Secret, Love Me Do, From Me To You, Please Please Me, I Saw Her Standing There and Twist And Shout.

Tuesday, 28th May

Performance at the Gaumont Cinema in Worcester, as part of their Roy Orbison Tour. They played Some Other Guy, Do You Want To Know A Secret, Love Me Do, From Me To You, Please Please Me, I Saw Her Standing There and Twist And Shout.

Wednesday, 29th May

Performance at the Rialto Theatre in York, as part of their Roy Orbison Tour. They played Some Other Guy, Do You Want To Know A Secret, Love Me Do, From Me To You, Please Please Me, I Saw Her Standing There and Twist And Shout.

Thursday, 30th May

Performance at the Odeon Cinema in Manchester, as part of their Roy Orbison Tour. They played Some Other Guy, Do You Want To Know A Secret, Love Me Do, From Me To You, Please Please Me, I Saw Her Standing There and Twist And Shout.

The Beatles performed at the Oxford Street Odeon, Manchester. This gig became famous because it was the first one attended by Derek Taylor – Apple’s future press man. He had a column in the Northern edition of the ‘Daily Express’ and wrote, “[the concert] was as beneficial and invigorating as a week on a beach at the pier head overlooking the Mersey. Their stage manner has little polish but limitless energy, and they have in abundance and fundamental rough good humour of their native city. It was marvellous, meaningless, impertinent, exhilarating stuff.”

Friday, 31st May

Performance at the Odeon Cinema in Southend-on-Sea, as part of their Roy Orbison Tour. They played Some Other Guy, Do You Want To Know A Secret, Love Me Do, From Me To You, Please Please Me, I Saw Her Standing There and Twist And Shout.


 
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