The Beatles’ diary -- November 1963

November 1963

Sometime in late October/early November (date unknown) EMI sent a copy of ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ to Capitol. Dave Dextor had a little listen… and surprise, surprise… he turned it down again! (The Beatles were not the only band to fall foul of Dextor’s tastes – he also turned down Gerry and the Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer, The Hollies, The Dave Clark Five, The Animals, Herman’s Hermits and The Yardbirds. The only act that he whole-heartedly recommended to his American bosses was Freddie and the Dreamers!) By now, Brian and George Martin were getting seriously pissed off with deaf-man Dextor, and got straight on the phone to Alan Livingston: “I was sitting in my office one day and I got a call from London,” said the head of Capitol Records, “from a man called Brian Epstein, whom …

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Friday, 1st November

‘The Beatles (No. 1)’ EP – front cover ReleasedUK EP. The Beatles (No. 1) Peak position: Record Retailer – #2

Performance at the Odeon Cinema in Cheltenham, as part of their British Tour. They played I Saw Her Standing There, From Me To You, All My Loving, You Really Got A Hold On Me, Roll Over Beethoven, Boys, Till There Was You, She Loves You, Money (That’s What I Want) and Twist And Shout.

Saturday, 2nd November

The ‘Daily Telegraph’ ran a piece on ‘Beatlemania’, comparing the Beatles’ concerts to Hitler’s Nuremberg rallies.

Sunday, 3rd November

Monday, 4th November

Royal Variety PerformanceRoyal Variety Performance – 4 Nov ’63

Performance at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London. They played From Me To You, She Loves You, Till There Was You and Twist And Shout.

There was also a recording session for the radio show ‘The Royal Variety Performance’ This show was transmitted on 10th November (BBC Light Programme).

A further session for ‘The Royal Variety Performance’ took place later in the day at the Prince of Wales Theatre. This show was broadcast on 10th November (ATV). They played From Me To You, She Loves You, Till There Was You and Twist And Shout.

The Royal Variety Performance in the presence of the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret (the Queen couldn’t make it because she was pregnant with Prince Andrew).

Tuesday, 5th November

Performance at the Adelphi Cinema in Slough, as part of their British Tour. They played I Saw Her Standing There, From Me To You, All My Loving, You Really Got A Hold On Me, Roll Over Beethoven, Boys, Till There Was You, She Loves You, Money (That’s What I Want) and Twist And Shout.

There was also a recording session for the TV show ‘This Week’ at the Adelphi Cinema. This show was broadcast on 7th November (Assoc-Rediff) and featured interviews with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

Brian flew to New York to prepare for the imminent release of ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ in the States. He took a little light reading on the way – newspaper reports of the Beatles triumphal appearance the night before.

Wednesday, 6th November

Thursday, 7th November

Performance at the Adelphi Cinema in Dublin, Ireland, as part of their British Tour. They played I Saw Her Standing There, From Me To You, All My Loving, You Really Got A Hold On Me, Roll Over Beethoven, Boys, Till There Was You, She Loves You, Money (That’s What I Want) and Twist And Shout.

Their first (and last) show in Ireland. They were accompanied around town by Alun Owen, who was writing the script for ‘A Hard Day’s Night’.

Friday, 8th November

Performance at the Ritz Cinema in Belfast, Northern Ireland, as part of their British Tour. They played I Saw Her Standing There, From Me To You, All My Loving, You Really Got A Hold On Me, Roll Over Beethoven, Boys, Till There Was You, She Loves You, Money (That’s What I Want) and Twist And Shout.

There was also a recording session for the TV show ‘Six Ten’. The programme was broadcast live (BBC) and featured interviews with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

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

Saturday, 9th November

Performance at the Granada Cinema in East Ham, London, as part of their British Tour. They played I Saw Her Standing There, From Me To You, All My Loving, You Really Got A Hold On Me, Roll Over Beethoven, Boys, Till There Was You, She Loves You, Money (That’s What I Want) and Twist And Shout.

Whilst Brian was busy conducting business on behalf of the Beatles in New York, their life carried on much the same as normal – gigs, crazy women screaming, more gigs, more crazy women screaming, more gigs, and some more crazy ladies screaming.

Sunday, 10th November

Performance at the Hippodrome Theatre in Birmingham, as part of their British Tour. They played I Saw Her Standing There, From Me To You, All My Loving, You Really Got A Hold On Me, Roll Over Beethoven, Boys, Till There Was You, She Loves You, Money (That’s What I Want) and Twist And Shout.

Monday, 11th November

Brian met the American TV-host Ed Sullivan at his suite at the Delmonico Hotel. At this initial meeting, Sullivan agreed to have the Beatles on his Sunday night show on 9th February ’64, and again one week later in Miami.

Tuesday, 12th November

Recording session for the TV show ‘Day By Day’ at the Guildhall. The programme was broadcast live (Southern) and featured interviews with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

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

Wednesday, 13th November

Performance at the ABC Cinema in Plymouth, as part of their British Tour. They played I Saw Her Standing There, From Me To You, All My Loving, You Really Got A Hold On Me, Roll Over Beethoven, Boys, Till There Was You, She Loves You, Money (That’s What I Want) and Twist And Shout.

There was also a recording session for the TV show ‘Move Over, Dad’ at the Westwood Television Studios. This show was broadcast on 16th November (Westward) and featured interviews with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

Thursday, 14th November

Brian returned to London – justifiably satisfied with his business dealings on behalf of the Beatles.

Friday, 15th November

‘Time’ magazine ran a story called: ‘The New Madness’. Bruce Spizer, in his excellent book ‘The Beatles Are Coming!’, reckons that this story represents the first significant piece of mainstream journalism on the Beatles in the States.

Saturday, 16th November

Performance at the Winter Gardens Theatre in Bournemouth, as part of their British Tour. They played I Saw Her Standing There, From Me To You, All My Loving, You Really Got A Hold On Me, Roll Over Beethoven, Boys, Till There Was You, She Loves You, Money (That’s What I Want) and Twist And Shout.

All three leading American broadcasters – CBS, NBC and ABC – attended a Beatles’ gig in Bournemouth with a view to showing some footage on American telly.

Sunday, 17th November

Monday, 18th November

Another leading US magazine – ‘Newsweek’ – ran a story called ‘Beatlemania’. “The sound of their music,” they said, “is one of the most persistent noises heard over England since the air-raid sirens were dismantled.”

Tuesday, 19th November

Performance at the Gaumont Cinema in Wolverhampton, as part of their British Tour. They played I Saw Her Standing There, From Me To You, All My Loving, You Really Got A Hold On Me, Roll Over Beethoven, Boys, Till There Was You, She Loves You, Money (That’s What I Want) and Twist And Shout.

Wednesday, 20th November

Performance at the ABC Cinema in Ardwick, Manchester, as part of their British Tour. They played I Saw Her Standing There, From Me To You, All My Loving, You Really Got A Hold On Me, Roll Over Beethoven, Boys, Till There Was You, She Loves You, Money (That’s What I Want) and Twist And Shout.

There was also a recording session for the radio show ‘Voice Of The North’ at the ABC Cinema This show was transmitted live (BBC Home Service) and featured interviews with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

A further session for ‘Wacker, Mach Schau’ took place later in the day at the ABC Cinema This show was transmitted on 27th November (BBC Home Service) and featured an interview with George Harrison.

A further session for ‘Scene At 6.30’ took place later in the day at the ABC Cinema. This show was broadcast on 6th January 1964 (Granada) and featured interviews with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

Thursday, 21st November

Friday, 22nd November

‘With The Beatles’ album – front cover ReleasedUK album. With The Beatles Peak position: Disc Weekly – #1; Melody Maker – #1; NME – #1; Record Retailer – #1

Performance at the Globe Cinema in Stockton-on-Tees, as part of their British Tour. They played I Saw Her Standing There, From Me To You, All My Loving, You Really Got A Hold On Me, Roll Over Beethoven, Boys, Till There Was You, She Loves You, Money (That’s What I Want) and Twist And Shout.

Saturday, 23rd November

Performance at the City Hall in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, as part of their British Tour. They played I Saw Her Standing There, From Me To You, All My Loving, You Really Got A Hold On Me, Roll Over Beethoven, Boys, Till There Was You, She Loves You, Money (That’s What I Want) and Twist And Shout.

Sunday, 24th November

Monday, 25th November

The Beatles recording ‘Late Scene’Recording ‘Late Scene Extra’ – 25 Nov ’63Photo: Apple Corps Ltd.

Recording session for the TV show ‘Late Scene Extra’ at the Granada TV Centre. This show was broadcast on 27th November (Granada) and featured music and interviews with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They played I Want To Hold Your Hand and This Boy.

Tuesday, 26th November

Performance at the Regal Cinema in Cambridge, as part of their British Tour. They played I Saw Her Standing There, From Me To You, All My Loving, You Really Got A Hold On Me, Roll Over Beethoven, Boys, Till There Was You, She Loves You, Money (That’s What I Want) and Twist And Shout.

There was also a recording session for the TV show ‘East At Six Ten’ at the Regal Cinema. The programme was broadcast live (BBC) and featured interviews with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

Wednesday, 27th November

Thursday, 28th November

Friday, 29th November

‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ single – front cover ReleasedUK single. I Want To Hold Your Hand Peak position: BBC – #1; Disc Weekly – #1; Melody Maker – #1; NME – #1; Record Retailer – #1

Performance at the ABC Cinema in Huddersfield, as part of their British Tour. They played I Saw Her Standing There, From Me To You, All My Loving, You Really Got A Hold On Me, Roll Over Beethoven, Boys, Till There Was You, She Loves You, Money (That’s What I Want) and Twist And Shout.

There was also a recording session for the radio show ‘Music Box’ at the ABC Cinema and featured interviews with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

Saturday, 30th November

The Beatles met super-smug Jeffery Archer at a fund-raising dinner. (At the time they met him he was just an undergraduate in charge of the Oxford University Oxfam appeal, but he was struggling to find ways of making it a success.


 
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