The Beatles’ diary -- October 1964

October 1964

Sometime in October (date unknown), Brian struck a deal with Sid Bernstein to bring The Beatles to Shea Stadium in August ’65. But Brian insisted that he stump up a $50,000 deposit ‘before’ undertaking any advertising. This put Bernstein in a little bit of a bind – because he’d recently lost all of his money in a ‘Shindig’ stage-tour. And how could he possibly raise fifty grand for a concert that he couldn’t promote? A lesser man would have been stumped, but Sid simply started up the biggest game of chinese whispers in rock history, by travelling down to Washington and telling the kids that The Beatles were coming, and to send their ticket money to a P.O. Box. “For three weekends I did this,” he said. “And only The Beatles could do it. The word of mouth went around the world. I …

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Sunday, 4th October

Brian Epstein’s autobiography ‘A Cellarful Of Noise’ was published in the UK. Brian also asked George Martin to record him reading it for an audio book (on the 13th). Two brief snippets of this appear on ‘Anthology 1’.

Monday, 5th October

‘Ain’t She Sweet’ album – front cover ReleasedUSA album. Ain’t She Sweet Peak position: Billboard – Didn’t enter; Cashbox – Didn’t enter; Record World – Didn’t enter

Tuesday, 6th October

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 during which they recorded Eight Days A Week and I Feel Fine.

Thursday, 8th October

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 during which they recorded She’s A Woman.

Ringo passed his driving test third time, which was a bit lucky, because he’d been driving around without a licence for the last two years. Good man!

Friday, 9th October

The Beatles began a four-week tour of Britain.

Saturday, 10th October

Ringo went out and bought his first car, and tested it out by driving three thousand miles an hour down the M1. At one point it actually took off – that’s how fast he was going!

Sunday, 11th October

Tuesday, 13th October

Wednesday, 14th October

Performance at the ABC Cinema in Ardwick, Manchester, as part of their British Tour. They played Twist And Shout, Money (That’s What I Want), Can’t Buy Me Love, Things We Said Today, I’m Happy Just To Dance With You, I Should Have Known Better, If I Fell, I Wanna Be Your Man, A Hard Day’s Night and Long Tall Sally.

There was also a 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 at the Granada TV Centre. This show was broadcast on 16th October (Granada). They played I Should Have Known Better.

Thursday, 15th October

Performance at the Globe Cinema in Stockton-on-Tees, as part of their British Tour. They played Twist And Shout, Money (That’s What I Want), Can’t Buy Me Love, Things We Said Today, I’m Happy Just To Dance With You, I Should Have Known Better, If I Fell, I Wanna Be Your Man, A Hard Day’s Night and Long Tall Sally.

There was also a recording session for the TV show ‘North-East Newsview’. This show was broadcast on 16th October (Tyne Tees) and featured interviews with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

This was the day that Vee-Jay’s right to market Beatles’ songs finally expired.

Friday, 16th October

Sunday, 18th October

Monday, 19th October

Tuesday, 20th October

Performance at the Caird Hall in Dundee, Scotland, as part of their British Tour. They played Twist And Shout, Money (That’s What I Want), Can’t Buy Me Love, Things We Said Today, I’m Happy Just To Dance With You, I Should Have Known Better, If I Fell, I Wanna Be Your Man, A Hard Day’s Night and Long Tall Sally.

There was also a recording session for the TV show ‘Grampian Week’ at the Caird Hall. This show was broadcast on 23rd October (Grampian) and featured interviews with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

Wednesday, 21st October

Thursday, 22nd October

Friday, 23rd October

Saturday, 24th October

Sunday, 25th October

Monday, 26th October

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (14:30–18:30) during which they recorded Honey Don’t and What You’re Doing.

Wednesday, 28th October

Thursday, 29th October

Friday, 30th October

Saturday, 31st October


 
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