The Beatles’ diary -- September 1963

September 1963

Sunday, 1st September

Recording session for the TV show ‘Big Night Out’ at the Didsbury Studio Centre. This show was broadcast on 7th September (ABC). They played From Me To You, She Loves You and Twist And Shout.

Tuesday, 3rd September

Recording session for the radio show ‘Pop Go The Beatles’ at the Aeolian Hall Studios This show was transmitted on 10th September (BBC Light Programme). They played Too Much Monkey Business, Till There Was You, Love Me Do, She Loves You, I’ll Get You and Hippy Hippy Shake.

A further session for ‘Pop Go The Beatles’ took place later in the day at the Aeolian Hall Studios This show was transmitted on 17th September (BBC Light Programme). They played Chains, You Really Got A Hold On Me, Misery, A Taste Of Honey, Lucille, From Me To You and Boys.

A further session for ‘Pop Go The Beatles’ took place later in the day at the Aeolian Hall Studios This show was transmitted on 24th September (BBC Light Programme). They played She Loves You, Ask Me Why, Devil In Her Heart, I Saw Her Standing There, Sure To Fall (In Love With You) and Twist And Shout.

Wednesday, 4th September

Performance at the Gaumont Cinema in Worcester.

Thursday, 5th September

Performance at the Gaumont Cinema in Taunton.

Friday, 6th September

‘The Beatles’ Hits’ EP – front cover ReleasedUK EP. The Beatles’ Hits Peak position: Record Retailer – #1

Performance at the Odeon Cinema in Luton.

Saturday, 7th September

Performance at the Fairfield Hall in Croydon.

There was also a recording session for the radio show ‘A World Of Sound’ at the Playhouse Theatre This show was transmitted on 21st November (BBC Home Service) and featured an interview with Paul McCartney.

A further session for ‘Saturday Club’ took place later in the day at the Playhouse Theatre This show was transmitted on 5th October (BBC Light Programme). They played I Saw Her Standing There, Memphis, Tennessee, I’ll Get You, She Loves You and Lucille.

Sunday, 8th September

Performance at the ABC Theatre in Blackpool.

Tuesday, 10th September

In reference to a big gig at the Odeon, the ‘Daily Mirror’ ran a story saying “the whistling banshee of the 2,000-strong audience was like a screaming power-dive from twelve o’clock high.” (The fist time that the Beatles had ever been compared to Kamikaze pilots!) The headline read: “Four Frenzied Little Lord Fauntleroys Who Are Making £5,000 Every Week.” Other stories running this week included Donald Zec’s at the same paper: “They are four cheeky-looking lads with stone-age hairstyles, Chelsea boots, three electric guitars, and one set of drums, who know their amps and ohms if not their Beethoven.” He went on to call Paul “a young David Tomlinson in search of a barber.”

Wednesday, 11th September

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (14:30–18:00) during which they recorded I Wanna Be Your Man, Little Child and All I’ve Got To Do.

A further session took place between 19:00–22:15 in Studio 2 at which they recorded Not A Second Time and Don’t Bother Me.

Thursday, 12th September

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (14:30–18:30) during which they recorded Hold Me Tight.

A further session took place between 19:00–23:30 in Studio 2 at which they recorded Don’t Bother Me, Little Child and I Wanna Be Your Man.

Friday, 13th September

Performance at the Public Hall in Preston.

Saturday, 14th September

Performance at the Victory Memorial Hall in Northwich.

George recalled a particularly hairy flight to London: “We were taking off from Liverpool for one of our frequent flights across the country, when the plane suddenly came to a halt just as it was about to leave the ground. That gave me the jitters, but what was to follow will make me sympathise with Elvis Presley’s fear of flying for the rest of my days. As we made the proper take-off, the emergency exit, by which I was sitting, suddenly flew open! And I’ve heard stories about people being sucked out of aircraft and I don’t mind admitting that I was pretty terrified too! Our manager, Brian Epstein, who was sitting next to me, grabbed my arm and I yelled out for the air hostess, but she thought that I was fooling around!”

Sunday, 15th September

Performance at the Royal Albert Hall in South Kensington, London.

Monday, 16th September

‘She Loves You’ single – front cover ReleasedUSA single. She Loves You Peak position: Billboard – Didn’t enter; Cashbox – Didn’t enter; Record World – Didn’t enter

This was the day that John and Cynthia flew to Paris for a little holiday with Brian, and George visited his sister in America.

Monday, 30th September

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (10:00–13:15) during which they recorded Money (That’s What I Want) and I Wanna Be Your Man.


 
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