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Beatles stages 1963 PDF Print E-mail

Mini-tour of Scotland

2-6 January 1963 (4 concerts):
3 January: Two Red Shoes Ballroom, ??? [sic]
4 January: Town Hall, Dingwall
5 January: Museum Hall, Bridge of Allan
6 January: Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen
And then, having returned to Liverpool, gigs, appearances, interviews, gigs ...

Helen Shapiro Tour

2 February-3 March 1963. Fourteen concerts. On this tour, which was to became their first national tour and during which they were paid £80 per week, the Beatles performed alongside the 16-year old Helen Shapiro, who was extremely popular at that time. Danny Williams, Kenny Lynch, The Kestrels, The Red Price Orchestra, The Honeys, with Dave Allen as the compere, also took part in the tour. The Beatles would later speak very warmly about this tour and Helen Shapiro herself, saying that they remembered her as a very good, cheerful and approachable girl.

It's just a pity that the star of the recently famous British schoolgirl would soon quickly wane. Paul, recalling her, even lamented the fact that back then, as a friendly gesture, he and John had offered their song Misery to Helen, since they could see that this song would really suit the young singer. However, for one reason or another, she turned it down. And that's a pity, said McCartney with a small, sad smile. And as we see, he turned out to be right.

7 March 1963. Elizabeth Ballroom, Nottingham. The Beatles perform a show in a series known as the Mersey Beat Showcase, organised by Epstein. This is again a good example of those days when countless gigs were taking place daily. These included gigs by singers and rock groups under the guardianship of Brian Epstein's company - NEMS Enterprises, in which the Beatles also played. Even then their popularity can be measured simply by the bills: The Beatles topped all the bills advertising these gigs.

Joint Tour with Tommy Roe and Chris Montez

9 March - 31 March 1963 (21 concerts).

During this tour the Beatles performed alongside Tommy Roe and Chris Montez, an American singer (who reached the American charts with only one song - Let's Dance), and with The Viscounts, Debbie Lee, Tony Marsh and The Terry Young Six. It's interesting that even after the first concert fans everywhere started demanding only the Beatles on stage.

Some April performances

5 April 1963. This is a private Beatles concert, organised solely for the EMI administration at the company's building, EMI House, in London.

19 April 1963. King's Hall, Stoke-on-Trent Brian Epstein's show - Mersey Beat Showcase.

21 April 1963. Empire Pool, Wembley. The Beatles play at the Poll Winner's Concert event, organised by the popular music magazine for young people, New Musical Express.

24 April 1963. Majestic Ballroom, Finsbury Park, London - Mersey Beat Showcase.

26 April 1963. Shrewsbury Music Hall

27 April 1963. (Victory) Memorial Hall, Northwich.

28 April 1963. John and Brian go on holiday to Spain, but Paul, George and Ringo fly to Santa Cruz, Tenerife, in the Canary Islands. All the Beatles return home on 9 May 1963.

The Beatles' Second British Tour

18 May - 9 June 1963 (21 concerts). On this tour the Beatles shared the billing with Roy Orbison, Gerry And The Pacemakers, David Macbeth, Louise Cordet, Erkey Grant, Ian Crawford, The Terry Young Six and Tony Marsh.

After that, right up to the tour in Sweden, there are continuous performances, tours, appearances, recordings for TV and radio, and so on, and so on. And among them there are also some significant events, such as a performance by the quartet on 3 August 1963 at the Cavern Club, Liverpool. This is the last of the two hundred and ninety-two (292) performances by the Beatles on the stage of the extremely popular music club. Appearing with them that day were The Escorts, The Merseybeats, The Roadrunners, The Sapphires and Johnny Ringo And The Colts.

19 - 24 August 1963. Gaumont Cinema, Bournemouth. One of the most senior anchors of the CBS evening news show, Walter Cronkite, appearing on 21 November 1963 before American television viewers, used video clips from this performance showing the Beatles in action when announcing the onset of Beatlemania in Great Britain. Another well-known anchor, presenting a television show on 3 January 1964, also used these clips.

26 August - 31 August 1963. Odeon Cinema, Southport, Lancashire. The BBC used a video recording of a Beatles concert made on 27 August 1963 for a documentary devoted to the Liverpool quartet called The Mersey Sound, which was first broadcast on 9 October 1963.

The Beatles Mini-Tour of Britain

8 September 1963 (five concerts). Mike Berry, Freddy Starr and The Midnighters took part in the tour with the Beatles.

15 September 1963. Royal Albert Hall, London. The Beatles take part in the Great Pop Prom show.

Mini-Tour of Scotland

5 - 7 October 1963 (three concerts). The Beatles played at:
5 October: Glasgow's Concert Hall, Glasgow
6 October: Carlton Theatre, Kirkcaldy
7 October: Dundee's Caird Hall, Dundee

13 October 1963. The Palladium, London. This day, when the Beatles took part in the ATV programme Val Parnell's Sunday Night At The London Palladium, (by the way, this is the British equivalent of the American The Ed Sullivan Show), which at the time was watched in fifteen (15) million (!) British homes, is considered to be the official day on which Beatlemania began. By the next day every single British daily newspaper covered the previous day's events surrounding the Beatles performance at the Palladium.

For example, The Daily Mirror reported the difficulties experienced by the police in trying to restrain thousands of teenagers, stating that sixty (!) police officers had been needed to escort the Beatles to their Austin Princess limousine, which had been parked at the entrance doors of the Palladium since the organisers of the massive event and representatives of the Beatles had reasoned that these crowds of supporters of the Liverpool quartet would be waiting for the Beatles at the rear service exit. Incidentally, they were right.

Mini-Tour of Sweden

24 - 29 October 1963 (five concerts). To avoid the discomforts caused by the onset of Beatlemania, Brian Epstein decided to send the Beatles abroad for a time. Chilly Sweden was his choice. However, there too the very same Beatlemania was awaiting the Beatles. At one of the local concerts, exultant Swedish teenagers managed to breach the police cordon and get so close to the Beatles that George Harrison was even kicked during attempts to hug and kiss him and tear off part of him and his clothes as a memento. However, everything turned out all right. The police almost immediately managed to push the crowd back away from the musicians ... The Beatles gave concerts at the following Swedish cities and did in fact give one performance on radio.

24 October: Karlaplansstadion, Karlaplan, Stockholm (recording on Swedish radio).


25 October: Sundsta Läroverk, Karlstad

26 October: Kungliga Tennishallen, Stockholm (2 concerts)

27 October: Cirkus, Göteborg (3 concerts)

28 October: Borashllen [sic], Boras

29 October: Sporthallen, Eskilstuna

30 October - The Beatles performed on Swedish television - on the "Drop In" show. (It was shown on 3 November 1963.)

31 October - the four returned from Sweden to London's Heathrow Airport.

The Beatles Autumn Tour of Britain

1 November - 14 December 1963. (Thirty-three concerts). Jointly with Peter Jay And The Jaywalkers, The Brook Brothers, The Vernon's Girl, The Rhythm And Blues Quartet, The Kestrels and Frank Berry.

The youngsters played concerts in a host of British cities and towns, including on the mainland and in neighbouring Northern Ireland.

4 November 1963 - the tour was temporarily interrupted because the Beatles were involved in the highly prestigious show The Royal Command Variety Performance, held at the Prince Of Wales Theatre, London. As well as the Beatles themselves, the renowned Marlene Dietrich, Buddy Green, Flanders and Swann and other lesser known performers took part in this production. The concert was held in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Queen's sister, Princess Margaret, and her husband, Lord Snowdon, the Prime Minister and many prominent members of the aristocracy. The Beatles sang From Me To You, She Loves You, Till There Was You and Twist And Shout. Before singing the last number, John decided to have a joke Liverpool-style and unexpectedly declared the following into the microphone:

"Will those in the cheap seats clap your hands? And all the rest - he looked at the Queen and Prime Minister and those sitting around them - just rattle your jewellery".

Everyone was very interested to see how the Queen would react to this piece of cheek from Lennon, but she treated John's words with due understanding. Moreover, after the concert Elizabeth II expressed the wish to meet the four and said that she liked the Beatles and that she particularly liked McCartney's number "Till There Was You"! She wished to meet and be photographed with the Beatles and the legendary Marlene Dietrich.

On 10 November 1963 over 26 million British viewers watched and listened to the TV programme made of this show at the Prince Of Wales Theatre.

After this show the Beatles continued to participate in the British Autumn Tour in the course of which, as we have already said, in addition to British towns, they also went to the capital of Ireland, Dublin, where, on 7 November, at the Ritz Cinema they gave a concert, and on 8 November, having already played in the capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast, the Beatles also gave a concert, at the Adelphi.

20 November 1963. ABC Cinema. Ardwick, Manchester, Lancashire. Part of this concert was filmed, leading to a film called The Beatles Come To Town, playing time eight and a half minutes, being made. British viewers watched it on ABC's Pathe News.

The Beatles interrupted the British Autumn Tour for a second time on 7 December 1963. This was the day, and it was hard for the Beatles because they had then given two concerts - one at Liverpool's Empire Theatre (during the day) and at the Odeon (in the evening) for the TV programme, the BBC's Juke Box Jury - that a recording was made of a special concert involving a meeting with 2,500 members of the official The Beatles fan club, The Beatles Northern Area Fan Club, at the Empire Theatre. It was shown to television viewers that very evening as a 30-film called It's The Beatles!

21 December 1963. The Beatles Christmas Show, Gaumont Cinema, Bradford, Yorkshire.

22 December 1963. The Beatles Christmas Show, Empire Theatre, Liverpool. This was a private Beatles concert, organized by NEMS Enterprises.

24, 26 - 31 December 1963 and 1 - 11 January 1963. Finsbury Park Astoria Theatre, London. This was a concert programme called The Beatles Christmas Show, a continuation of the Beatles' Christmas events, organized by NEMS Enterprises. Liverpool's Fab Four were supported at this event by Tommy Quickly, Cilla Black, The Fourmost, Billy J. Kramer And The Dakotas, The Barron Knights, and an emerging Australian pop music star, Rolf ‘Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport' Harris. The Beatles prepared two shows, including nine numbers, for 16 nights.

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