Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Goodbye for Now, Sweden

October 30, 1963

The Beatles record an appearance on the Swedish teenager's show "Drop In". Tomorrow they head back to Blighty and another UK tour.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Finishing "With" and Hello Sweden

October 23, 1963

The Beatles and George Martin put some finishing touches on their second album, "Meet the Beatles" and then they head for the airport and their first tour of Sweden.  Skål!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

See You at the Palladium, Son

October 13, 1963

The Beatles make it to the London Palladium today (coincidentally, right next to where Apple Corps headquarters would be in a few years and where a famous roof top concert would occur in the future.)

Audio of the entire concert

And this is the last time the Beatles wore their famous collarless jacket suits.  If you were there (in the US, at least), you no doubt remember the cover photo of the "I Want to Hold Your Hand" 45. Those jackets were a huge part of their early image.  By the time we saw them, the band had already discarded them.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Haworth Goes Out Over BBC

October 9, 1963

Today is the first broadcast of the Don Haworth piece wherein he seems to take the whole Mersey Beat phenomenon as worthy of serious consideration.  Groundbreaking!

Friday, October 4, 2013

She's Not Leaving Home...Yet

October 4, 1963

Melanie Coe (who's picture as a 17 year old runaway in a newspaper in 1967 inspired "She's Leaving Home") meets Paul McCartney as a contestant (she wins!) on the BBC's "Ready Steady Go" today.  I just absolutely love these strange coincidences!

It is the very first appearance of the Beatles on this iconic TV show, which premiered in August.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Public Ear

Lots of insights here.  Looking back from a distance of a few years, a radio show called The Public Ear, records for a show to be broadcast later. Topic: the Mersey Beat.  (Especially love the clip of Millie Sutcliffe!)

The Public Ear 10/3/1963

Near as I can tell this show was recorded today and broadcast on November 11.