February 1963

Live: Granada Cinema, Shrewsbury

While travelling with the rest of their tour companions from York to Shrewsbury on this day, John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote their third single From Me To You.

Live: Rialto Theatre, York

The headliner of The Beatles’ first UK tour, Helen Shapiro, was ill for a second consecutive day, and so didn’t perform on this day.

Live: Gaumont Cinema, Taunton

This was part of The Beatles’ tour of the United Kingdom with headliner Helen Shapiro. The group had temporarily dropped out after 9 February 1963, to record the Please Please Me LP and play a number of standalone shows.

Live: Casino Ballroom, Leigh

This booking was arranged by Brian Epstein‘s NEMS Enterprises. It was The Beatles’ only performance in the Lancashire town of Leigh. The Casino later became a nightclub, and was finally demolished in 2007.

Editing, mixing: Please Please Me album

Studio One control room, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Norman Smith While The Beatles have been justly celebrated for recording 10 songs for the Please Please Me album in one day, work on the release was far from over. On this day producer George Martin oversaw the editing and mixing of mono… Read more »

Live: Coventry Theatre, Coventry

This was The Beatles’ second live appearance in the city of Coventry in Warwickshire; their first had taken place at the Matrix Hall on 17 November 1962.

Live: Granada Cinema, Mansfield

The Beatles had toured with Helen Shapiro in the early part of February 1963, but had temporarily dropped out to record the Please Please Me LP and undertake a series of standalone concerts. On this date, however, they rejoined the tour.

Live: Majestic Ballroom, Birkenhead

This was the penultimate of The Beatles’ 17 appearances at the Majestic Ballroom, which stood on Conway Street in Birkenhead, Cheshire.

Live: St James Swimming Baths, Doncaster

The was The Beatles’ only live show at this Victorian era venue, normally used as a Turkish baths and swimming pool, although they performed in Doncaster, Yorkshire, on four other occasions.

Radio: Parade Of The Pops

Following the previous night’s concert at the Cavern Club, The Beatles drove down to London for a brief appearance on the BBC radio show Parade Of The Pops.

Recording: Misery, Baby It’s You

Studio One, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Stuart Eltham The Beatles did not attend this overdub session for the Please Please Me album, as they were in London for a live radio session before travelling to Doncaster, Yorkshire, for an evening concert.

Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)

By February 1963 appearances by The Beatles at Liverpool’s Cavern Club certainly weren’t unusual. However, by this time their fame had grown considerably, and demand to see them was high.

Live: Queen’s Hall, Widnes

The Beatles performed two shows on this day at the Queen’s Hall in Widnes – their fifth and final appearance at the venue.

Live: Carfax Assembly Rooms, Oxford

This was The Beatles’ only live appearance anywhere in the county of Oxfordshire. It was arranged by John Smith, a London-based promoter.

Live: Ritz Ballroom, Birmingham

The Beatles’ only appearance at Birmingham’s Ritz Ballroom should have taken place on 11 January 1963. However, it was postponed due to blizzards making the roads impassable.

Live: Majestic Ballroom, Hull

This was The Beatles’ second live show at Hull’s Majestic Ballroom. The first had taken place on 20 October 1962. They played in the city on two subsequent occasions, in November 1963 and October 1964.

Live: Astoria Ballroom, Oldham

The day after The Beatles recorded 10 of the songs that would appear on their debut album Please Please Me, they were back on the road with a performance in Oldham, Lancashire.