February 1963

Recording: Please Please Me album

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Norman Smith On this day The Beatles recorded 10 songs of their debut album Please Please Me, at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios in London.

Live: Empire Theatre, Sunderland

This was the last performance by The Beatles on this first part of their UK tour with Helen Shapiro. They were replaced on the 10 February show in Peterborough by Peter Jay and the Jaywalkers.

Live: ABC Cinema, Carlisle

The Beatles’ tour with Helen Shapiro received some newspaper publicity following an incident on this night in which the group, Kenny Lynch and Shapiro were barred from the Carlisle Golf Club dance at the Crown and Mitre hotel.

Live: ABC Cinema, Wakefield

The Beatles’ UK tour with Helen Shapiro continued into Wakefield, Yorkshire, with a performance at the city’s ABC Cinema.

Live: Gaumont Cinema, Doncaster

The Beatles’ tour with Helen Shapiro had begun on 2 February 1963, but the group gave two standalone performances at the Cavern Club between that date and 5 February, when the tour resumed at Doncaster’s Gaumont Cinema.

Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)

This was The Beatles’ final lunchtime show at Liverpool’s Cavern Club. Although they played subsequent shows at the venue, they were all evening performances.

Live: Gaumont Cinema, Bradford

On this day The Beatles embarked on the first date of their debut UK tour, at the Gaumont Cinema in Bradford, Yorkshire.

Live: Assembly Rooms, Tamworth

The Beatles performed two evening shows on this day. The first had been eight miles away, at Maney Hall in Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire.