Paul McCartney meets Jane Asher

8.00pm, Thursday 18 April 1963 (51 years ago)

On this day The Beatles topped the bill at the Royal Albert Hall, London, for a concert broadcast live by the BBC.

The event, titled Swinging Sound 63, also featured Del Shannon, the Springfields, Rolf Harris, Kenny Lynch and George Melly, among others. It took place in two parts separated by an interval, with The Beatles taking the stage twice – at 8.40pm and again at 10pm, introduced both times by George Melly.

The Beatles performed just two songs in their first set: Please Please Me and Misery. Neither were taped or broadcast by the BBC. For the second set, which was transmitted live, they played Twist And Shout and From Me To You.

The show’s finale featured The Beatles, along with all the other acts, in an instrumental version of Mack The Knife.

Following the event, Paul McCartney for the first time met Jane Asher, who would become his girlfriend and later his fiancée. The actress had earlier that day posed for a Radio Times photoshoot, in which she was snapped screaming for the group.

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