September 1963

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr holiday in Greece

The Beatles had a rare two-week break in September 1963. John and Cynthia Lennon took a belated honeymoon in Paris, George Harrison flew to America, and Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr went on holiday to Greece.

John and Cynthia Lennon holiday in Paris

The Beatles began two-week holidays on this day, flying to a variety of destinations. John and Cynthia Lennon flew to Paris for a belated honeymoon, while their son Julian was looked after by John’s aunt Harrie in Liverpool.

Live: Public Hall, Preston

This was The Beatles’ second and final concert in Preston, Lancashire. They had performed in the town’s Public Hall on one prior occasion, 26 October 1962.

Lennon and McCartney given Variety Club award

The Beatles had rare days off on 9 and 10 September 1963, although John Lennon and Paul McCartney did have one engagement: they attended a luncheon of the Variety Club of Great Britain.

Live: ABC Theatre, Blackpool

The Beatles’ Sunday nights from July to September 1963 were commonly spent performing in Blackpool, Lancashire. On 1 September they had a rare break, but returned on this day with a show at the ABC Theatre.

Live: Fairfield Hall, Croydon

This was the last of four consecutive dates of a mini tour of England, each promoted by John Smith. They were granted by Brian Epstein following the cancellation of several Mersey Beat Showcase nights earlier in 1963.

Radio: Saturday Club

En route to Fairfield Hall in Croydon, where they performed later that evening, The Beatles recorded an appearance on the BBC radio show Saturday Club at London’s Playhouse Theatre.

Live: Odeon Cinema, Luton

This was The Beatles’ only concert at Luton’s Odeon Cinema, although they did perform in the town on two other occasions.

Live: Gaumont Cinema, Taunton

This was The Beatles’ second and final appearance in Taunton, Somerset. The first had also been at the Gaumont Cinema, on 26 February 1963, as part of the Helen Shapiro tour.

Live: Gaumont Cinema, Worcester

This was The Beatles’ second and final live appearance in Worcester. They had previously played in the city on 28 May 1963, also at the Gaumont Cinema.

Radio: three episodes of Pop Go The Beatles

The Beatles had undertaken mammoth radio sessions before, notably the 18 songs recorded on Tuesday 16 July. However, they went one better on this day, taping 19 songs for three episodes of Pop Go The Beatles.

Television: Big Night Out

The Beatles visited Didsbury Studio Centre in Manchester on this day to record an appearance on ABC Television’s Big Night Out.