Television: Drop In, Stockholm, Sweden

7.00pm, Wednesday 30 October 1963 (50 years ago)

Despite having completed their concert tour of Sweden the night before, The Beatles returned to Stockholm to record an appearance on the Sveriges Television music show Drop In.

The recording took place in front of a studio audience at the Narren-teatern (arena theatre), a small theatre in Stockholm’s Gröna Lund amusement park. Also on the bill were Gals & Pals and the singer Lill-Babs

The Beatles arrived for camera rehearsals in the afternoon, before taking lunch at a restaurant in nearby Solliden. They were joined by Mal Evans, Neil Aspinall, producer Klas Burling, presenter Kersti Adams-Ray and a some photographers. John Lennon and Paul McCartney are said to have played a piano in the restaurant.

One of the photographers, Bo Trenter, took a number of widely-used shots of The Beatles, one of which was used on the Swedish version of the All My Loving EP in January 1964.

Back at the Narren-teatern, The Beatles performed an acoustic version of I Want To Hold Your Hand for Klas Burling, who later said he immediately knew it would be a hit.

Before filming began at 7pm, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr went shopping in Burling’s Fiat car. They went to Stockholm’s largest department store, NK, where McCartney bought perfume for Jane Asher.

The Beatles had intended to perform She Loves You and Twist And Shout on Drop In, but Klas Burling persuaded them to keep the audience happy and play one more song. They launched into I Saw Her Standing There, after which Kersti Adams-Ray attempted to start up the show’s theme tune.

The Beatles weren’t finished, however. Burling managed to talk them into playing one more song to round off the show. They played Long Tall Sally, after which they joined in with handclaps for the Drop In closing theme. Afterwards The Beatles were driven in a green police car to Stockholm’s Continental Hotel.

The edition of Drop In was first shown on 3 November 1963. Apple Corps later bought the rights to the footage, and included I Saw Her Standing There and Long Tall Sally in the Anthology series.

2 Responses to “Television: Drop In, Stockholm, Sweden”

  1. Joseph Brush

    Joe, if you want to view more pictures of the Beatles, visit “Bilder i Syd”, a Swedish website, and search for Beatles. At the bottom of the first page click on –sista– to get to the second page. These photos include ones of Paul and George visiting Malmo in October 1967.
    Enjoy.

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