1963

Julian Lennon is born

John Charles Julian Lennon, son to John and Cynthia Lennon, was born early on this day at Liverpool’s Sefton General Hospital.

Live: Savoy Ballroom, Southsea, Portsmouth

The Beatles had performed at the Guildhall in Portsmouth, England on Saturday 30 March 1963 during the Tommy Roe/Chris Montez tour, but returned to the city on this day for a show at the Savoy Ballroom in the seaside resort of Southsea.

Radio: Side By Side

The Beatles had recorded two sessions for the BBC radio show Side By Side just three days earlier, but such was the demand for more music from them that they recorded a third on this day.

Radio: Easy Beat

The Beatles recorded three songs for the BBC radio show Easy Beat at the Playhouse Theatre, London on this day. It was their first appearance on the programme.

Radio: Side By Side

The Beatles recorded two shows for the radio series Side By Side, to be broadcast on the BBC Light Programme service.

Live: De Montfort Hall, Leicester

The Beatles’ second theatre tour of the UK, for which they shared a bill with singers Tommy Roe and Chris Montez, ended on this day with performances at Leicester’s De Montfort Hall.

Live: Guildhall, Portsmouth

This was the 20th and penultimate date of The Beatles’ 1963 tour of England with Tommy Roe and Chris Montez. They played at the venue on one other subsequent occasion, on 3 December 1963.

Live: Odeon Cinema, Lewisham

The Beatles’ first concert at the Odeon Cinema in Lewisham, London, was part of their tour with Chris Montez and Tommy Roe.

Live: ABC Cinema, Exeter

The Beatles’ first trip to Exeter in Devon, England, was the 18th concert on their 1963 tour with Tommy Roe and Chris Montez. The group’s setlist on this tour contained six songs: Love Me Do, Misery, A Taste Of Honey, Do You Want To Know A Secret, Please Please Me and I Saw Her Standing… Read more »

Live: ABC Cinema, Northampton

The 17th date of The Beatles’ tour of England with Tommy Roe and Chris Montez took them to Northampton, for a performance at the ABC Cinema.

Live: Granada Cinema, Mansfield

Just over a month after they performed at Mansfield’s Granada Cinema on the Helen Shapiro tour, The Beatles returned for the final time, as part of the Tommy Roe and Chris Montez tour. Whereas in February the group were hoping the Please Please Me single would be a success, this time around they’d just released… Read more »

Live: Empire Theatre, Liverpool

A triumphant homecoming show for The Beatles, who gave a performance at the Empire Theatre. It was their first performance in the city in over a month, and came in the same week their debut album Please Please Me was released.

Live: City Hall, Newcastle

As part of the Tommy Roe/Chris Montez tour of the UK, The Beatles made their first live appearance at the City Hall in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. They performed at the venue on three subsequent occasions.

Live: Gaumont Cinema, Doncaster

A return to the Gaumont in Doncaster, Yorkshire, a venue The Beatles had previously visited on 5 February 1963. This occasion was part of their UK tour with Tommy Roe and Chris Montez.

UK album release: Please Please Me

The Beatles’ debut album was rush-released on this day to capitalise on the success of their singles Love Me Do and Please Please Me.

Live: ABC Cinema, Croydon

Shortly after recording their radio session for the BBC’s On The Scene, The Beatles drove to West Croydon for a concert at the ABC Cinema. It was part of their tour with Chris Montez and Tommy Roe.