Live: The Beatles’ Christmas Show

6.00pm, Saturday 4 January 1964 (50 years ago)

The Beatles’ Christmas Show, which had been taking place at the Astoria Cinema in London’s Finsbury Park since 24 December 1963, continued on this evening with a further two performances. It was day 10 of the show’s run.

Poster for The Beatles' Christmas Show, 1963-64The first act on stage was the Barron Knights and Duke D’Mond. Next came short sets from Tommy Quickly and The Fourmost, and Billy J Kramer and The Dakotas closed the first half. Following the interval there was a return from the Barron Knights and Duke D’Mond, then Cilla Black, and Rolf Harris. The Beatles were the final act of each show, with a performance lasting just 25 minutes.

The group performed nine songs: Roll Over Beethoven, All My Loving, This Boy, I Wanna Be Your Man, She Loves You, Till There Was You, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Money (That’s What I Want) and Twist And Shout.

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