January 1964

The Beatles reach number one in America

Following their first night of performances at the Olympia Theatre, Paris, The Beatles arrived back at the Hotel George V where they were told that I Want To Hold Your Hand had reached number one in America.

Live: Olympia Theatre, Paris

From this day until Thursday 4 February 1964, The Beatles performed 18 days of concerts at Paris’ Olympia Theatre, on a nine-act bill, playing two and sometimes three sets each day.

Live: Cinéma Cyrano, Versailles

Ahead of their 18-day season at the Paris Olympia, The Beatles played a warm-up show at the Cinéma Cyrano, 7 Rue Rameau, in Versailles.

Sunday Night At The London Palladium

The Beatles made their debut on the television show Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium on 13 October 1963. Three months later they made their return.

Live: The Beatles’ Christmas Show

The Beatles’ Christmas Show, their variety show which began on 24 December 1963, ended on this night, with the group playing to two houses.

Live: The Beatles’ Christmas Show

The Beatles performed two shows at the Astoria Cinema, Finsbury Park, London, on the penultimate evening of the group’s 16-night Christmas show residency.

Live: The Beatles’ Christmas Show

The Beatles’ Christmas Show, which had been taking place at the Astoria Cinema in London’s Finsbury Park since December 1963, continued on this evening with a further two performances. It was day 14 of the show’s run.

Live: The Beatles’ Christmas Show

Two more performances in The Beatles’ series of Christmas shows at the Astoria Cinema in London’s Finsbury Park. This was day 13 of the show’s 16-day run.

Live: The Beatles’ Christmas Show

This was day 12 of The Beatles’ series of Christmas Shows, with performances to two houses at the Astoria Cinema in London’s Finsbury Park.

Radio: Saturday Club

Prior to their evening performances for The Beatles’ Christmas Show, The Beatles recorded a music session for the BBC radio show Saturday Club.

Live: The Beatles’ Christmas Show

Two more performances of The Beatles’ Christmas Show at the Astoria Cinema in Finsbury Park, London, for day 11 of their 16-date residency.

Radio: The Public Ear

Although The Beatles had a well-earned day off from their Christmas Show season, George Harrison and Ringo Starr granted an interview to the BBC.

Live: The Beatles’ Christmas Show

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.

Radio: various interviews

The Beatles recorded a series of ‘open-ended’ answers for use by US disc jockeys on this day at EMI’s Manchester Square headquarters.

Live: The Beatles’ Christmas Show

The Beatles’ residency at the Astoria Cinema in London’s Finsbury Park continued on this night, with another two performances of The Beatles’ Christmas Show. It was day nine of the show’s 16-date run.

Live: The Beatles’ Christmas Show

Another two houses at the Astoria Cinema in Finsbury Park, London, for The Beatles’ Christmas Show. This was the eighth date of the group’s 16-night residency.

Live: The Beatles’ Christmas Show

The Beatles’ first performances of 1964 were a continuation of The Beatles’ Christmas Show, the variety night which ran from 24 December 1963 until 11 January 1964.