February 1964

Radio: From Us To You

The Beatles had recorded a BBC radio bank holiday special, From Us To You, on 18 December 1963, which was broadcast on Boxing Day. The show’s success ensured a follow-up, recorded on this day in Studio One at the BBC’s Piccadilly Studios in London.

Recording: And I Love Her, Tell Me Why, If I Fell

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Norman Smith Having attempted to record Paul McCartney‘s And I Love Her on 25 and 26 February, The Beatles finally completed it, recording takes 20 and 21.

Television: Big Night Out

Despite having returned to England just the day before from their first US trip, The Beatles continued work with an appearance on the ABC Television show Big Night Out.

Interviews: London Airport

After their successful first tour of America, The Beatles returned to London Airport at 8.10am, to be greeted by crowds of screaming fans.

Travel: Miami to New York to London

To return to England from America, The Beatles flew first from Miami to New York, where they boarded an aeroplane to take them to London. They arrived back the following day.

The Beatles meet Cassius Clay

On this day The Beatles were taken to the training camp of boxer Cassius Clay – later known as Muhammad Ali – who was preparing for his 25 February fight against heavyweight champion Sonny Liston.

Day off in Miami

The day after their second Ed Sullivan Show appearance, The Beatles enjoyed a well-earned day off in Miami, in which they tried water-skiing.

Rehearsal for The Ed Sullivan Show

The Beatles’ second appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show was to take place at their Miami Hotel, the Deauville, on 16 February. Ahead of it they undertook a series of rehearsals.

Travel: New York to Miami

The Beatles travelled to Miami from New York on this day, leaving on National Airlines Flight 11 at 1.30pm and arriving at 4pm.

Rehearsal for The Ed Sullivan Show

In the morning a press conference was held in the Baroque Room at New York’s Plaza Hotel, where The Beatles were staying. Following this John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr went for a walk and photo opportunity in Central Park, where their every move was followed by around 400 female fans.

Radio: Saturday Club

While The Beatles were enjoying their first full day in America, back in the UK the BBC broadcast interviews and reports on the popular radio show Saturday Club, presented by Brian Matthew.