Television: Blackpool Night Out

The Beatles made an appearance on the live ABC Television show Blackpool Night Out, the summer edition of Big Night Out. It was broadcast throughout the ITV network from 8.25-9.25pm.

The show was hosted by brothers Mike and Bernie Winters, and took place at Blackpool’s ABC Theatre. Also appearing were Chita Rivera, Frank Berry, Jimmy Edwards and Lionel Blair.

The Beatles had arrived in Blackpool the previous day. They performed five songs: A Hard Day’s Night, Things We Said Today, You Can’t Do That, If I Fell and Long Tall Sally.

A first attempt at performing If I Fell broke down after John Lennon and Paul McCartney began laughing during the opening, and the song was restarted.

The Beatles also took part in comedy sketches for the show, for which they dressed up as characters including refuse collectors and medical surgeons.

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