The Beatles began their first tour of 1963 with a performance at the Two Red Shoes Ballroom, Elgin, Scotland, on 3 January.
The Two Red Shoes opened as a jazz venue on 28 July 1960 by Albert Bonici.
The Beatles’ Scottish tour had been booked in November 1962 by Jack Fallon at the Cana Variety Agency. The Beatles earned £42 a night.
Despite the low cost, Fallon still lost money on the tour but a clause in his contract did offer Bonici an exclusive option on all future appearances in Scotland.
The group’s appearance at the Two Red Shoes was promoted by the Elgin Folk Music Club, who regularly staged events at the venue.
The ballroom where The Beatles performed was L-shaped, which meant that some members of the audience were unable to see the stage.
Also on this day...
- 2011: Beatles museum opens in Buenos Aires, Argentina
- 1970: Recording: I Me Mine
- 1969: Get Back/Let It Be sessions: day two
- 1964: Live: The Beatles’ Christmas Show
- 1964: US single release: Please Please Me
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
- 1926: George Martin is born
Want more? Visit the Beatles history section.