The Beatles’ second show of the night, following their engagement at the El Rio in Macclesfield, took place at the King’s Hall, Glebe Street, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.
During the Stoke performance The Beatles played, for the only time, a cover of Walk Right In, a new hit for the US group the Rooftop Singers, which was number one in America.
Backstage at the King’s Hall John Lennon and Paul McCartney began writing ‘Misery’, which would subsequently appear on The Beatles’ debut album Please Please Me. However, they originally intended to donate the song to Helen Shapiro, whom they would meet a week later on their first UK tour.
Also on this day The Beatles’ first appearance on the BBC radio show Saturday Club was broadcast. The group had recorded the session on 22 January.
Also on this day...
- 2014: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunite at the Grammy Awards
- 1970: John Lennon is interviewed in Paris by Reuters
- 1970: Ringo and Maureen fly to Los Angeles
- 1969: Get Back/Let It Be sessions: day 17
- 1965: George Martin breaks his foot in the Swiss Alps
- 1964: Live: Olympia Theatre, Paris
- 1963: Live: El Rio, Macclesfield
- 1962: Live: Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, Wallasey
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
- 1961: Live: Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool
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