This was The Beatles’ third and final show in Bedford, although only three of them took to the stage. John Lennon was bed-bound with a heavy cold, and so Paul McCartney and George Harrison re-arranged the group’s songs to share the vocal parts between them.
The Beatles’ setlist on this tour, in which they appeared on a bill with Tommy Roe and Chris Montez, was: ‘Love Me Do’, ‘Misery’, ‘A Taste Of Honey’, ‘Do You Want To Know A Secret’, ‘Please Please Me’ and ‘I Saw Her Standing There’.
Also on this day...
- 1971: UK single release: Power To The People by John Lennon
- 1970: George and Pattie Harrison move into Friar Park
- 1969: George and Pattie Harrison’s home is raided by the Drugs Squad
- 1969: Paul McCartney marries Linda Eastman
- 1969: Mixing: The Long And Winding Road, Let It Be
- 1964: Filming: A Hard Day’s Night
- 1962: Live: Kingsway Club, Southport
- 1961: Live: Cassanova Club, Liverpool
- 1961: Live: Casbah Coffee Club, Liverpool
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I went with my older brother – I was thirteen the previous November and he was fifteen in January ’63. I think we went down to the Granada on our bikes!
On these tours (and many came to the Granada in Bedford) there were two shows each evening but I can’t remember the exact times. I think the early one may have been at 6.30 pm and the later one at 9.10. We went to the early one.
I can remember Tommy Roe doing “Sheila” and Chris Montez playing “Let’s Dance” but not much more of their repertoires. There was an air of expectation throughout as the girls in the audience were obviously not interested in anything other than seeing the Beatles (or three-quarters of them anyway!)
When they came on stage the bulk of the audience didn’t seem too interested in hearing them either as the screaming virtually drowned out everything they played/sang. One thing which sticks clearly in my mind was one of the young ladies shouting out for “Love Me Do” and there was a bit of a subdued roar as Paul walked up to the microphone and put his hands together as though in prayer; looked up at the ceiling of the Granada and said, “We can’t….John” which virtually raised the roof.
Obviously the reason they couldn’t play it was that neither George nor Paul could play the harmonica but I think that fact was lost on most of the girls!
Where does the setlist come from? I would have thought I saw her standing there would have been the opening song, not the closing one. And if Love me do was out because of John’s illness, any suggestions for what could have been done instead? And shouldn’t Misery be off the list as well, that is also mainly John’s.