This was the only occasion when The Beatles performed at Birmingham’s Town Hall. It was the 17th date of the group’s 1963 tour of the United Kingdom with American singer Roy Orbison.
However, George Harrison did return to the venue on 3 December 1969, when he performed two shows with Delaney and Bonnie.
On this occasion The Beatles performed a seven-song set: ‘Some Other Guy’, ‘Do You Want To Know A Secret’, ‘Love Me Do’, ‘From Me To You’, ‘Please Please Me’, ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ and ‘Twist And Shout’.
Last updated: 4 March 2010
Also on this day...
- 2022: Paul McCartney live: JMA Wireless Dome, Syracuse, New York
- 2022: Ringo Starr live: Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, Gilford, New Hampshire
- 2012: Paul McCartney live: the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert, London
- 2012: The Beatles named as UK’s biggest-selling singles act in Queen’s reign
- 2007: UK album release: Memory Almost Full by Paul McCartney
- 1991: US album release: Unplugged (The Official Bootleg) by Paul McCartney
- 1969: US single release: The Ballad Of John And Yoko
- 1968: Recording, mixing: Revolution 1
- 1967: McCartney and Harrison watch Jimi Hendrix in London
- 1965: UK EP release: Beatles For Sale No 2
- 1964: The Beatles’ world tour begins in Copenhagen, Denmark
- 1964: Recording, mixing, editing: Long Tall Sally, Matchbox, I Call Your Name, Slow Down, When I Get Home, Any Time At All, I’ll Cry Instead
- 1962: Rehearsal: Cavern Club, Liverpool
- 1961: Live: Top Ten Club, Hamburg
- 1960: Live: Grosvenor Ballroom, Wallasey
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I was at The Beatles concert in the Birmingham Town Hall in 1963 aged just 11 years old. Along with my school friend we were two of the few male members of the audience. Tickets cost ten bob and a girl fainted behind us after screaming a great deal. At the start of the evening it was announced that the concert was being transmitted to a local hospital but I cannot recall which one.
Roy Orbison was relatively unknown and Gerry & the Pacemakers were also playing. What a night.
My first live music event and one never to be surpassed having experienced the energy and creative magic of The Beatles.