This was The Beatles’ second and final concert at the Majestic Ballroom. They had previously appeared at the venue on 28 January 1963.
This was the group’s final appearance in a ballroom run by Top Rank, although they continued to perform in cinemas and theatres operated by the company.
Before the show, in a room at the Turk’s Hotel in Newcastle, John Lennon and Paul McCartney began writing their next single, ‘She Loves You’.
John and I wrote She Loves You together. There was a Bobby Rydell song out at the time and, as often happens, you think of one song when you write another.
We were in a van up in Newcastle. I’d planned an ‘answering song’ where a couple of us would sing ‘She loves you…’ and the other one answers, ‘Yeah, yeah.’ We decided that that was a crummy idea as it was, but at least we then had the idea for a song called She Loves You. So we sat in the hotel bedroom for a few hours and wrote it.
They wrote while facing each other on twin beds in their shared hotel room.
We must have had a few hours before the show so we said, ‘Oh, great! Let’s have a ciggy and write a song!’ So that’s how we began ‘She Loves You’. I remember for some reason thinking of Bobby Rydell; he must have had a hit that we were interested in. I remember thinking of him and sitting on the bed in this hotel somewhere with John in the afternoon daylight.
Many Years From Now, Barry Miles
The song was completed the following day at McCartney’s family home, 20 Forthlin Road, Liverpool.
Also on this day...
- 2010: Paul McCartney live: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
- 2009: Paul McCartney pays tribute to Michael Jackson
- 2004: Paul McCartney live: Glastonbury Festival
- 1968: Recording: Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
- 1968: George Harrison produces Jackie Lomax’s Sour Milk Sea
- 1967: Recording, mixing: All You Need Is Love
- 1966: Live: Ernst Merck Halle, Hamburg
- 1965: Live: Palazzo dello Sport, Genoa, Italy
- 1964: Live: Town Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand
- 1964: US album release: A Hard Day’s Night
- 1961: Live: Top Ten Club, Hamburg
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