This was The Beatles’ only time in the Yorkshire town of Huddersfield. It was the 24th date of their 1963 Autumn Tour, and took place on the day their single ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’/‘This Boy’ was released in the UK.
The group performed 10 songs at each of the night’s two concerts: ‘I Saw Her Standing There’, ‘From Me To You’, ‘All My Loving’, ‘You Really Got A Hold On Me’, ‘Roll Over Beethoven’, ‘Boys’, ‘Till There Was You’, ‘She Loves You’, ‘Money (That’s What I Want)’ and ‘Twist And Shout’.
Between their sets The Beatles were visited by Gordon Kaye, later to become famous as a British television actor. Kaye was representing the Huddersfield Tape Recording Society, and requested an interview with each of the group and asked them to read aloud record requests. The recordings were for Music Box, a monthly programme made for local hospitals in the region.
The 2,036-seat ABC Cinema closed in March 1983, and was later demolished to make way for a supermarket.
Also on this day...
- 2016: George Harrison’s What Is Life gets new video
- 2012: Paul McCartney live at Rexall Place, Edmonton, Canada
- 2001: George Harrison dies
- 1968: UK album release: Two Virgins by John Lennon and Yoko Ono
- 1967: Editing: Christmas Time (Is Here Again)
- 1966: Recording, mixing: Strawberry Fields Forever
- 1965: Radio: Saturday Club
- 1964: John Lennon appears on Not Only… But Also
- 1963: UK single release: I Want To Hold Your Hand
- 1962: Live: Majestic Ballroom, Birkenhead
- 1961: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
- 1961: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
- 1960: Paul McCartney and Pete Best are arrested in Hamburg
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