The Beatles’ first performances of 1964 were a continuation of The Beatles’ Christmas Show, the variety night which ran from 24 December 1963 until 11 January 1964.
The shows took place at the Astoria Cinema in London’s Finsbury Park. The Beatles normally did two performances on each night, to cope with popular demand for tickets. This was the seventh date of the residency, which lasted until 11 January 1964.
The first act on stage was the Barron Knights and Duke D’Mond. Next came short sets from Tommy Quickly and The Fourmost, and Billy J Kramer and The Dakotas closed the first half. Following the interval there was a return from the Barron Knights and Duke D’Mond, then Cilla Black, and Rolf Harris. The Beatles were the final act of each show, with a performance lasting just 25 minutes.
The group performed nine songs: ‘Roll Over Beethoven’, ‘All My Loving’, ‘This Boy’, ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’, ‘She Loves You’, ‘Till There Was You’, ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’, ‘Money (That’s What I Want)’ and ‘Twist And Shout’.
Also on this day...
- 1965: Live: Another Beatles Christmas Show
- 1963: Travel: Hamburg to London
- 1962: The Beatles audition for Decca Records
- 1959: Live: Wilson Hall, Liverpool
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