The Beatles’ Christmas Show, which had been taking place at the Astoria Cinema in London’s Finsbury Park since 24 December 1963, continued on this evening with a further two performances. It was day 10 of the show’s run.
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...
- 1970: Recording: Let It Be – The Beatles’ last recording session as a group
- 1967: Recording: Penny Lane
- 1965: Live: Another Beatles Christmas Show
- 1964: Radio: various interviews
- 1963: Live: Town Hall, Dingwall, Scotland
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