Today in Beatle History
Sat, December 7th, 2019
Sat, December 7th, 1957  The Quarry Men perform at Wilson Hall, Garston, Liverpool.
Fri, December 7th, 1962  The Beatles perform a lunchtime show at the Cavern Club and a night show at the Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, Birkenhead. At the Tower show, The Beatles head a seven-group line-up.
Sat, December 7th, 1963  The Beatles perform a show at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool, their first performance in their home town in four months. This afternoon concert was reserved for 2,500 members of The Beatles' Northern Area Fan Club, and 30 minutes of the show was broadcast that evening on the BBC, in a special peak-time program called "It's The Beatles!" The Beatles perform "From Me to You", "I Saw Her Standing There", "All My Loving", "Roll Over Beethoven", "Boys", "Till There Was You", "She Loves You", "This Boy", "I Want to Hold Your Hand", "Money", "Twist and Shout", and a reprise of "From Me to You". Unfortunately, the audience's loud screaming interfered with the camera direction and sound balance for the television taping, and the results were less than satisfactory. Earlier in the afternoon, The Beatles had taped an appearance on "Juke Box Jury" (see separate entry). Later, The Beatles perform two more full shows, at the Odeon Theatre in Liverpool, as part of their continuing British tour.
Sat, December 7th, 1963  The Beatles tape an appearance on the popular BBC television program "Juke Box Jury", the four Beatles making up the "jury" that reviewed new singles. The Beatles judged 13 singles (only 10 made it onto the broadcast): "I Could Write a Book" by the Chants; "Kiss Me Quick" by Elvis Presley; "The Hippy Hippy Shake" by the Swinging Blue Jeans; "Did You Have a Happy Birthday" by Paul Anka; "The Nitty Gritty" by Shirley Ellis; "I Can't Stop Talking About You" by Steve & Eydie; "Do You Really Love Me Too" by Billy Fury; "There! I've Said It Again" by Bobby Vinton; "Love Hit Me" by the Orchids; "I Think of You" by the Merseybeats; "Broken Home" by Shirley Jackson; "Where Have You Been All My Life" by Gene Vincent; and "Long Time Ago" by The Bachelors. Of the 13 songs, The Beatles voted 9 to be "hits" and four (Anka, Ellis, Vinton, and Orchids) to be "misses". Recorded at the Empire Theatre and broadcast that evening.
Tue, December 7th, 1965  The Beatles, on their last tour of Britain, perform two shows at the ABC Cinema in Ardwick, Manchester.
Tue, December 7th, 1965  The Beatles meet with film producer Walter Shenson to discuss the next Beatles movie, a film adaptation of "A Talent for Loving". The Beatles had been keen on the project, a western (as in cowboy) farce, after reading Richard Condon's novel, so much so that an official announcement had already been made that this would be the next Beatles film. Unfortunately, The Beatles found the screenplay to be a lousy adaptation, and their feelings about the project going into this day's meeting are altogether negative. By the end of the meeting the project will be dead. [A film adaptation of "A Talent for Loving" was made in 1969, starring Richard Widmark, Genevieve Page, Topol, and Cesar Romero.]
Thu, December 7th, 1967  The Beatles' Apple Boutique opens to the public. Jennie Boyd, Pattie Harrison's sister, works as one of the shop employees.
Mon, December 7th, 1981  UK release of Beatles EP box set "The Beatles E.P. Collection" (Parlophone). Includes the 13 original UK Beatles EPs and a new EP, "The Beatles", which contains stereo versions of "She's a Woman" (with an intro countdown), "The Inner Light", and "Baby You're a Rich Man", plus a fake stereo version of "This Boy". The original EPs included are: "Twist and Shout", "The Beatles Hits", "The Beatles (No. 1)", "All My Loving", "Long Tall Sally", "Extracts From the Film 'A Hard Day's Night'", "Extracts From the Album 'A Hard Day's Night'", "Beatles For Sale", "Beatles For Sale (No. 2)", "The Beatles Million Sellers", "Yesterday", "Nowhere Man", and the double EP set "Magical Mystery Tour".
Thu, December 7th, 1995  "The Beatles Anthology 1" is #1 in the US charts for the second week.