on film and television 1964

On 7 February 1964 The Beatles visited America for the first time. Their two week visit was covered by a multitude of television and film crews with barely a minute of their stay unrecorded. It's not my objective to document all these bits of film - just those that capture complete song performances. What is interesting is that The Beatles stage show lasted barely 30 minutes! I don't think any act could get away with that today, but expectations were different back then.

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12 January 1964
'Sunday Night at the London Palladium'
The Beatles first Television appearance of 1964 was a return visit to 'Sunday Night at the London Palladium'. As well as performing a comedy sketch with Bruce Forsyth they sang five songs 'I Want To Hold Your Hand', 'This Boy', 'All My Loving', 'Money (That's What I Want)' and 'Twist and Shout'. No record of this performance is thought to exist.
16 January -
4 February 1964
Olympia Theatre, Paris
During an extended season at the Olympia Theatre in Paris the band were filmed performing 'Twist and Shout'. It is not known which set this comes from, or whether more songs were filmed (they performed an eight song set around 40 times during this three week period!).

9 February 1964
'Ed Sullivan Show'

Somewhat confusingly, The Beatles recorded the songs for their third appearance on the 'Ed Sullivan Show' before they'd even made their first. They played 'Twist and Shout', 'Please Please Me', and 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' during an afternoon recording at CBS Television's Studio 50 in New York. The programme was eventually broadcast on 23 February 1964.

9 February 1964
'Ed Sullivan Show'

Then, the same evening as the above recording, they again played at Studio 50 for the live broadcast of that night's 'Ed Sullivan Show'. They performed 'All My Loving', 'Till There Was You', 'She Loves You', 'I Saw Her Standing There' and 'I Want to Hold Your Hand'. As is well documented, this appearance attracted the biggest television audience recorded at the time with about 73 million viewers tuning in.

11 February 1964
Coliseum, Washington DC
The concert tour proper started this day at the Coliseum in Washington DC. The entire performance was filmed by CBS and consists of 'Roll Over Beethoven', 'From Me to You', 'I Saw Her Standing There', 'This Boy', 'All My Loving', 'I Wanna Be Your Man', 'Please Please Me', 'Till There Was You', 'She Loves You', 'I Want to Hold Your Hand', 'Twist and Shout' and 'Long Tall Sally'.

16 February 1964
'The Ed Sullivan Show'
For their second (in broadcast order) appearance on 'The Ed Sullivan Show' The Beatles sang live from Miami. They performed 'She Loves You', 'This Boy', 'All My Loving', 'I Saw Her Standing There', 'From Me to You' and 'I Want to Hold Your Hand'. All songs were rehearsed in the afternoon and a tape of the practice session exists.
21 February 1964
US Documentary
On the last day the US visit, a documentary crew captured band singing an improvised song called 'Guitar Blues' in their hotel room. The next day they were to return to Heathrow Airport and the famous 'welcome home' Beatlemania crowds.

23 February 1964
'Mike and Bernie Winter's Big Night Out'
Back in London, The Beatles appear once again on ATV's 'Mike and Bernie Winter's Big Night Out'. They mimed 'All My Loving', 'I Wanna Be Your Man', 'Till There Was You', 'Please Mister Postman' and 'I Want to Hold Your Hand'. 'Money (That's What I Want)' was also sung, but not shown. They also joined in with a few of Mike and Bernie's sketches.
26/27 February 1964
Silent Film
Some silent footage from Abbey Road Studios was shot during recording of the takes of 'And I Love Her' being prepared for the Hard Day's Night soundtrack.

2 March - 24 April 1964
'A Hard Day's Night'

The filming of 'A Hard Day's Night' took place on most days over this 7 week period. One recorded (mimed) song 'You Can't Do That' (recorded on 31 March 1964) was cut from the film, though it was shown on 'The Ed Sullivan Show' on 24 May 1964.

20 March 1964
'Ready Steady Go'
During a break in filming 'A Hard Day's Night', The Beatles performed live on Rediffusion's 'Ready Steady Go' miming to 'It Won't Be Long', 'Can't Buy Me Love', and 'You Can't Do That'.
26 April 1964
The New Musical Express 1963/64 Annual Poll Winner's Concert
The New Musical Express 1963/64 Annual Poll Winner's Concert took place at The Empire Pool, Wembley and The Beatles of course topped the bill. As well as receiving an award from Roger Moore they sang 'She Loves You', 'You Can't Do That', 'Twist and Shout', 'Long Tall Sally' and 'Can't Buy Me Love'. The show was recorded by ABC TV and broadcast on 10 May 1964.
28 April 1964
'Around The Beatles'
In a novel approach to recording a TV show, the soundtrack for this appearance was recorded in the studio on 19 April 1964 and tonight they turned up and mimed to that recording. The songs were 'Twist and Shout', 'Roll Over Beethoven', 'I Wanna Be Your Man', 'Long Tall Sally', a medley of 'Love Me Do/Please Please Me/From me to You/She Loves You/I Want to Hold Your Hand', 'Can't Buy Me Love' and 'Shout'.The Beatles also appeared in a comedy sketch. The finished programme was eventuallly broadcast as a sixty minute special 'Around The Beatles' by Rediffusion on 6 May 1964.

3 June 1964
Studio Film
When Ringo went into hospital suddenly The Beatles rushed in drummer Jimmy Nicol to fill in for the upcoming shows. They rehearsed with him at Abbey Road Studios and this was partly caught on film.
5 June 1964
The Beatles kicked off their World Tour in Holland with Jimmy Nicol still standing in for a hospitalized Ringo. They recorded an appearance for VARA-tv in which they were interviewed and mimed to 'Twist and Shout', 'All My Loving', 'Roll Over Beethoven', 'Long Tall Sally', 'She Loves You' and 'Can't Buy Me Love'. Though they were miming, the microphones were also on, so you can hear the live performance as well.

17 June 1964
'Beatles Sing For Shell'

The last of six shows at Melbourne was filmed and 9 songs broadcast as a 'Beatles Sing For Shell' special. By this time, Ringo had rejoined the band and so it was the usual line-up for 'I Saw Her Standing There','You Can't Do That', 'All My Loving', 'She Loves You', 'Till There Was You', 'Roll Over Beethoven', 'Can't Buy Me Love', 'This Boy', and 'Long Tall Sally'. The programme was broadcast on 1 July 1964.
7 July 1964
'Top of the Pops'
The Beatles filmed two songs for future transmission on the BBC chart show 'Top of the Pops'. They mimed 'A Hard Day's Night', 'Things We Said Today' and 'Long Tall Sally'. The songs were broadcast on 8 July (Hard Day's Night/Long Tall Sally) and 29 July (Things We Said Today) and would now appear to be lost.
11 July 1964
'Lucky Stars (Summer Spin)'
The Beatles mimed live on ABC-TV's 'Lucky Stars (Summer Spin)'. They covered 'A Hard Day's Night', 'Long Tall Sally', 'Things We Said Today' and 'You Can't Do That'. No record of this broadcast os thought to exist.
19 July 1964
'Blackpool Night Out'.
The Beatles performed more comedy sketches with Mike and Bernie Winters and performed 'A Hard Day's Night', 'And I Love Her', 'If I Fell', 'Things We Said Today' and 'Long Tall Sally' for ABC Televisions 'Blackpool Night Out'. Somewhat carelessly you might think, ABC seem to have misplaced this film as well, though a sound recording and some still photographs do exist.
23 August 1964
Hollywood Bowl
The Beatles second visit to America and their first concert at the Hollywood Bowl. The whole performance was audio recorded for a subsequent live album and much of the show was filmed by a newsreel company. The set included 'Twist and Shout', 'You Can't Do that', 'All My Loving', 'She Loves You', 'Things We Said Today', 'Roll Over Beethoven', 'Can't Buy Me Love', 'If I Fell', 'I Want To Hold Your Hand', 'Boys', 'A Hard Day's Night' and 'Long Tall Sally'.
3 September 1964
'Our Fair Beatles'
More newsreel footage, this time from the Indianapolis State Fair Coliseum. The film was edited together to produce a short documentary called 'Our Fair Beatles' and included 'She Loves You' and part of 'If I Fell'
3 October 1964
The Beatles sing 'Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey', 'I'm a Loser', and 'Boys' for a US TV Show called 'Shindig'. The performace was recorded in London for broadcast in the States on 7 October 1964.
14 October 1964
'Scene at 6:30'
The Beatles returned to Granada Studios in Manchester and mimed to 'I Should Have Known Better' for the 'Scene at 6:30' programme broadcast on 16 October. Even though The Beatles were the biggest band in the world by now Granada didn't seem to think there was any point in keeping a copy of this performance...
14 November 1964
'Thank Your Lucky Stars'
The Beatles mimed to four songs for ABC TV's 'Thank Your Lucky Stars'. they were 'I Feel Fine', 'She's A Woman', 'I'm A Loser' and 'Rock and Roll Music'. The boys also joined in acouple of short comedy items. the dhow was broadcast on 21 November 1964.
16 November 1964
'Top of the Pops'
The Beatles mime to 'I Feel Fine' and 'She's A Woman' for BBC TV's 'Top of the Pops'. The show, which would appear to be lost, was broadcast on 16 November 1964.
23 November 1964
'Ready Steady Go'
The Beatles recorded four songs for their third and final appearance on Rediffusion's 'Ready Steady Go'. They mimed to 'I Feel Fine', 'She's a Woman', 'Baby's in Black' and 'Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey!'. The show was broadcast on 27 November 1964.