Friday, November 22, 2013

A Black Day

November 22, 1963

The assassination of a president.

It may seem unconnected to the story of the Beatles, but I was there and I think they are profoundly connected.  After a period of deep cultural depression and national mourning, American kids will be ready for something upbeat and optimistic.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Let's go to the concert

November 20, 1963

Wanna go see the the Beatles at ABC Cinema in Manchester tonight?  I've got a couple of tickets.  Let's go!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Jack Parr Scoops 'Em All

November 16, 1963

The Tonight Show with Jack Parr.

Monday, November 4, 2013

A Royal Command to Perform

November 4, 1963

The Beatles, really making inroads now, are invited to play at this year's Royal Command Variety Show at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London.  The tradition of an annual command performance goes back to 1912 (hey, just about 50 years before the Beatles!)  It's a chance for the best entertainment from the British Isles and the world to show their stuff to members of the royal family and it goes on to this day.  [This year (2013), the "Attraction Black Light and Shadow Theatre" appeared.]

John is quick with a joke that gets them on the front page of every newspaper in the land.

Royal Command Performance Article