Sunday, June 30, 2013

Lucky Stars on Merseyside

On December 15 1963, The Beatles performed on television for ABC-TV in England. This was for a special episode of the "Thank Your Lucky Stars" program with the sub-title for this particular show as "Lucky Stars On Merseyside". The show featured Liverpudlian groups such as Gerry and The Pacemakers, Cilla Black, The Searchers, etc. but obviously the headlining group was the Beatles who closed the show.
The show was taped at the Alpha Television Studios in Birmingham England and was show to the general public a week later on December 21. The host of the show was Brian Matthew.
The Beatles mimed to four songs on a specially built set. The first song was the current A-side of the new single "I Want To Hold Your Hand", this is followed by the popular track off the newly released second LP  and sung by Paul (with John joining in although he didn't sing on the record) "All My Loving". The Beatles finish the set miming to the Isley Brother's cover version of "Twist And Shour" from the first LP.
The host Brian Matthews introduces George Martin who makes a rare television appearance and presents The Beatles with two gold discs: one for "She Loves You" and the other for "I Want to Hold Your Hand".
The Beatles resume the show with a mimed edited version of "She Loves You" and then the end credits appear.
I've included a link below.

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