Saturday, October 12, 2013

"Big Night Out" again; Back on UK Soil.

On February 23 1964, The Beatles taped an episode of "Big Night Out" at Studio One, Teddington Studio Center in the UK. This episode was hosted by Mike Winters and Bernie Winters and was telecast a week later on the ABC UK network. It was the Beatles' second appearance and they were there to basically celebrate their triumph in the USA  and letting people know they were back in the UK once again. The sketches at the beginning of the show emphasis this by showing the Beatles in a boat, then leaving the boat and getting into a car, going through a fake "customs" and performing some songs. They also have a bit of banter with the hosts.
As the Beatles take the stage, they mime to the latest songs from the Beatles second LP in the UK "With The Beatles" as well as performing the A-side of their latest single. First up is "All My Loving" with vocals mainly by Paul although throughout the performance you can see all three frontmen miming away. This is followed by the Ringo vocal "I Wanna Be Your Man". Paul steps up in front and the others are in shadow for his miming of the cover of "Till There Was You". The last two songs are "Please Mister Postman" and the single "I Want To Hold Your Hand". For the last number various dancers appear beside the Beatles and on the stage in front of them twisting away. Parts 1 and 2 of the show can be found on youtube and the Apple "Anthology" show has bits of "I Wanna Be Your Man" and "Please Mister Postman" presented along with the intro bit. Here is a link to the musical portion:

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