The Beatles in Manchester in the 1960s
The Beatles frequently performed in Manchester, with numerous tour dates in the city throughout the 60s.
They performed at the Odeon Theatre on Oxford Street on May 30th 1963, this was their only performance at this particular venue.
The set list for this gig included Love Me Do, Please Please Me, I Saw Her Standing There and Twist and Shout.
George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are pictured here peering out from behind their dressing room door before the show.
On 20th November of 1963, The Beatles performed at the ABC Cinema in Ardwick (which later became the Manchester Apollo). Performances from this gig along with backstage footage and crowd scenes were filmed for a cinema feature which was broadcast the following month. Granada TV also filmed backstage as well as interviewing The Beatles about their forthcoming tour.
Here are some of the fans present at the gig.
On Monday 1st November 1965, filming took place at Granada TV Studios for a special programme entitled ‘The Music Of Lennon and McCartney’. Many stars appeared on the show, including Cilla Black, Lulu, Esther Phillips and Henry Mancini.
These images were taken before filming and show John Lennon and Paul McCartney pictured with some of the showgirls.
In December of 1965, The Beatles were once again back in Manchester performing at the ABC Cinema. They are wearing masks in mockery of the smog in the city.
Paul McCartney and John Lennon are pictured here performing at the venue having arrived in the nick of time due to a delay on their journey. They had only a few minutes to prepare before the start of the show.
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