In 1960s, History, Manchester, News

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.

The Beatles peering out from behind their dressing room door before a performance in Manchester

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.

Two fans at a Beatles gig in 1963
A fan watching a Beatles gig in 1963

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.

John Lennon and Paul McCartney at Granada TV in 1965
The Beatles at Granada Television Studios
Beatles Paul McCartney and John Lennon pictured with 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.

The Beatles in Manchester in 1965 wearing smog masks

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.

Paul McCartney and John Lennon performing at the ABC Cinema
I’m Emma Schwartz, a Content Writer and SEO Specialist from Manchester. I love exploring local history and writing about the past. You will find lots of articles on this site about a variety of historical and nostalgic topics. If you have any memories or stories you would like to share with us, please feel free to get in touch.
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