The Beatles in Manchester in the 1960s

by | Jul 19, 2017 | 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

The Beatles peering out from behind their dressing room door before their appearance at the Odeon Theatre in Manchester.
Top to bottom: George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.
30th May 1963.

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

Two female fans watching The Beatles play at Manchester.
20th November 1963.

A fan watching a Beatles gig in 1963

The Beatles, Fans at the Manchester Apollo, Manchester, 20th November 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, Manchester for filming of `The Music Of Lennon And McCartney’, Monday 1st November 1965. Pictured, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, surrounded by some the the girls who appear in the show, Sue Gerrard (left) and June Speakland (right).

The Beatles at Granada Television Studios

The Beatles at Granada Television Studios, Manchester for filming of `The Music Of Lennon And McCartney’, Monday 1st November 1965.
John Lennon and Paul McCartney with showgirls before rehearsals the show.

Beatles Paul McCartney and John Lennon pictured with showgirls

Beatles Paul McCartney and John Lennon with showgirls before rehearsals for the television show Music of Lennon and McCartney at Granada Television Studios, Manchester.
Monday 1st November 1965.

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

The Beatles with smog masks on before playing at the Ardwick Theare, Manchester.
7th December 1965.

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

Paul McCartney and John Lennon of The Beatles performing at the ABC Cinema, Ardwick , Manchester after a delayed journey leaving them only five minutes to prepare.
8th December 1965.

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