The first tour
When The Beatles undertook their first national tour back in that bleak midwinter of 1963 they were already the kings of Merseyside… but Helen Shapiro was the star turn.
Within just a few days Please Please Me started its great rise up the charts and their lives were to change forever. By the end of the year Britain was besotted and within a short time the heart of America had been captured too.
Beatlemania! The Real Story Of The Beatles UK Tours examines this exciting period of 1963 when the group took on four national tours, despite a heavy schedule of writing and recording a whole host of great songs, plus a busy schedule of TV and radio appearances and an exhausting stream of other public appearances.
The national press only started attaching reporters and photographers to Beatles tours in the wake of She Loves You and the astonishing scenes outside the London Palladium in October 1963, but by then the group had completed three national tours causing scenes of growing excitment up and down the country.
There has been limited pictures and stories about these early tours down the years for the very good reason that few papers were on hand to report them. My motive in starting this project was to find out as much as possible from the people who were there… the fans, the police, the venue staff and hoteliers, the reporters and photographers and the pop stars who had the pleasure of touring with the Fab Four – but the dubious please of enduring screams for them during their own sets.
Among those sharing their memories of the first incredible tour are singers Helen Shapiro and Kenny Lynch, plus Vilma and Anita Liddell, of The Honeys, who have never spoken before of their travels with John, Paul, George and Ringo. Then there is the great songwriter Roger Greenaway, then (and now) a member of The Kestrels – plus his Kestrel colleague Geoff Williams.
Alongside them is Gordon Sampson who covered The Beatles’ very first tour gig at Bradford for the NME, plus photographer Stan Richardson who took their photo that night.
They are joined by other newsmen, fans and hoteliers and cinema managers in putting some meat on the bones on that first tour that we know so little about.
I warmly thank everyone who gave so generously from their memory banks after all these years to recall events that I believe are a significant, but little-known part of the history of The Beatles. It was an exciting period in their progress as they hit the road on their first national tour and celebrated the joy of their first big hit – Please Please Me – that set them on the road to greatness.
I had no agenda other than to discover what happened during those incredible few weeks and it was heartening to discover how people enjoyed being around The Beatles – of the fun that was to be had until their fame grew to the level that it simply became impossible for them to enjoy the freedom they once cherished to let their mop-topped hair down.
The first two tours were a brief window of opportunity for fans to hear The Beatles going full pelt on stage before the screaming got to the level where nobody heard anything.
Best fan stories about the Beatles
The Beatles is, without a doubt, the most important rock band in the history of music. The original quartet of Liverpool was consolidated in the 1960 and, although it was dissolved in the early 70s, its popularity remains intact over time. The enormous popularity of the group crossed borders as it had great acceptance in the United Kingdom, United States and other countries of Europe and Asia. Let your exquisite ladies from the Escort Directory share with you some interesting stories of fans who had the chance to spend some time with them.
Fans who were lucky enough to met a real legend
Your marvelous escort will tell you about two teenage girls who were determined to personally meet the talented John Lennon, even though such endeavor was much more complicated than trying to have an audience with the Queen.
It was the year 1967, and they were lucky enough to find a map on a newspaper that led them to a house located in the St John’s Wood area in Weybridge. After a couple of trips to such area, they were able to spot the artist right in front of the mentioned residence.
They summoned enough courage and headed towards the house, without expectations but very excited at the same time. As your fabulous escort will tell you, when they knocked on the door, they were received by a gentle woman who led them to a room where the artist was comfortably sitting cross-legged on a couch.
An unforgettable interview
The artist engaged in a very pleasant conversation with his fans who told him where they were coming from, their aspirations, and of course, which were the songs they liked most.
At the end of the meeting, the singer said goodbye with much affection inviting them to visit him again on a future occasion. As your dazzling escorts will tell you, this event was without doubt decisive in the lives of both girls who felt motivated to make their dreams come true.