Episode #21 – ‘When They Was Fab – The Beatles on TV 1962-1966’

Charming, funny, provocative, hugely talented and already seasoned stage professionals—The Beatles were perfect for television during an era when sales of television sets were skyrocketing. And TV was also the ideal, all-encompassing promotional tool for the Fab Four. So, it was a symbiotic relationship.

At first, they were more than happy to not only perform their songs, but also participate in comedy sketches… until they no longer needed to. This show examines the group’s halcyon TV years—and provides viewer sound recordings of several ultra-rare, ‘long lost’ broadcasts.

The TV Appearances:

(* = unheard since first broadcast)

  • Morecambe and Wise – 2 Dec. 1963
  • People and Places – 17 Oct. 1962 *
  • People and Places – 2 Nov. 1962 *
  • People and Places – 17 Dec. 1962 *
  • Pops and Lenny – 16 May 1963 *
  • Juke Box Jury – 29 Jun. 1963
  • The Mersey Sound ¬– 9 Oct. 1963
  • Ready Steady Go! – 4 Oct. 1963
  • Val Parnell’s Sunday Night at the London Palladium – 13 Oct. 1963
  • Drop In – 3 Nov. 1963
  • The Royal Variety Performance – 6 Jun. 1963
  • This Week – 7 Nov. 1963
  • The Huntley-Brinkley Report – 18 Nov. 1963
  • Late Scene Extra – 27 Nov. 1963
  • Juke Box Jury – 7 Dec. 1963
  • It’s The Beatles – 7 Dec. 1963
  • JFK Airport press conference – 7 Feb. 1964
  • CBS Evening News – 7 Feb. 1964
  • The Ed Sullivan Show – 9 Feb. 1964
  • What’s Happening! The Beatles in the U.S.A. – Feb. 1964
  • Big Night Out – 23 Feb. 1964
  • Around The Beatles – 6 May 1964
  • Beatles in Nederland – 8 Jun. 1964
  • Not Only… But Also – 20 Nov. 1964
  • BBC News – 12 Jun. 1965
  • The Music of Lennon and McCartney – 16 Dec. 1965
  • Circus Krone-Bau, München – 24 Jun. 1966
  • Independent Television News – 8 Jul. 1966
  • Reporting ’66 – 20 Dec. 1966

The Music:

  • This Boy
  • Some Other Guy
  • Love Me Do
  • A Taste of Honey
  • Twist and Shout
  • From Me to You
  • Devil in Disguise
  • I’ll Get You
  • She Loves You
  • I Saw Her Standing There
  • Till There Was You
  • Love Hit Me
  • Money (That’s What I Want)
  • All My Loving
  • You Can’t Do That
  • Nowhere Man
  • Shout
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