Lunchtime and night performances at the Cavern Club. 1963:
Live: City Hall, Newcastle
As part of the Tommy Roe/Chris Montez tour of the UK, The Beatles made their first live appearance at the City Hall in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. They performed at the venue on three subsequent occasions.
The Beatles performed a standard six-song setlist on this tour: Love Me Do, Misery, A Taste of Honey, Do You Want to Know a Secret, Please Please Me and I Saw Her Standing There. The group's other performances at the City Hall were on 8 June 1963, 23 November 1963 and 4 December 1965.
Filming: A Hard Day's Night
This was the first day of filming at the Scala Theatre in London, where the performance finale of A Hard Day's Night took place. In all The Beatles were at the Scala for seven working days, until 31 March when the final performance in front of an audience took place. The Scala Theatre was situated at 58 Charlotte Street in central London. It was closed and demolished in 1969 after being damaged by fire, and was later replaced by an office block and a cinema. Today the television station Channel 4 Television owns Scala House, which stands on theatre's former location.
John Lennon's first book, "In His Own Write," is published in London by Johnathan Cape. It is a collection of John’s stories, poems and drawings, some of which go back to his teenage years. John asked old friend and Mersey Beat editor, Bill Harry, to supply copies of the poems and stories he’d sent him since 1961, and filled the rest of the book with more recent scribblings, dashed off on the bus from one gig to the next. The “Lennon style” is one of spontaneous verbal imagery presented in a truly chaotic form. Some of the pieces reveal his obsession with subjects such as violent death, family breakdown, and the crippled. Many of the images in the book have their roots in Lennon’s personal dreams and nightmares.
John Lennon appeared on the live BBC television program "Tonight" to promote the publication of his first book, "In His Own Write." John was interviewed by Kenneth Allsop for four minutes, after a few brief extracts from the book are read by Cliff Michelmore, Derek Hart, and Allsop. Allsop offhandedly asks Lennon why he doesn’t use the verbal dexterity and imagination of his stories in his songs, planting a seed that will begin to come to fruition in 1965. http://history.absoluteelsewhere.net/March/march23.html1964:
The first of three Beatles EPs was released on this day. Simply titled The Beatles, it was issued in mono by the Vee-Jay label as VJEP 1-903. The EP contained four songs: Misery, A Taste of Honey, Ask Me Why and Anna (Go To Him). Each of the songs, apart from Ask Me Why, had previously appeared on the Vee-Jay LP Introducing The Beatles, which was released on 10 January 1964. Vee-Jay had the right to issue only a limited number of Beatles songs before Capitol Records began releasing the group's music. As such, once their popularity was established, the songs were repackaged a number of times in various formats. BeatlesBible.com1964:
US single release: Do You Want to Know a Secret
A single, Do You Want to Know a Secret, was released on this day in the USA. Its b-side was Thank You Girl. The single was issued by the small US label Vee-Jay, and had the catalogue number VJ 587.
The BBC aired its episode of "Frankly Speaking" with the March 7th Brian Epstein interview.1964:
The Beatles received two Carl-Alan awards, presented by the Duke of Edinburgh at the Empire Rooms, Leicester Square, London. These were for Best Dancing and Dance Music. It was announced that they had also won 5 Ivor Novello awards for 1963. A special award was made to Brian Epstein and George Martin for outstanding services to British music. http://www.britishpathe.com/video/duke-meets-beatles1966:
`Rubber Soul', 16th week in the Top 10 (UK New Musical Express chart). 1967:
Recording, mixing: Getting Betterhttp://www.beatlesbible.com/1967/03/23/recording-mixing-getting-better/1967:
At a ceremony held at the Playhouse Theatre in London, The Beatles are awarded three Ivor Novello awards for 1966 (Best-selling British single, Yellow Submarine; most-performed song, Michelle; and next-most-performed song, Yesterday). None of The Beatles attend, although John Lennon and Paul McCartney provide pre-taped acceptance speeches. The winning songs are played by Joe Loss and His Orchestra, and the lead vocal for Michelle is sung by Ross MacManus, whose son will go on to become a professional musician using the name Elvis Costello.http://history.absoluteelsewhere.net/March/march23.html1968:
Ringo attended a private screening of “Around the World in 80 Days”, at the Coliseum Cinerama, hosted by Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. After this, Ringo, Taylor and Burton go to the Dorchester Hotel for a supper party. 1970:
Mixing, editing: I've Got a Feeling, Dig a Pony, One After 909, I Me Mine, Across The Universehttp://www.beatlesbible.com/1970/03/23/mixing-editing-ive-got-a-feeling-dig-a-pony-one-after-909-i-me-mine-across-the-universe/1970:
Studio 3 (control room only). 3.00-7.00pm. Paul and Tony Clark oversee the making of copy master tapes for LP `McCartney'. 1973:
Release of Paul McCartney and Wings single: “My Love”1973:
New York judge Ira Fieldsteel rules that John Lennon must leave the United States within 60 days, but Yoko Ono is granted permanent residency. The US Immigration and Naturalization Bureau had decided that Lennon is "undesirable." While they cite his drug conviction as their chief objection to his remaining in the US, their real concern is his political activism. Lennon's visitor's visa had expired on February 29, 1972. John and Yoko issue a statement that they are "...not prepared to sleep in separate beds."http://history.absoluteelsewhere.net/March/march23.html1993:
Paul's concert in Paramatta, Sydney (`The New World Tour').