October 4th 1963 – The Beatles on Ready Steady Go!

October 4th 1963 – The Beatles made their debut appearance on Ready, Steady, Go!

Broadcast on the ITV network, initially just in London, RSG! was British television’s leading pop music show at the time. The 4 October 1963 episode was broadcast live, with the performers miming to their hits, a typical situation for the time.

The show was recorded at Television House on London’s Kingsway. During the afternoon The Beatles rehearsed for the cameras, and recording took place from 6.15pm onwards. The Beatles mimed to Twist and Shout, She Loves You, and I’ll Get Tou and were interviewed by guest host,  Dusty Springfield, and host Keith Fordyce.  Also, Paul McCartney judged four teenage girls miming to Brenda Lee’s ‘Let’s Jump the Broomstick, choosing 13-year-old Melanie Coe as winner. Three years later, after Coe’s disappearance from her family made the front page of the Daily Mirror.  McCartney used the article as the basis for ‘She’s Leaving Home’.

The Beatles with Dusty Springfield, Eden Kane, Keith Fordyce, and Helen Shapiro on Ready Steady Go
The Beatles with Dusty Springfield, Eden Kane, Keith Fordyce, and Helen Shapiro on Ready Steady Go

 

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