On This Day In 1964, The Beatles Royal Variety Performance

It was on this day in 1964 when The Beatles' famously appeared at the Royal Command Performance at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London, in the presence of the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret. They were seventh on the bill of 19 acts, and they began playing their opening song, "From Me To You" before the curtains had opened. 

 

After the final chord, John Lennon and Paul McCartney moved their microphone stands nearer the edge of the stage to get closer to the audience. 

 

Prior to ripping into a rousing rendition of "Twist and Shout", John Lennon famously said, “For our last number I’d like to ask your help. Would the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? And the rest of you, if you’ll just rattle your jewelry.” John had intended to drop the f-bomb right before the word “jewelry,” but Paul McCartney and the group’s nervous manager Brian Epstein talked him out of it. 

 

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