Beatles and Beatle-related events on April 13:
- April 13, 1964: More filming for “A Hard Day’s Night” at Twickenham Studios: George Harrison’s scene in the clothing office and John and George’s scene in the bathroom are filmed. Harrison’s low-key scene where he verbally takes down a condescending agent (“Give him whatever it is they drink, a Cokerama?”) was one of the best scenes in the film. (You can see the scene in the video at left.) When George intones, “I wouldn’t be seen dead in them. They’re dead grotty,” you can see Simon (Kenneth Haigh, whose acting career included playing Brutus in the film “Cleopatra” with Elizabeth Taylor) shudder visibly. The two spar verbally (Simon: “You can be replaced, chicky baby.” George: “I don’t care.”), but in the end, George gets in the last word, taking down their phony model and teen symbol. (“She’s a drag, a well-known drag. We turn the sound down on her and say rude things.”) Though George Harrison eventually spent more time behind the camera and never took up acting like Ringo Starr did, this scene in “A Hard Day’s Night” displayed an undeniable talent. All the Beatles showed their acting chops in the film. It was one of the reasons the usually high-brow critics loved it.
- April 13, 1962: The Beatles return to Hamburg for an engagement at the Star Club that continues through April 30.
- April 13, 1963: Beatles tape their BBC-TV debut on “The 625 Show.” They sing “From Me To You” and “Thank You Girl,” and, at the end of the show, sing “Please Please Me” with the entire cast.
- April 13, 1965: The Beatles are awarded a gold disc for “The Beatles Second Album.”
- April 13, 1965: The Beatles win a Grammy for Best New Artist and Best Performance by a Vocal Group (for “A Hard Day’s Night”).
- April 13, 1965: Paul McCartney buys a house on Cavendish Avenue.
- April 13, 1965: The Beatles record the song “Help!”
- April 13, 1965: The Beatles film at Twickenham Studios and record an interview for “Pop Inn.
- April 13, 1966: “Love You To” is finished, and “Paperback Writer” is begun.
- April 13, 1967: Richard Lush debuts as a tape operator on “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”
- April 13, 1973: In the U.S., the Beatles’ Red and Blue albums are awarded Gold Records.
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