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The Beatles week ahead: 50 years ago, the Fab Four take on Shakespeare

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Your Beatles calendar for the week:

  • Paul McCartney Out There! Tour: The tour is on a break until May 17. (Tickets for U.S. shows available here and here.)

Regular events:

  • Ringo “Peace & Love” exhibit: Continues at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles ends April 27.
  • “Ladies and Gentlemen: The Beatles” exhibit at the New York Public Library, through May 10.


Beatles tours:


Future events:


Beatles history:

  • May 6, 1964: Beatles film “Around the Beatles” TV special, which includes a Shakespeare parody and and performances of songs, including “Shout!”

Beatles chart news:

  • On Billboard charts:

50 years ago this week on the British charts:

  • Singles: On the chart of 4-25-64, “A World Without Love” by Peter & Gordon moves from #2 to #1. The Beatles' “Can't Buy Me Love” drops from #1 to #2. “I Want to Hold Your Hand” returns to the chart at #40.

  • Albums: “With the Beatles” still #1. “Please Please Me” drops from #3 to #4.

50 years ago on the American charts:

  • Singles from 5-2-64: “Can't Buy Me Love” stays at #1. “Do You Want to Know a Secret” holds at #3. “Twist and Shout” drops to #7. “Love Me Do” moves from # #67 to #32. “She Loves You” drops from #19 to #36. “Thank You Girl” goes from #37 to #40. “All My Loving” moves from #45 to #50. Bubbling Under the Hot 100: “World Without Love” by Peter and Gordon at #105.
  • LPs: “The Beatles Second Album” jumps from #16 to #1. “Meet the Beatles!” and “Introducing the Beatles” drop one spot to #2 and #3. “The Beatles” (on MGM) drops from #68 to #83. “Jolly What! The Beatles and Frank Ifield” drops from #105 to #113.

Last week's best Beatles stories:

On radio:

  • “Things We Said Today”: Each week, myself and Ken Michaels of “Every Little Thing” discuss the latest Beatles news topics. On the latest show on this weekend and on iTunes and, we discuss the Dave Clark Five (with audio clips of our interview with Dave Clark with musician Michael Lynch. “Things We Said Today” is available on iTunes (where you can subscribe to us) and, and can be heard at noon ET/9 a.m. PT Saturday and noon ET/9 p.m. PT and midnight ET/9 p.m. PT Sundays on You can write to us at
  • “Every Little Thing”: Wednesday: A set of Beatles/solo music for Mother's Day, plus a chance to win Robert Rodriguez' latest Beatles book "Solo In The 70's." The show airs Wednesdays on 88.7 WNHU, West Haven, CT and can be streamed at More info at
  • “Fab 4 Free 4 All”: Latest show: Interview with author Al Sussman. Available on iTunes and at
  • “Beatle Brunch”: This week: The Star Club, Hollywood Bowl and “Let It Be” albums. Website:
  • “The John Lennon Hour”: 8 p.m. ET Sunday at Beatles-A-Rama. Available through iTunes. Website:
  • "Magical Mystery Tour": Two-hour weekly show hosted by James D. Jones with Beatles and solo music. Saturdays at 3 p.m. CST on WKCC-FM (91.1), Kankakee Community College, Kanakee, Ill. Website: or
  • “Recipe Records”: Weekly podcast by Lanea Stagg that features food and music discussion, and often Beatles discussion. Episodes have featured Jim Berkenstadt, author of “The Beatle Who Vanished”; David Bedford, author of “Liddypool: Birthplace of the Beatles”; Al Sussman of Beatlefan; Beatles Examiner Steve Marinucci (aka me); John Lennon Series author Jude Southerland Kessler, and Pat Matthews of Beatles-a-Rama. All shows are here:
  • “Dennis Mitchell's Breakfast With the Beatles”: Show website.
  • “Chris Carter's 'British Invasion': Three-hour weekly show on Sirius/XM Ch. 21 at 9 a.m. and midnight ET Sunday. Feb. 9 show includes appearance by John Lennon impersonator Tim Piper.
  • “Chris Carter's Breakfast With the Beatles”: On KLOS-FM (95.5) 9 a.m. PT Sunday. Website.
  • “The Beatledd Fab Four Hour”: The show, hosted by Edd Raineri, airs live each Friday, 7-8 PM EDT, on WRKC-FM in Wilkes-Barre, PA. You can listen live online at: The program’s Facebook page can be found at: .
  • “I've Got a Beatles Podcast”: “John Lennon's 'Walls and Bridges.'” Information:
  • Breakfast With The Beatles hosted by Cha-Chi Loprete: 8 a.m. ET Sundays, WZLX-FM (100.7 FM) in Boston or streaming at (Click on Listen Live).
  • “Saturday With the Beatles,” KCSN, 88.5 FM Northridge, CA at 10 am Pacific, 12 noon Eastern, and 6 p.m. London time.
  • “Breakfast With the Beatles": 8 to 10 a.m. CT Sundays, WXRT in Chicago. Also streamed at
  • “Now and Then": An hour of the Beatles at 8 p.m. ET Monday. The station's frequency is 88.9 FM and is located in the Philadelphia, PA/Southern NJ market. Available online at
  • “Here There and Everywhere”: 6 to 9 a.m. PT Thursdays, KZSC-FM. Hosted by Michael Bryant. You can listen here.
  • “On the Beat”: Excellent show hosted by Beatles author Spencer Leigh on BBC Radio Merseyside. Not primarily a Beatles show, but a lot of the discussion focuses on the Liverpool music scene in the '60s, often with those who were there. Airs Saturdays at 17:30 (5:30 p.m.) in the UK and archived online for a week after at
  • "Sounds of the Sixties": Brian Matthews, who interviewed the Beatles on the BBC in the '60s, hosts this weekly show featuring music by the Beatles and others from that decade. Programs air Saturdays and stay online for a week at
  • "Beatlesongs": Hosted by Rob Leonard airs 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. ET Friday on 90.3 FM WHPC and streaming at
  • “Breakfast With the Beatles With Andre Gardner”: The show airs from 7 to 9 a.m. ET Sundays on WMGK-FM 102.9 and 7-9 a.m. PT on KSLX-FM 100.7 in Phoenix.
  • “The Beatles Complete on Ukelele”: Weekly show featuring new version of Beatle song played on ukelele. Information:
  • “Just Four Guys”: New shows available at 4 p.m. ET Tuesdays at
  • “Beatles Brunch” with Geoff Lloyd: Weekly Beatles show on Absolute Radio in the UK . Airs at 2200 GMT (6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT).
  • "Dinner Specials With May Pang and Cynthia Nielsen": More info:
  • “Mid-Evening With the Beatles,” from the Philippines, 5 to 9 a.m. Saturday morning Eastern time, at their website
  • “Across the Universe,” hosted by Glenn Calderone from 8-10 p.m. EST Tuesdays on
  • “Beatles and Beyond”: Hosted by Pete Dicks. Available at .

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