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Your Beatles calendar for the week:

Special 50th anniversary events this week:

  • Exhibit: “50 Years of Beatlemania”: Rock Paper Photo is featuring pictures by Henry Grossman, Astrid Kirchherr and Tom Murray.

(For more information on the Beatles 50th anniversary, see the story list of our complete story coverage.)

Regular events:


Beatles tours:


  • The Beatles LOVE, Cirque du Soleil, Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas. Performances: Thursdays through Mondays at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. No performances on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Tickets:
  • 1964: The Tribute: March 7: St. Petersburg, Fla. March 15: Burnsville, MN. Info:
  • The Fab Four: March 3: Aspen, Colo. March 8: New Albandy, OH. More info:
  • Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles: March 4: Akron, OH. March 5: Scranton, PA. March 6: Erie, PA. March 7: Rochester, N.Y. March 8: Detroit, MI. Info:
  • Laurence Juber: March 7: Dana Point, CA. March 8, Mission Viejo, CA. March 29: Denver, COLO. April 3: San Jose, CA. April 4: Felton, CA. April 5: Palo Alto, CA. April 6: Redwood City, CA. More info:
  • The Fab Faux: March 8: Queens, N.Y. March 15: Montclair, N.J. April 5: Ann Arbor, MI. More info:
  • Bootleg Beatles: March-April: U.K. shows.
  • Creme Tangerine: March 8: Seattle, Wash. .
  • Beatles Brunch, 12 p.m. Saturday, B.B. King's, New York City.
  • “Made In Liverpool Sunday Show,” Beatles tribute, 14:30 London time, The Cavern Club, Liverpool. Information:
  • “The Two of Us Monday Show,” weekly tribute to Lennon & McCartney, 18:00 Mondays, the Cavern Club, Liverpool. Information:
  • “Saturday With the Beatles,” weekly Beatles tribute show with the Cavern Club Beatles, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, The Cavern Club, Liverpool. Information: Information:
  • Beatleshow, 5:30 p.m. nightly, Saxe Theater, Las Vegas.

Future events:


Beatles history:

  • March 2, 1964: Filming begins on the Beatles' first movie, “A Hard Day's Night.”
  • March 4, 1966: John Lennon's famous comment, “Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue about that. I'm right and I will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus now” is published in the London Evening Standard. It causes strong reactions, especially in the U.S.
  • March 5, 1963: The Beatles are photographed for the “Please Please Me” album cover.

Beatles chart news:

50 years ago this week on the British charts:

  • Singles: The Beatles' “I Want to Hold Your Hand” drops to #17 from #15 for week of 2-29-64. “She Loves You” drops from #23 to #28. “I'm in Love” by the Fourmost drops from #20 to #23. “Rolling Stones' “I Wanna Be Your Man” drops from #31 to #36.

  • Albums: “With the Beatles” and “Please Please Me” stay at #1 and #2. “Listen to Billy J. Kramer” at #19.

American charts:

  • Singles: “I Want To Hold Your Hand” and “She Loves You” hold at #1 and #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Please Please Me” jumps from #29 to #6. “I Saw Her Standing There” jumps from #35 to #28. “My Bonnie” jumps from #54 to #42. “My Boyfriend Got a Beatle Haircut” by Donna Lynn moves up two spaces to #95. “The Boy With the Beatle Hair” by the Swans debuts at #99. Bubbling Under the Hot 100: “Needles and Pins” by the Searchers (#117) and “Hippy Hippy Shake” by the Swinging Blue Jeans (#132).
  • LPs: “Meet the Beatles!” and “Introducing the Beatles” #1 and #2.

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 chart success of the Beatles and the chart struggles of Paul McCartney's “NEW.” “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 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT Sundays on You can write to us at
  • “Every Little Thing”: The next broadcast of ELT airs 8-10pm (est) on WNHU, West Haven, CT, which can be streamed at . A contest to win Mark Rivera's new CD begins Tuesday. Info:
  • .“Fab 4 Free 4 All”: Latest show: “With Beatles Animator Ron Campbell”. Available on iTunes and at
  • “Beatle Brunch”: March 1: Beatles in the studio. Website:
  • “The John Lennon Hour”: March 2: “John Lennon in Words and Music.” Weekly hour of John Lennon music and history hosted by Jude Southerland Kessler. 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”: March 2: Alan Parsons and a lost Lennon interview. Show website.
  • “Chris Carter's 'British Invasion': March 9: Ian McLagan of the Faces. 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”: March 7: Author James Mitchell, “The Walrus & The Elephants: John Lennon’s Years of Revolution.” 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”: “50th Anniversary Wrap Up.” 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
  • “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
  • "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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