This blog is for English actress, cakemaker and writer Jane Asher, with many pictures and accurate information of one of the most beautiful rock muses from the 20th century.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Swinging Sound 63, 1963.

Thursday April 18, 1963 - Swinging Sound 63

The Beatles topped the bill at the Royal Albert Hall, London, for a concert broadcast live by the BBC.

The event, titled Swinging Sound 63, also featured Del Shannon, the Springfields, Rolf Harris, Kenny Lynch and George Melly, among others. It took place in two parts separated by an interval, with The Beatles taking the stage twice - at 8.40pm and again at 10pm, introduced both times by George Melly.

The Beatles performed just two songs in their first set: Please Please Me and Misery. Neither were taped or broadcast by the BBC. For the second set, which was transmitted live, they played Twist And Shout and From Me To You.

The show’s finale featured The Beatles, along with all the other acts, in an instrumental version of Mack The Knife.

Following the event, Paul McCartney for the first time met Jane Asher, who would become his girlfriend and later his fiancée. The actress had earlier that day posed for a Radio Times photoshoot, in which she was snapped screaming for the group, by photographer Tony Asper. The article appeared in the 2 May 1963 edition of the Radio Times with Jane commenting, "Now these I could scream for." 

Jane had approached The Beatles while they were having a snack in the Royal Court Hotel in Sloane Square, where they were staying. She mentioned to them that she had been asked to write about them in the Radio Times. They were aware of her as she'd been a guest panelist on the TV show 'Juke Box Jury' and they were all charmed by her. 

Brian Epstein returned to his own hotel and Ringo Starr stayed behind to have an early night. Singer Shane Fenton, who'd also been on the concert bill that day drove John Lennon, Paul, George Harrison and Jane to journalist Chris Hutchins' flat, situated on the top floor of Kings House on the Kings Road. 

Initially, it was George who seemed to engage most of her attention. During the course of the next few hours Paul began to show his interest in Jane and the others left him to talk to her alone. Later he escorted her home and arranged to meet her again. Recalling the meeting, Paul commented, "We all said 'Will you marry me?' which is what we said to every girl at the time. She was a rare London bird, the sort we'd always heard about." 

Photos 1 & 4) Lady Jane group at Yahoo.

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