Live: Royal Command Performance

On November 4th 1963, The Beatles performed at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London in front of the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret. There were 19 acts on the bill and The Beatles appeared seventh on the list; but Beatlemania was in full swing and they were by far the most anticipated group to perform.

They played four songs and just before their last number Twist And Shout, John Lennon, the wit and the humorist uttered these memorable words to the audience.

 John Lennon at the Beatles' Royal Command Performance, November 4th 1963.

John Lennon at the Beatles' Royal Command Performance, November 4th 1963.

"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'd just rattle your jewellery. We'd like to sing a song called Twist And Shout." - John Lennon

Set list

  1. From Me To You
  2. She Loves You
  3. Till There Was You
  4. Twist And Shout
 The Beatles' Royal Command Performance, November 4th 1963. 

The Beatles' Royal Command Performance, November 4th 1963. 

 The Beatles' Royal Command Performance, November 4th 1963.

The Beatles' Royal Command Performance, November 4th 1963.

"Marlene Dietrich was also on. I met her and I remember staring at her legs - which were great - as she slouched against a chair. I'm a leg-man: Look at those pins..." - Ringo Starr

 The Beatles' Royal Command Performance, November 4th 1963.

The Beatles' Royal Command Performance, November 4th 1963.

 The Beatles' Royal Command Performance, November 4th 1963.

The Beatles' Royal Command Performance, November 4th 1963.

 The Beatles' Royal Command Performance, November 4th 1963.

The Beatles' Royal Command Performance, November 4th 1963.

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