March 1962: The Trad Jazz boom

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Pic: Jazz Archive, Louisiana State University

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With The Beatles

On 7 March 1962 The Beatles recorded their radio debut at the Playhouse Theatre, Hulme, Manchester for the show Teenager’s Turn – Here We Go, which was broadcast on the BBC Light Programme the following day between 5 and 5.30pm. The band rehearsed their set from 3.45 pm. In the evening, wearing suits for the very first time, The Beatles performed three cover versions: ‘Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream?)’, ‘Memphis, Tennessee’, and ‘Please Mister Postman’. Together with the other three acts also appearing on the programme, the recording took place between 8 and 8.45 pm.

In addition to this, they also played 37 lunchtime and evening gigs during the month, mainly in the Merseyside area. On the last day of the month, they performed at their first venue in the south of England booked under the auspices of Brian Epstein, the Subscription Rooms in Stroud, Gloucestershire,. They shared the bill with the Rebel Rousers.

Source: beatlesbible.com

The month’s UK Top Tens

1 March 1962

1. Can’t Help Falling In Love/Rock-a-Hula Baby: Elvis Presley
2. The Young Ones: Cliff Richard
3. Let’s Twist Again: Chubby Checker
4. Forget Me Not: Eden Kane
5. Wimoweh: Karl Denver
6. Cryin’ in The Rain: The Everly Brothers
7. Walk On By: Leroy Van Dyke
8. March Of The Siamese Children: Kenny Ball And His Jazzmen
9. Little Bitty Tear: Burl Ives
10. I’d Never Find Another You: Billy Fury

8 March 1962

1. Can’t Help Falling In Love/Rock-a-Hula Baby: Elvis Presley
2. The Young Ones: Cliff Richard
3. Let’s Twist Again: Chubby Checker
4. Wimoweh: Karl Denver
5. Tell Me What He Said: Helen Shapiro
6. March Of The Siamese Children: Kenny Ball And His Jazzmen
7. Forget Me Not: Eden Kane
8. Walk On By: Leroy Van Dyke
9. Wonderful Land: The Shadows
10. Cryin’ in The Rain: The Everly Brothers

15 March 1962

1. Can’t Help Falling In Love/Rock-a-Hula Baby: Elvis Presley
2. Wonderful Land: The Shadows
3. Tell Me What He Said: Helen Shapiro
4. The Young Ones: Cliff Richard
5. Wimoweh: Karl Denver
6. March Of The Siamese Children: Kenny Ball And His Jazzmen
7. Let’s Twist Again: Chubby Checker
8. Stranger On The Shore: Mr Acker Bilk
9. Walk On By: Leroy Van Dyke
10. Forget Me Not: Eden Kane

22 March 1962

1. Wonderful Land: The Shadows
2. Tell Me What He Said: Helen Shapiro
3. Can’t Help Falling In Love/Rock-a-Hula Baby: Elvis Presley
4. March Of The Siamese Children: Kenny Ball And His Jazzmen
5. Let’s Twist Again: Chubby Checker
6. Wimoweh: Karl Denver
7. The Young Ones: Cliff Richard
8. Stranger On The Shore: Mr Acker Bilk
9. Dream Baby: Roy Orbison
10. The Wanderer: Dion

29 March 1962

1. Wonderful Land: The Shadows
2. Tell Me What He Said: Helen Shapiro
3. Can’t Help Falling In Love/Rock-a-Hula Baby: Elvis Presley
4. Dream Baby: Roy Orbison
5. Let’s Twist Again: Chubby Checker
6. Wimoweh: Karl Denver
7. Stranger On The Shore: Mr Acker Bilk
8. March Of The Siamese Children: Kenny Ball And His Jazzmen
9. Hole In The Ground: Bernard Cribbins
10. Softly As I Leave You: Matt Monro

Source: officialcharts.com

Films released this month

Flower Drum Song

Source: filmdates.co.uk

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