I took these pictures on October, 1964 when the Beatles came into the Manchester studios of Granada Television to perform their new record “I Should Have Known Better”. I had got to know the Beatles a few months earlier in August 1962 when, as a very raw young TV director, I made the first ever film of the Fab Four at the Cavern Club in Liverpool – shortly before they made their first record. I had followed them around in the fall of 1962 as they played local clubs and ballrooms, but by the time they came to our studios for “I Should Have Known Better” – and I took these pictures – there were ten thousand kids outside trying to break down the doors.
I only rediscovered the negatives recently, so the prints have never been seen before. The 8 Silver Gelatin Prints, each 14in x 11 ins, are signed and dated “Manchester 1964”. The prints have been made by Peter Guest at Image Black and White Gallery, London. Peter prints for the Linda McCartney archive.
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