Just popped back to post a quick note to let you all know that my biography of the Fab Four’s early days, “BEFORE THEY WERE BEATLES,” is now available as a Kindle edition for the low price of just $1.99
As some of you may have noticed, there hasn’t been any real activity on BLOG ME DO for several months now. It’s all the fault of the Starship Enterprise and a bunch of talking vehicles.
At the end of last year I landed a contract to write a book about the forty year history of Star Trek in comic books It turned out to be a much bigger project than we originally thought and gradually used up more and more of my available writing time. As I was working on it other writing opportunities also opened up and my schedule started to look a little crowded, as I also have a day job, and a family, things began to fall off my schedule.
My philosophy with any blog I write, and this one in particular, was that I always wanted to put the best time and effort into researching each post. If I didn’t have time to do it properly, then I would rather not post at all.
A few weeks ago we finished the Star Trek book and it was packed off to the printers. In the following few days I took a step back and looked at my commitments for the next few months. I had a lot of them, including a couple more book projects that will run well into 2010.
It was with a sense of sadness I came to the realization that it was time to move on from BLOG ME DO. I’ve had a fun three years here, and I hope that you have enjoyed the content I’ve provided. Thanks to this blog I’ve meet many other Beatles fans, attended a couple of Beatles conventions, and even reconnected with a couple of old friends.
But while I’m leaving BLOG ME DO, I’m not entirely leaving the world of the Beatles behind, as I have a couple of Beatles related book projects I am shopping around to a selection of publishers.
The talking vehicles I mentioned earlier? Well one of the writing commitments is that I am now the regular writer on the Disney*Pixar “The World of CARS” comic book series, published by BOOM! Studios.
Thanks again for reading, – I hope I passed the audition.
Alan J. Porter
Wednesday, 5 February, 1964
The Beatles fly back to London from Le Bourget airport in Paris.
Tuesday, 4 February, 1964
The Beatles complete their marathon engagement at the Olympia Theatre with their last two performances in Paris.
Monday, 3 February, 1964
The Beatles spend part of the day at the US Embassy in Paris to their visas and permits to visit and work in the United States.
In the US, The Beatles and Tony Sheridan album “The Beatles With Tony Sheridan and Their Guests” (MGM 4215) is released in the U.S. Tracks: “Why,” “Cry For a Shadow,” “My Bonnie,” “The Saints,” and other non-Beatles material and will spend 14 weeks on Billboard chart.
Back in Paris The Beatles perform two more shows at the Olympia Theatre.
Sunday, 2 February, 1964
The Beatles play two more gigs at the Olympia Theatre in Paris.
Saturday, 1 February, 1964
The Beatles start what would be a significant month with two more gigs at the Olympia Theatre in Paris.
Friday, 31 January, 1964
The Beatles give another two performances at the Olympia Theatre as their time in Paris enters its last week.
Thursday, 30 January, 1964
While The Beatles play another two performances at the Olympia Theatre in Paris, the single of “Please Please Me/From Me to You” (VeeJay 581) is released in the U.S.
Wednesday, 29 January, 1964
During the late morning and early afternoon The Beatles were at the Pathe Marconi Studios in Paris to record German versions of She Loves You (Sie Liebt Dich) and I Want To Hold Your Hand (Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand) at the insistence of EMI’s West German branch. As the German session went quicker than scheduled, the group also laid down the initial tracks for Can’t Buy Me Love. This would be the only EMI session that The Beatles recorded outside of England.
With the recording session completed The Beatles returned to the Olympia Theatre for two more evening shows.