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March '63 to February '64 

Focuses on the group's first tours and television appearances in their native UK, and how it lead to "Beatlemania" and popularity abroad.




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Episode credited cast:
Himself (archive footage)
Neil Aspinall ...
Derek Taylor ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Themselves (archive footage)
Cathy ...
Herself - Beatles' fan, Liverpool (archive footage)
Cynthia Lennon ...
Herself (archive footage)


Focuses on the group's first tours and television appearances in their native UK, and how it lead to "Beatlemania" and popularity abroad.

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11 November 1995 (USA)  »

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Features Drop In: Episode dated 3 November 1963 (1963) See more »


Moonlight Bay
Music by Percy Wenrich (as Wenrich) and lyrics by Edward Madden (as Madden)
Performed by The Beatles with Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise
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The Spark Of "Beatlemania"
11 May 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The second episode of The Beatles Anthology covers the period March 1963 up to February 1964 - the point when the Beatles got a recording contract that prompted them to group tours together with other bands up to touring on their own to the whole of United Kingdom and appearances on television that sparked their enormous popularity in the nation and world-wide which led to the spark of "Beatlemania"

After the band gained prominence,they started touring all over their nation.Ringo was funny when he narrated that he was sharing a room with George and getting 45 pounds which was definitely worth a fortune.Also,Paul and the archived interviews of John provided some insights on their song writing among themselves and with other bands.The group also shared how they worked with another iconic band - The Rolling Stones - especially with the song entitled "I Wanna Be Your Man".After many of their songs become hits all over the country such as "From Me to You","There's a Place","It Won't Be Long","She Loves You" and "Love Me Do", the began appearing on television show and began performing on renowned and prestigious auditoriums such as Prince of Wales Theatre. Aside from that,they also began to work on their second album known as "With The Beatles", which added more to their popularity all over Europe like France with songs like "All My Loving","Please Mr. Postman","Roll Over Beethoven" and "I Want to Hold Your Hand",which reaches no.1 in the United States.After it reaches this position,the Beatles finally planned on touring the U.S.

The second episode of the documentary allows the viewer to get a closer look on how the spark of the "Beatlemania" began.We get to see that the band always stuck to their motto of having quality music and constant improvement as they reach one level to another.We also get to see how their songs improved and how the song writers particularly John and Paul tried to take risks in their music.Also,we saw how they constantly worked with other groups and how they sung popular rock and roll hits such as "Please Mr. Postman" and "Roll Over Beethoven" and gave a great rendition of it.In the end,the viewer gets to realize that providing great music has always been their objective since their formation as a band.Now,we can finally see in the next episode and fully understand the craze known as "Beatlemania" after getting a look at what sparked it.

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