The Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Roy Orbison - 1963

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Comment by BeatleBob on December 28, 2012 at 12:08pm

LMAO!!! They do look high!! Except for Paul and John doing a duck face. ;-)

Comment by BeatleLuvr13 on December 27, 2012 at 2:35am

LOL! They do especially George!!! Maybe they were on prellies?

Comment by Annalina Lennon McCartney on December 27, 2012 at 2:06am

Everyone else looks high.

Comment by BeatleLuvr13 on December 27, 2012 at 2:04am

LOL!!! Paul just looks sooooo innocent in this picture!!! 

Comment by Annalina Lennon McCartney on December 27, 2012 at 1:44am

John's doing a kind of a duck face.

Comment by BeatleBob on December 14, 2012 at 11:17am

Cool Photo of the Beatles with Gerry & the Pacemakers and Roy Orbison from 1963! :-)


The Beatles' third UK tour began Saturday 18 May 1963 at the Adelphi Cinema in Slough, Buckinghamshire. Also on the tour were Roy Orbison, Gerry and the Pacemakers, David Macbeth, Louise Cordet, Tony Marsh, Terry Young Six, Erkey Grant and Ian Crawford.

   " We were selling records but we were still second on the bill, and one of our first big tours was second on the bill to Roy Orbison. It was pretty hard to keep up with that man. He really put on a show; well, they all did, but Orbison had that fantastic voice.

John Lennon, 1975
Anthology

Although Orbison was at the top of the bill, he was soon demoted to second place due to the audience reaction to The Beatles.

    We soon took over as top of the bill. We had to come on after Roy. They had a trick in those theatres where they would close some of the curtains on the stage so we could set up behind them while the other bloke was still out there doing his tunes. I can't remember where his backing group was, but Roy would be out there every night and at the end he'd be singing, 'She's walking back to me, do do do do da do do-do...' And the audience would go wild. We'd be waiting there and he'd do another big encore and we'd be thinking, 'How are we going to follow this?' It was really serious stuff."

George Harrison
Anthology

Orbison had a great influence on contemporary artists as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. The Beatles were fans of Roy, and as early as the very first radio program they participated in, Teenagers Turn, recorded on March 8 1962 with Pete Best on drums, the group performed the song "Dream Baby" with Paul on vocals. The song was a brand new single with Roy, released only a month before The Beatles did their version of it. In 1960 the song "Down The Line" (Orbison-Price) was part of The Beatles repertoire. John Lennon mentioned Orbison as the source of inspiration for both "Please Please Me" and "(Just Like) Starting Over", and Roy was his all-time favorite singer.
During the UK tour of 1963, Orbison encouraged The Beatles to come to the States. When they later were on their first U.S. tour in the summer of 1964 they tried to get Orbison as a support act again, but he had other engagements.
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