The Beatles

The Beatles • Ready Steady Go! • March 20, 1964 • No. 2


Studio Nine, Television House, Associated-Rediffusion Studios, Kingsway, London

ITV's Ready Steady Go! - broadcast live, 6:05-7:00p


The Story

The Beatles begin their run through of ‘It Won’t Be Long’ during camera rehearsals. Ready Steady Go! presenter, Keith Fordyce (far right), is obscured by Camera 4. This shot provides a clear example of Studio Nine’s cramped conditions while the fisheye lens lends an analogous commentary to the state of The Beatles’ newfound reality as curious specimens surrounded by the constant, unblinking eyes of cameras.

Also appearing on this week's Ready Steady Go!: The Animals (making their television debut), Dusty Springfield, Bobby Vee, Millicent Martin, and Alma Cogan (appearing with John Lennon during his guest DJ segment)

Photograph by Richard Rosser

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