Dusty Springfield introduces the Beatles

Singer Dusty Springfield interviewed the Beatles on their first-ever appearance on the British television program ‘Ready Steady Go!’ on October 4th 1963. As part of this appearance, the Beatles also performed ‘Twist And Shout’, ‘I’ll Get You’ and ‘She Loves You’.

Ready Steady Go! was one of the first teenage-pop television shows in Britain. At the time of this particular appearance, the program was still in its first season. Early episodes of the program featured Springfield as the interviewer and presenter. Ready Steady Go! was on the air for just four seasons from 1963-1966 and featured the biggest names of the day, also including the Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, The Who, and Van Morrison to name but a few.

Dusty Springfield had a respectable career of her own that was just getting off the ground in late 1963. Springfield’s recording of the song ‘I Only Want To Be With You’ went gold in Britain. Her string of pop hits continued into the mid-sixties, hitting the charts in the UK as well as the United States and beyond.

As a bit of trivia, Michael Lindsay-Hogg who directed the Beatles final movie ‘Let It Be’ was also one of the directors for the Ready Steady Go! program.

Ready Steady Go! was produced by Rediffusion Television for ITV.

– Jay Spangler, http://www.beatlesinterviews.org


In the early 1950s, Albert Bonici began promoting dances though it had been an ambition since his teenage years. When he and Henry Robertson co-organized a string of jazz dances in the north Scotland, they could not have predicted the enormous success of the venture. Albert Bonici became one of the most respected promoters in the UK having arranged a high volumn of music venues throughout the north of Scotland which delighted music lovers during the height of the jazz and beat music era. Whilst known for booking the Beatles at the beginning of their 1963 tours, Albert Bonici brought most of the top British acts to north-east Scotland besides working with Scottish musicians to boost their careers. SCOTBEAT was created to share a bit of history about the BEAT years in Scotland and also a tribute to a man with a vision who, with the help of his family and staff, created a happening that is still fondly remembered by those who attended dances and concerts. Albert A Bonici hosted many up and coming bands who went on to gain international acclaim for their contributions. Besides other local resources and interviews, SCOTBEAT presents exclusive photos, adverts, and documents from the A Bonici Archives [circa 1960s]. Unless otherwise agreed, materials are not to be used for financial gain and ask that you respect the terms below. Materials presented are not to be used for financial gain without consent. © 2014-2019 SCOTBEAT.wordpress.com. All rights reserved. No part of this web site may be copied, redistributed, broadcast or published in any form without crediting this blog and/or copyright websites mentioned. All correspondence, flyers, programs, and photos from the Bonici Archives are not to appear in print other than through the propietor of SCOTBEAT. Use of the site signifies your agreement to all of these terms without condition. Please reference https://scotbeat.wordpress.com when sharing materials found here as the site is continuously updated to present the subject matter accurately and as a historical resource. Thank you.

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