The Beatles in Derby Square Liverpool
Things were beginning to happen nationally for The Beatles as they engaged in a photo session around Liverpool during Tuesday 19th February 1963 for Honey Magazine.
“Love Me Do,” The Beatles first single (B-Side – “P.S. I Love You“), had been released in the United Kingdom on 5 October 1962, climbing to No. 17;
The follow up was “Please Please Me” (B-Side – “Ask Me Why”), released in the UK on 11th January 1963. Although it climbed to No. 1 on the New Musical Express and Melody Maker charts, it only made No. 2 on the Record Retailer chart (which eventually morphed into the UK Singles Chart).
Honey magazine was launched by Fleetway Publications in April 1960 and aimed at young women. It was a monthly magazine, founded by Audrey Slaughter, and available in the United Kingdom.
The Beatles were on a two week break from their first UK tour headlined by Helen Shapiro. They would soon be off again with a show on the following Saturday (23rd February) in Mansfield, a market town in Nottinghamshire, England
In the above photograph, John, George and Ringo are seen walking across a Zebra crossing in Derby Square. However, you can see Ringo, George, Paul and John all together on the Victoria monument in one of the Magazine’s feature shots.
They are being watched by just two fans – Things, of course, were about to change…