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Candid black and white photographs show The Beatles dancing with their mothers in 1964


I wanna hold your hand, Mum! Incredible photos show The Beatles sweeping the dancefloor with their mothers while Sir Paul McCartney boogies with his aunt after A Hard Day’s Night premiere in 1964

  • The Beatles were snapped dancing with mothers at Dorchester Hotel in 1964 
  • Partied with loved-ones after premiere of first feature film, A Hard Day’s Night 
  • Ringo boogied with mother Elsie Starkey while John danced with George’s mum 
  • Paul took to the dancefloor with his aunt Joan following his mother’s death  

They may have been the heartthrobs to girls all over the world, but candid photographs have revealed the night The Beatles danced with the most important women in their lives. 

The snaps were taken as Ringo Starr, John Lennon, George Harrison and Paul McCartney partied with their loved-ones after the charity premiere of their first feature film, A Hard Day’s Night at the London Pavilion, in 1964.

In the images, the group can be seen sweeping onto the dance floor during a supper party at the the Dorchester Hotel and holding their loved-ones close as they boogied.

While Ringo looked dapper with his mother Elsie Starkey,  John had a twirl with George’s mother Louise, and Paul danced alongside his aunt Joan.

Candid black and white photographs show The Beatles dancing with female family members after the London premiere for their feature film A Hard Day’s Night (pictured, Paul McCartney with his aunt Joan)

The Beatles spent the evening attending the premiere for their first film in London on 6 July 1964—the eve of Ringo Starr’s 24th birthday. 

The group were joined by their wives and girlfriends at the time, with guests including the Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret.

As 12,000 fans descended into Piccadilly Circus, the area was closed to traffic, with Paul later recalling: ‘I remember Piccadilly being completely filled.

‘We thought we could just show up in our limo, but it couldn’t get through.’

John Lennon took to the dance floor of the Dorchester Hotel with bandmate George Harrison's mother Louise

John Lennon took to the dance floor of the Dorchester Hotel with bandmate George Harrison’s mother Louise 

He also revealed it ‘wasn’t frightening’, calling it ‘a friendly crowd.’

Tickets for the event cost £16, equivalent to £330 today.  

A Hard Day’s Night set records at the London Pavilion by grossing over £20,000 in the first week, ultimately becoming so popular that more than 1,600 prints were in circulation simultaneously.

Later, the group were whisked away to the Dorchester where they celebrated their success with their closest loved ones. 

Meanwhile Ringo Starr looked dapper in a black tuxedo while dancing with his mother Elsie Starkey

Meanwhile Ringo Starr looked dapper in a black tuxedo while dancing with his mother Elsie Starkey

While Ringo and George were joined by their mothers, Paul and John had both lost their parents as teenages.  

Sir Paul, now 70, was just 14 when his mother Mary was diagnosed with cancer and died of an embellism in 1956 after an operation.

Meanwhile a 17-year-old John lost his own mother Julia at the age of 44 when she was killed by a car driven by an off-duty policeman.    

It was Julia who paid for John’s first guitar, Julia who taught him the chords, Julia who invited him to practise at her place.

In the images, the group can be seen sweeping onto the dance floor during a supper party at the the Dorchester Hotel and holding their loved-ones close as they boogied

In the images, the group can be seen sweeping onto the dance floor during a supper party at the the Dorchester Hotel and holding their loved-ones close as they boogied

‘I lost my mother twice,’ John said later. ‘Once, as a five-year-old when I was moved in with my auntie. And again, when she actually, physically died… and that was really a hard time for me. 

‘It just absolutely made me very, very bitter, my mother being killed, just when I was re-establishing a relationship with her.’ He raged against the loss. 

It comes days after it was revealed John Lennon’s hit single Mother has been re-released with a digitally remastered video on what would have been his mum Julia’s 107th birthday.

The John Lennon Estate revealed on Friday that they had released an updated video for the song, which has been remastered in 4K as an ‘Ultimate Mix’ for the special edition album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band-The Ultimate Collection.

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