At the beginning of 1963 the Beatles had one single on the market and one ready to be released and they were going on their first London TV-show. But still they were unknown and had a hard time getting publicity.
In Febuary 1963 the Beatles went on their first tour as a real band. But they were only one small band among many. However this was when the promoter Arthur Howes found them and he was the promoter of all their British tours except one. When they started the tour no one thought that their new single would sell very well, they were only brought along so that the show would be long enough. It took six months until they suddenly got their break-through.
After their success with "Please Please Me" the Beatles made their first record, with the same title, but with some additional tracks. It stayed on the list for six months. In April they came with their third single, "From Me To You". It reached first place and was rewarded a silver disc.
They went on a new tour in Britain in May together with Roy Orbison. They tried to be at home in Liverpool as often as they could, but John says they felt a little nervous and uncomfortable being there. I think it was because they had the feeling of being the town heroes.
And finally, during their third tour they were the stars of the show for the first time.
Even though Brian had made them clean up themselves a bit they were still, as always, messy
and did what ever they wanted on stage. Their road manager got a harder job as they grew
famous, hysterical fans started to take peices of their equipment. They had to hire Malcolm
Evans, who had worked at the Cavern Club trying to keep order. He went on all their tours.
The worst part of the touring according to Mal was the time before a show. Journalists and
policemen were all over them, and outside were lots of fans trying to get in. There were
cripples that thought they´d be healed just by meeting the Beatles. This was a side to fame
that the media never showed.