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The Beatles

The Beatles by Fiona Adams, 1963
Private Collection
© Fiona Adams

NME 1963

Front cover of New Musical Express, 22 February 1963
New Musical Express Ltd./IPC Private Collection
© IPC+ Syndication


This was the year that The Beatles and the Mersey Sound conquered Britain. Many commentators point to Fiona Adams's leaping image of The Beatles as being the one that defined their early look. Adams's image became widely known for its subsequent use on the EP cover for Twist and Shout in July 1963, although it was never credited to her. Another key moment was reflected in Michael Ward's shoot when he was sent by Honey magazine to Liverpool to photograph a day in the life of The Beatles.

The first three singles by Gerry and The Pacemakers all reached No.1 in 1963. Again for Boyfriend, Adams took an action shot of the Liverpool group, one of a number signed to Brian Epstein. The impresario chose Lewis Morley to photograph him with The Fourmost outside the London Palladium.

Cliff Richard and The Shadows had started the year with their hit film and accompanying title track Summer Holiday. Cliff moved to a smart new home in Nazeing, Essex, with his family, the location for a choreographed composition by John Pratt.