By the 1963 Christmas season, The Beatles were already the biggest musical stars in the history of British entertainment. So the boys were asked to star in "The Beatles Christmas Shows" at the Astoria Cinema in Finsbury Park, London. The Christmas shows had been arranged by the Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein, and included several of his other acts—Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, Tommy Quickly, and Cilla Black. These shows were, quite possibly, the oddest performances of the Beatles' career.
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