August 1964

Day off in Cape May, New Jersey

Following their concert the previous night at the Convention Hall in Atlantic City, The Beatles relaxed at the Marquis de Lafayette Hotel, Cape May, New Jersey.

Live: Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver

Having not failed to sell out any of the dates thus far on their US tour, The Beatles only managed to sell 7,000 tickets for their only concert at the spectacular Red Rocks Amphitheatre near Denver, Colorado, leaving 2,000 tickets unsold.

Day off in Bel Air, Los Angeles

Without a concert scheduled for this day, The Beatles rested at their rented house at 356 St Pierre Road, Bel Air, Los Angeles.

US single release: Matchbox

Ringo Starr gained his first lead vocal on a Beatles single, with the US release of their version of Carl Perkins’ Matchbox.

Live: Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles

The Beatles’ concert at the Hollywood Bowl was recorded by George Martin and engineers from Capitol Records, who hoped to release it as a live album.

Interview: John Lennon and Ringo Starr in Los Angeles

On 23 August 1964, John Lennon and Ringo Starr were interviewed while in Los Angeles. The occasion was The Beatles’ first concert at the Hollywood Bowl. The interviewer is unknown, but also present for the conversation was Beatles publicist Derek Taylor.

Live: Coliseum, Seattle

The Beatles performed their usual 29-minute set in front of 14,720 fans at the Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle, Washington.

Live: Cow Palace, San Francisco

Although they had performed shows in New York, Washington DC and Miami in February 1964, this was The Beatles’ first proper tour of America.

Travel: London to San Francisco

On this day The Beatles flew from London Airport to San Francisco International, to begin their 25-date first American Tour.

Live: Opera House, Blackpool

This was The Beatles’ second appearance at Blackpool’s Opera House within a month. They had previously performed at the venue on 26 July 1964. Also on the bill on this night were The High Numbers, who were shortly to rename themselves The Who, and The Kinks.

Radio: The Teen Scene

On this evening Brian Epstein held a party at his home at Flat 15, Whaddon House, William Mews, London. Each of The Beatles attended, as did Judy Garland, Cilla Black, Lionel Bart and members of The Rolling Stones.