KLUE radio in Texas organises a public Beatles bonfire

The controversy over John Lennon's "more popular than Jesus" comments had been growing since late July. A public bonfire was on this day organised by the radio station KLUE in Longview, Texas.

We are inviting local teenagers to bring in their records and other symbols of the group's popularity to be burned at a public bonfire on Friday night, August 13.
Station manager, KLUE

During the ritual, the Grand Dragon of the South Carolina Ku Klux Klan burnt a Beatles record on a large wooden cross.

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2 responses on “KLUE radio in Texas organises a public Beatles bonfire

  1. Richard

    But the day after radio station KLUE held one of the first “Beatles Bonfires” in protest of John’s “popular than Jesus” statement, the station got stuck by lightening, knocking the director unconscious, causing him to have to be hospitalized, rendering the station without power to broadcast.
    Do you think God was trying to tell them something?

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