Following the final recording session for the With The Beatles LP, the group flew from London Airport to Arlanda International Airport, about 40 kilometres north of Stockholm, for their first tour in Scandinavia.
A group of 10-15 female fans was waiting at the airport. The Beatles met them in the waiting area and gave autographs and had their photographs taken. Flowers were given to the group, which surprised them but were accepted gratefully.
The Beatles were given a police escort to the Hotel Continental opposite Stockholm Central Station, where fans camped outside in the hope of a glimpse. The Beatles’ room numbers at the Continental were 205, 206 (Neil Aspinall), 208, 209 (Paul McCartney) and 210. A press conference was held at the hotel a few hours after The Beatles’ arrival.
That evening The Beatles visited the Nalen, a dance hall popular with Stockholm teenagers. That night it was celebrating its 75th anniversary, and a number of Swedish celebrities were also in attendance. Ringo Starr drily described it as “a bit more elegant than the Cavern.”
Also on this day...
- 2015: Ringo Starr live: Citi Performing Arts Center, Boston, Massachusetts
- 2014: Ringo Starr live: Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, Florida
- 2012: Apple Inc granted trademark for The Beatles’ Apple Corps logo
- 2010: English Heritage plaque unveiled at Lennon and Ono’s former London home
- 1980: US single release: (Just Like) Starting Over by John Lennon
- 1968: Recording: Yellow Submarine film score
- 1964: Live: Gaumont State Cinema, Kilburn, London
- 1963: Recording, mixing: I Wanna Be Your Man, Little Child, Hold Me Tight
- 1960: Live: Kaiserkeller, Hamburg
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