The Beatles’ first Swedish concert took place in a hall in a secondary school, Sundsta Läroverk, in the small town of Karlstad.
All four Beatles arrived in the same car, although six vehicles and a trailer travelled on the 300km journey through the snow from Stockholm. In the evening they arrived at the Statshotellet in Karlstad, where John Lennon and Paul McCartney shared a double room that night, and George Harrison and Ringo Starr did the same.
Although the hall at Sundsta Läroverk could accommodate 750 people, only 600 saw each of the shows. The support acts were local groups Svend Miller’s Popstars and The Phantoms.
Ticket prices ranged from 12-20 SKr, making them unaffordable for many. The Beatles’ fee throughout the tour was £140 a night.
They performed two 25-minute shows at Nya Aulan in Sundsta school, at 7pm and 9pm. Their likely set for these concerts, and for all other dates on the Sweden tour, contained nine songs:
- ‘Roll Over Beethoven’
- ‘Please Please Me’
- ‘I Saw Her Standing There’
- ‘From Me To You’
- ‘A Taste Of Honey’
- ‘She Loves You’
- ‘Twist And Shout’
- ‘Long Tall Sally’
Also on this day...
- 2019: Album release: What’s My Name by Ringo Starr
- 2015: Ringo Starr live: State Theater, New Brunswick, New Jersey
- 2014: Paul McCartney live: Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Florida
- 2009: Rare Capitol Records staff-only pressing of Sgt Pepper discovered
- 1974: UK single release: Junior’s Farm by Paul McCartney and Wings
- 1968: George Harrison produces Is This What You Want? by Jackie Lomax
- 1968: John Lennon and Yoko Ono announce pregnancy
- 1968: Mixing, editing: Yellow Submarine film score
- 1967: Recording, mixing, editing: The Fool On The Hill, Hello, Goodbye
- 1965: Mixing: Drive My Car, In My Life, If I Needed Someone, Day Tripper, Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown), Nowhere Man
- 1964: Live: Hippodrome, Brighton
- 1962: Radio: Here We Go
- 1961: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
- 1960: Live: Kaiserkeller, Hamburg
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