Live: Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey

The Beatles performed before 18,000 fans at the Convention Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The night before they had stayed at the Lafayette Motel. At 2.15pm they left in the back of a fish truck, and a short distance from the Convention Hall they switched to their waiting tour bus.

The Beatles performed their standard 12-song set: Twist And Shout, You Can't Do That, All My Loving, She Loves You, Things We Said Today, Roll Over Beethoven, Can't Buy Me Love, If I Fell, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Boys, A Hard Day's Night and Long Tall Sally.

After the show The Beatles left the venue in a laundry truck, as their limousine was too conspicuous. That night they stayed at the Marquis De Lafayette Hotel in nearby Cape May, where they stayed for a few days prior to their 2 September concert in Philadelphia.

During their stay in Atlantic City, John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote the song Every Little Thing, which appeared on the Beatles For Sale album at the end of 1964.

John and I got this one written in Atlantic City during our last tour of the States. John does the guitar riff for this one, and George is on acoustic. Ringo bashes some timpani drums for the big noises you hear.
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15 responses on “Live: Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey

  1. Ken Shane

    Good information. I was at the show. The only flaw is the reference to the Lafayette being six miles away. It was more like six blocks away.

    By the way, the opening acts that night were the Bill Black Combo, the Exciters, and the Righteous Brothers.

    1. Donna Lee Manning

      OMG, what memories. My friend and I were there as well. We were at the Lafayette and then Convention Hall. When the limo pulled up in front and they opened the back door, no one got in, then they closed the door and the limo took off, I noticed nobody got in. But all the girls started screaming and chasing the limo. I was not one of the hysterical teens, so I sort of noticed things, like the people at the window of their room were not the Beatles, but someone else. My father owned Green’s Army & Navy on Atlantic and Ohio. It was torn down and now is a bus station. Makes me want to cry. Who wouldn’t give all they have to be able to go back for a day?

  2. George Wescoat

    I was at the concert also, although I was only 6 1/2 years old.I just recently found the tickets at my mothers. My parents sent to New York for the tickets and they were $3.90 apiece. I have a picture of them if you would like to see them.

    1. Donna Lee Manning

      I was young also and very short. Some lady held me while I stood on the back of the seat, as everyone instantly started standing in their seats. We found that by putting our fingers in our ears, it filtered out the screams and we were able to hear the music.

  3. Lillian Rutherford Sweeney

    All these years I thought the car (truck) I seen John Lennon in was a ambulance, they were parked and I went up and asked a man there did he have any aspirin I had a awful headache. I seen movement under some sheets and John popped his head out and gave me a big smile , I just looked at him and smiled back, Then the man closed the door and the truck took off, I went back to my friends who hogged the binoculars at the concert and told them what I saw. They were not amused that I did not call them over.

  4. Douglas Bonnell

    I was there, 18 years old. My step dad had worked there and I knew how to get around. 3 friends and I got up to the balcony. Could not hear the music for all the screaming. Don’t recall 18000 people, seamed a lot smaller from my vantage point/memory.

  5. Bonnie

    My two friends and I (age 14) purchased three tickets ($4.90) to the concert. We also sent away for press passes from Teen Magazine, and received two thin paper passes with PRESS typed on them. There was a raised press box to the left of the stage, and we decided to give the passes a try. Since there were only two passes and three of us, two of us presented the passes and were allowed to climb up the stairs to the press seats. Then one of us took both passes back down, gave one to the third friend and once again were allowed in. We sat IN FRONT OF Dick Clark, and sometime during the concert the police had to pull my friend down off the press table (gently, and just asked her to remain on the floor)as she was standing on it screaming. Dick Clark signed my white “genuine leatherette” purse, and some years later my mother threw it out not releasing how important it was to me! And yes, the Beatles stayed at a hotel that was about 6 blocks from the Convention Center. We walked over there and one friend used the press pass again to get up to the floor where Beatles were staying. UNFORTUNATELY, she was told by a guard that they were not accepting any more questions from the press at that time.

  6. Bob Kavanaugh

    I, too, am grateful to say that I was at the concert, too. I was 12 years old. My mom and brother drove my 13 year old sister and me to the concert and back from Albany, N.Y. . The crown seemed smaller, but what did I know at 12 years, other than the Beatles were the greatest thing in my life (along with my dog “Charlie”). I remember everyone standing on top of the back of their chairs and all of them tipping backwards, knocking every row behind them down (the chairs were attached to each other). Luckily, I ran to the back, stood underneath a loud speaker on a desk, and grooved to “Tell Me Why”, ” A Hard Day’s Night”, etc. . The euphoria before the concert at the Hotel Lafayette was intoxicating. I’ve often told friends that I NEVER saw the Righteous Brothers, alas…! Finally, Paul McCartney played in Albany, N.Y. this summer. FAB! I never thought it would happen. One and a half years until “When I’m Sixty Four”.

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