The Beatles At Shea Stadium is premièred on BBC 1

The film of The Beatles’ 15 August 1965 concert at New York’s Shea Stadium had its world première on BBC 1 in the UK on this day.

The concert had been filmed by Sullivan Productions, owned by Ed Sullivan, in association with Brian Epstein’s NEMS Enterprises and Subafilms, the company co-owned by Epstein and The Beatles.

The 48-minute programme was shown in black and white on the BBC’s main channel. The songs ‘She’s A Woman’ and ‘Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby’ were left out of the final edit, which also featured audio overdubs recorded in London on 5 January 1966.

In the US the film was shown in colour in cinemas. Press advertisements were designed by Klaus Voormann, The Beatles’ friend from Hamburg who designed the cover artwork for Revolver later in 1966.

Last updated: 4 January 2017
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