20 August 2013
September 21, 1964
Beatles Are Gone; So Is $1 Million
By Associated Press
NEW YORK. -- American teen-agers gave their last scream-along-with-the-Beatles concert in a 31-day series last night.
Today the shaggy-maned Rock 'N' Roll quartet from Liverpool flew back to England, taking approximately $1 million with them from their American tour.
At the last Beatle concert, a benefit, the audience performed along with the performers as usual. Teen-age girls waved, jumped up and down, did The Twist, threw tokens of esteem--jellybeans, a rubber glove, a shoe--at the feet of their idols, and screamed.
Whether the Beatles sang or talked into microphones between songs, not a word was heard. The amplified guitars of George Harrison , Paul McCartney and John Lennon could be distinguished but the drumming of Ringo Starr could not.
The concert was a benefit for United Cerebral Palsy and the Retarded Children's Service. It was held in the Paramount Theater at Times Square, where 20 years ago another generation of teen-age girls swooned for Frank Sinatra.
The Beatles were whisked away to add from the theater in a limousine which drove onto the sidewalk near the theater. At one time the crowd outside was estimated at 10,000.
After the concert, Linda Naeder, 13, remained in her front-row seat in a state of collapse. She was carried outside to an ambulance.
A survey of about 15 of the 24 cities the Beatles visited in the U. S. and Canada, indicated they picked up well over $1 million. One promoter estimated they earned about $1,000 a minute for a 49-minute stint in Milwaukee, Wis.
Beatles' spokesmen said the entertainers received 60 per cent of the gross of each performance.
Hopefully John refrained from his cripple antics during this concert.
Joe's page about the day of the Times Square concert and information about the concert itself: https://www.beatlesbible.com/1.....york-city/ Lot's of interesting factoids in there.
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20 August 2013
Also from September 21, 1964 (a Monday)
Beatles Find Rest In the Mid-South
The Beatles caused a lot of excitement in East Arkansas during the week-end when they used the old military airfield at Walnut Ridge, Ark., to land their chartered jet.
The four mop-topped stars spent the weekend resting and riding horseback at the Pigman Ranch at Alto, Mo.
Walnut Ridge was the nearest spot with an airport big enough to land their plane. After playing Dallas Friday night, the Beatles landed at Walnut Ridge at 12:30 a.m. Saturday. They were the weekend guests of Reed Pigman, ranch owner, and also owner of the chartered turboprop jet plane carrying them.
Word leaked out and teenagers began to hang around the airfield in droves waiting for them to come back at 11:45 a.m. yesterday. Paul McCartney and George Harrison arrived in a station wagon. John Lennon and Ringo Starr arrived in a small private plane.
The big jet, circling overhead, landed to pick them up. The crowd of 250 teen-agers wanted autographs, but the Beatles were too tired - they had been on a 30-day tour.
Walnut Ridge still celebrates the Beatles. http://www.beatlesattheridge.c.....o/history/ There are a few pictures of the Beatles at the airport from that weekend.
Joe's write-up about the time spent at the ranch: https://www.beatlesbible.com/1.....-missouri/
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20 August 2013
Memphis Press-Scimitar, Friday, August 28, 1964
NEW YORK WELCOME - Beatles George Harrison (left) and Paul McCartney peer through windows of limousine at the frenetic greeting accorded them by 3,000 teen-agers, some of whom had been camped at New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport for days. The British quartet arrived in New York last night for a series of engagements in the area. The four ran from their plane to the limousine. Police cordons confined the fans to an observation deck shown in upper photo. Screams, shrieks and moans filled the air.
One of Joe's pages about this date in Beatles history: https://www.beatlesbible.com/1.....-new-york/
What else did Joe write about that happened that on that date?
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20 August 2013
I just found this document on the Memphis Public Library site. "The Memphis Parks Commission minutes book notes that a discussion was held about a potential Beatles performance at the Memphis Memorial Stadium." That stadium has been renamed Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.
Minutes - April 7th., 1966
15. Discussion of the Beatles performance in Memphis.
The Director advised the Commission that a gentleman from New York called him requesting that the Beatles be allowed to perform in Memphis Memorial Stadium. He wanted a date around August 19th, which is now the date they have set for. It is not final that the Beatles want to come to the Stadium, however, Mr. Maxwell, our publicity co-ordinator advises that Mr. Bridges will be here next month.
Mr. Maxwell advised the Commission that this group has played in various other stadiums such as Shea Stadium and the Dodger's Stadium.
After thorough discussion of this matter the Commission decided upon a $7,500.00 guarantee against 10% of the gross for events of this nature to be held in Memorial Stadium.
Interesting to think the concert could have been held in an open-air football stadium instead of the Mid-South Coliseum.
Picture of the Memphis Memorial Stadium:
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