Beatles 50th Blog posts of '2014' 'September'

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: September 21, 1964 (Monday)

The Beatles' first US tour had ended the night before, with a concert in New York City. On this day the group and their entourage flew back to London Airport (now Heathrow), arriving at 9.35pm.

Their flight number was BC 510, and they flew in a Boeing 707. By the time of their arrival thousands of fans were gathered on the roof of the Queen's Building, hoping to catch a glimpse of their heroes.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: September 20, 1964 (Sunday)

Paramount Theatre, 7th Ave./Times Square

New York City, New York, USA

Titled "An evening with The Beatles", this special charity concert, in aid of the United Cerebral Palsy of New York City and Retarded Infants Services, rounded off The Beatles' exhausting North American tour. Paying up to $100 a ticket, 3682 people attended the show, the Beatles and the other artists on the bill giving their services free.

The group flew back to England on September 21st, arriving at London Airport at 9:35 pm.


The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: September 19, 1964 (Saturday)

Following their concert in Dallas, Texas on 18 September 1964, The Beatles were flown to a ranch in Missouri for a rest day.

The aeroplane belonged to Reed Pigman, who also owned a ranch in Alton, Missouri. The Beatles used the ranch as a hideaway prior to a trip to New York for the final concert of their first US tour.

En route to Alton, they stopped briefly at Walnut Ridge to change planes. The secluded airport was ideal for avoiding the attention of fans.

Their efforts weren't entirely undetected by the fans. Night-time arrivals at the airstrip were rare in 1964, and three teenage boys ran to the airport to see who the unexpected visitors were. News of The Beatles' arrival quickly spread throughout Walnut Ridge throughout the weekend.

The second aeroplane was a seven-seater. After boarding just after midnight on 19 September they were taken to the ranch in the Ozark Mountains, where they spent 36 hours relaxing, swimming, hiking, horse riding, go-karting, shooting and fishing.

No musical instruments were taken to the Pigman ranch, and The Beatles held no rehearsals or performances while there.