Beatles 50th Blog

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: September 25, 1964 (Friday)

The Beatles are resting after the long USA tour

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: September 23, 1964 (Wednesday)

The Beatles are resting after the long USA tour

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: September 24, 1964 (Thursday)

The Beatles are resting after the long USA tour

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: September 22, 1964 (Tuesday)

The Beatles are resting after the long USA tour

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.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: September 18, 1964 (Friday)

Dallas Memorial Auditorium, South Akard St. Dallas, Texas, USA

One show. On September 19th, the Beatles rested at a remote ranch in Missouri.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: September 17, 1964 (Thursday)

Municipal Stadium, 23rd and Brooklyn

Kansas City, Missouri, USA

The famous "extra" show, the Beatles adding the Little Richard medley "Kansas City"/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey" to their repertoire, to an especially uproarious reception. Once again, the group had to leave the stage mid-concert, returning only after the audience had calmed down in the face of a cancellation threat.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: September 16, 1964 (Wednesday)

City Park Stadium, City Park, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

This was The Beatles’ only concert in New Orleans, Louisiana. They played before a capacity crowd of 12,000 at the City Park Stadium, and were in the city for less than 24 hours.

The Beatles had arrived in the early hours of the morning. The Beatles and their small entourage were driven to the Congress Inn. They were initially accompanied by a police motorcade, but became separated during the journey. As their limousine neared the hotel, it was spotted by fans who quickly surrounded it.

The police arrived and forced the fans aside, but as the limousine reversed it hit a Kenner Police Department escort car, causing slight damage. The Beatles ran through the motel lobby, into the laundry room and finally into their three-room suite, room 100.

Upon their arrival, Brian Epstein was horrified to find that the hotel was a single-story building; at the time, The Beatles had trouble finding hotels willing to have them as guests, due to the crowds of teenage fans they attracted wherever they went.

The Beatles took to their rooms, remaining there until their late-afternoon press conference. For the first time on this tour, manager Epstein allowed a newsreel cameraman to film the conference.

During the afternoon Mayor Victor Schiro arrived at the hotel to give them a key to the city, and proclaimed 16 September 1964 ‘Beatles Day’ in New Orleans.

The group had one major request in the city: they wanted to meet Fats Domino. The musician agreed to meet The Beatles in their dressing room at the City Park Stadium immediately prior to their performance.