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The Beatles 50 years ago today: August 22, 1964 (Saturday)-

Empire Stadium, Exhibition Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Attendance at this one show, the Beatle's first in Canada, was 20,261 and it was also broadcast live by local radio station CKNW. Immediately afterwards, the group flew back across the US border to Los Angeles, arriving at 3:55 am.

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The Beatles 50 years ago today: August 21, 1964 (Friday)-

Colisieum, Harrison St. Seattle, Washington, USA

One 29 minute performance with an audience of 14,720 fans.

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The Beatles 50 years ago today: August 20, 1964 (Thursday)-

Convention Center, Paradise Rd. Las Vegas, Nevada USA

The Beatles flew to Las Vegas immediately after the Cow Palace performance, arriving at 1:00. They performed two shows at 4:00 and 9:00 pm, before a combined audience of 16,000. "Till There Was You", was temporarily added to the repertoire.

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The Beatles 50 years ago today: August 19, 1964 (Wednesday)-

Cow Palace, Geneva Ave. San Francisco, CA USA

The first of 25 dates in the "The Beatle's First American Tour". It actually was their 2nd visit, but certainly the group's first major tour around the continent and even venturing into Canada for three concerts.

The Beatles performed just 12 songs and the tour's support acts were in order of appearance, the Bill Black Combo, the Exciters, the Righteous Brothers and Jackie DeShannon.

All 17,130 seats for this concert were SOLD, gate receipts totalling $91,670. The Beatles gross share of this was $47,600.

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The Beatles 50 years ago today: August 18, 1964 (Tuesday)-

On August 18th, the Beatles returned to the States to kick off the 1964 North American Tour - 24 cities and 32 performances in just 34 days.

The Beatles flight from London arrived at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday, August 18th.

The first concert of the tour would be held the following night in San Francisco at the Cow Palace. When the Beatles arrived at San Francisco International Airport at 6:25 pm there was a crowd of over 9,000 screaming teenagers.

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The Beatles 50 years ago today: August 17, 1964 (Monday)-

The Beatles are packing for the USA tour.

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The Beatles 50 years ago today: August 16, 1964 (Sunday)-

The Beatles at the Opera House, Blackpool

Shortly to change their name to The Who, one of the support acts on this bill were the High Numbers, billed as "a new R&B group".

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The Beatles 50 years ago today: August 15, 1964 (Saturday)-

DEAN MARTIN KNOCKS THE BEATLES
OUT OF #1 SPOT - AUGUST 15, 1964

DEAN MARTIN'S SON, RICCI MARTIN, WAS JUST LIKE MOST ANY OTHER TEENAGER IN THE EARLY MONTHS OF 1964 - CRAZY AND OBSESSED WITH THE BEATLES.  THEIR NEW FILM A HARD DAY'S NIGHT WAS jUST RELEASED AND A SMASH HIT.

DURING THIS WAVE OF BEATLEMANIA, RICCI WAS RAVING ON AND ON ABOUT THE BOYS FROM LIVERPOOL. HIS FATHER, DEAN MARTIN, STAR OF STAGE, SCREEN, TELEVISION, LAS VEGAS, AND THE RECORD WORLD, GOT FED UP ONE DAY AND TOOK RICCI TO THE SIDE AND TOLD HIM: i'M GONNA KNOCK YOUR PALLIES OFF THE CHARTS.

YES, RICCI'S DAD WAS THE GREAT DEAN MARTIN, BUT DINO HADN'T HAD A HIT RECORD IN SIX YEARS - AND WELL, THESE GUYS WERE THE BEATLES!

IT WAS A SONG CALLED EVERYBODY LOVES SOMEBODY SOMETIME. THE SONG HAD BEEN WRITTEN AROUND 15 YEARS EARLIER. DEAN HAD TO BE COAXED INTO RECORDING THE NUMBER, BUT AFTER SOME PUSHING, HE FINALLY AGREED TO RECORD THE TUNE THAT HAD ALREADY BEEN RECORDED BY SEVERAL OTHER ARTISTS INCLUDING SINATRA, PEGGY LEE AND DINAH WASHINGTON, AND HAD NEVER GONE ANYWHERE.

WHEN DEAN'S ALBUM CAME OUT, THE SONG WAS GIVEN LITTLE NOTICE AND RAISED NO STIR, BUT IN, EARLY IN 1964, DEAN RECORDED THE SONG AGAIN AS A SINGLE. IT SOON SPREAD AND GAINED POPULARITY, AND ON AUGUST 15, 1964, JUST AS HE HAD BOASTED TO HIS SKEPTICAL SON, EVERYBODY LOVES SOMEBODY SOMETIME ACTUALLY KNOCKED THE BEATLES OUT OF THE #1 SPOT ON THE BILLBOARD HOT 100 RECORD CHART.


SAID DEAN CASUALLY TO HIS AWESTRUCK SON. RICCI MARTIN SAID HE LOOKED ON AT HIS FATHER WITH PRIDE, WONDER AND AMAZEMENT. AND THUS, DEAN MARTIN, IN ALL PROBABILITY, BECAME THE ONE AND ONLY PERSON TO CORRECTLY PREDICT THAT HE WAS GOING TO KNOCK THE BEATLES OUT OF THE NUMBER ONE SPOT ON THE CHARTS AND ACTUALLY DO IT!

Here is a list of the BILLBOARD'S TOP FIVE SONGS - AUGUST 15, 1964

1. EVERYBODY LOVES SOMEBODY SOMETIME
DEAN MARTIN

2. WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO?
THE SUPREMES

3. A HARD DAY'S NIGHT
THE BEATLES

4. RAG DOLL
THE FOUR SEASONS

5. UNDER THE BOARDWALK
THE DRIFTERS

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The Beatles 50 years ago today: August 14, 1964 (Friday)-

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

This new LP came too soon after A Hard Day's Night for Lennon-McCartney, to have written a full album's worth of quality new material. They had a few songs, the final quota numbering eight, so for the other cuts the Beatles had to rely on former stage favorites.

Of the three songs during the evening session, only one, "I'm A Loser", was a Lennon-McCartney number, written mostly by John and showing a definite shift in direction away from the "hand-holding" songs to a more autobiographical and introspective slant, influenced by Bob Dylan. It was recorded in eight takes. These and four of Dr. Feelgood and the Intern's "Mr. Moonlight" were taped between 7:00 and 9:00 pm.

After that mono mixes wer made of both titles, presumably, since they were later improved upon, these were for John's personal use - right up to his death in 1980 he liked to take home rough mixes of his day's studio work, usually on a 7 1/2 ips reel.

Then the Beatles decided to do more recording, returning to their instruments for five takes of Johnny Preston's "Leave My Kitten Alone", the "Best" being the last, adorned with a number of overdubs.

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The Beatles 50 years ago today: August 13, 1964 (Thursday)-

Today, a day of rest.

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