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Memphians recall Beatles legend McCartney as he returns to the Bluff City

Saturday, May 25, 2013

When Paul McCartney returns to Memphis this weekend to perform at FedExForum, the crowd will be considerably older, the females less frenzied than the first time he played here 47 years ago as a member of the Beatles. Although Sunday’s stop on McCartney’s “Out There” tour marks only his second Bluff City concert (he also played solo in 1993 at the Liberty Bowl), everyone in town, it seems, has a story to tell about the legendary musician.

For Memphians of a certain age, few memories are as vivid as those concerning the Beatles’ appearance at the Mid-South Coliseum on Aug. 19, 1966.

“It’s a day that will live in infamy for me anyway,” says Jody Stephens. He is the longtime manager of Midtown’s Ardent Studios and a bit of a legend himself as the drummer for Big Star, a group considered to be the Beatles of power-pop and the kings of all cult bands. Back in ’66, however,

Source: Go Memphis

Photo Credit: MJ KIM, MPL Communications
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