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VIDEO SHOWS WHEN THE BEATLES PLAYED SECRET SOUTHPORT GIG

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In 1963, The Beatles came to Southport to play a six-day run at the Odeon Cinema on Lord Street.

The shows featured a setlist including She Loves You, I Saw You Standing There, and Twist and Shout and during the run, from August 26-31, the band were filmed for a BBC documentary called Mersey Sounds.

In a letter made public by Sir Ron Watson, Charles R. Preston of the Little Theatre revealed much of the background story of the visit. He wrote: “The concerts were very lively affairs with scores of screaming fans, and the BBC, who wanted to make a short Beatles’ film, approached the Southport Dramatic Club to see if it could provide a daytime venue in complete confidence to so avoid the usual noisy stake out by the fans.

“Very few members of the Southport Dramatic Society were aware that the Little Theatre was to be used for the making of the film and the scenic artist Arthur Nugent who acted as floor manager and myself acting as his assistant set the stage with a grey velour curtain set with a small low rostrum for Ringo Starr’s drums upstage left.
“It’s this setting which is still invariably shown by the BBC when they need a short Beatles’ clipping for a news item.
“The Beatles arrived at 10am and changed into their collarless suits whilst their equipment was set up. The film recording started with ‘Love Me Do’ but as John Lennon had a sore throat I was sent to Boots for pastilles before work could continue and he could reach the top notes.

“The film took all day and finished about 5.30pm. During a break I recall sitting in the stalls with Ringo Starr who admired the theatre and asked how one went about joining the Club. Sadly, he never did!”
That venue was one of a number the band played across the town, including the Glen Park club, the Cambridge Hall, the Queen’s Hotel and the Kingsway.
Sadly, most of those venues no longer remain – the Kingsway was burned down, the Queen’s Hotel is now a residential building and the Odeon has become as Sainsbury’s superstore.


THE BEATLES AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL IN 1965

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Following up on their groundbreaking 1964 sold-out concert at the Bowl, The Beatles returned for two performances the following year, August 29th and 30th. Tickets were $3, $4, $5, $6 and $7. Naturally, both shows sold out and with a capacity of just over 17,600, the band grossed $156,000 (almost $1.2 million in today’s dollars. This was The Beatles’ third and final concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

Back then, kids learned about and bought tickets through what today we call “traditional media.” AM radio station KRLA presented the concerts and promoters placed full-page ads in the Los Angeles Times, with a coupon that fans had to mail in on a specific date to order tickets.

And mail in they did. Fan and Beatles at the Bowl concertgoer Sharon Weisz remembers, “My parents didn’t subscribe to the Times so I had to go out and buy a copy, get my mother to write a check and take it to the mailbox. It couldn’t be mailed before a certain date so I had to wait for that. I asked for $7 tickets but got $5 and they sent back a refund check to cover the difference.”

The band appeared at 9:22 PM and, according to Los Angeles Times Entertainment Editor Charles Champlin, “Exactly at 9:55 the Beatles dashed off stage and a flying wedge of 10 policemen with nightsticks drawn escorted them to their armored car and cleared a path through screaming fans as it pulled away.”

The set list was the same 12 songs both nights, a 33-minute combination of original material and covers:

Twist And Shout
She’s A Woman
I Feel Fine
Dizzy Miss Lizzy
Ticket To Ride
Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby
Can’t Buy Me Love
Baby’s In Black
I Wanna Be Your Man
A Hard Day’s Night
Help!
I’m Down

 

 

But those fortunate enough to be there didn’t hear much musical nuance. The sound was so drowned out by screaming that it took until 1977 for some of the material to make it out on the LP The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl. The release was delayed by primitive recording technology – three-track, half-inch tape recording, the inability of the band to hear its own performance and multiple recording glitches – plus of course all that screaming.

The two August 1965 performances were recorded by Capitol Records. Five songs from this date – Twist And Shout, She’s A Woman, Dizzy Miss Lizzy, Can’t Buy Me Love and A Hard Day’s Night – were included on the 1977 album The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl. Dizzy Miss Lizzy was a composite edit of the 29 and 30 August performances. In the album’s liner notes, George Martin, describes “the eternal shriek of 17,000 healthy young lungs [that] made even a jet plane inaudible.” (Los Angeles Times reviewer Champlin called it “an absolute avalanche of shrill sound [that] penetrated everybody’s deepest molecules.”) Martin and an engineer were finally able to transfer the three-tracks to 16-track tape and get to work. It turned out that the August 29, 1965 show was virtually unusable, so the live album consists of performances from 1964 and August 30, 1965.

The performance of Baby’s In Black was also included on the 1996 single Real Love, preceded by John Lennon’s spoken introduction from the 29 August performance. The Hollywood Bowl recordings were also used to bulk up the sound of the film The Beatles At Shea Stadium, and were incorporated into the soundtrack on 5 January 1966. After the concert The Beatles held a pool-side party for around a dozen reporters who had accompanied them on the North America tour. The final stop took place the following night at San Francisco’s Cow Palace.

 

 


51 YEARS AGO: THE BEATLES PLAYED THEIR FINAL SCHEDULED CONCERT AT CANDLESTICK PARK

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On Aug. 29, 1966, the Beatles performed at Candlestick, and it was the last live concert they ever played together.

After rocketing to the top of the charts in the early ’60s, the Beatles were running out of steam, and their 1966 U.S. Tour was emblematic of their fatigue. The band faced stateside anger when John Lennon called them “more popular than Jesus,” the weather was a disaster at multiple concerts, rowdy fans made simple transportation more difficult than ever and, due to poor acoustics, the musicians could hardly even hear their live performances for feedback.

“In 1966, the road was getting pretty boring,” said Ringo Starr in the Beatles Anthology documentary. “It was coming to the end for me. Nobody was listening at the shows. That was OK at the beginning, but we were playing really bad.”

 

You can listen to the concert here:

The day before the Beatles hit San Francisco, they played at another historic baseball venue, Dodger Stadium. The tour’s chaos reached its breaking point when post-concert delays related to fans rushing the field made it incredibly difficult for the bandmates to even escape. Even Paul McCartney said at that point, “Oh, this bloody touring lark — I’ve had it up to here, man.”

So, as the Beatles prepared to take the stage at Candlestick Park on Aug. 29, there was a general feeling among the band that this would be their finale. McCartney even made sure to ask band press officer Tony Barrow to tape the concert — Barrow later said that such a reminder was unprecedented. The conditions weren’t ideal, as the winds that tormented outfielders for decades were in a frenzy again, but fortunately, fans also recorded parts of the show.

Tickets were a steal at costs between $4.50 and $6.50 — about $33 to $48 today — though only 25,000 of Candlestick Park’s 42,500 capacity were sold;resulting in a financial loss for the organisers. The Beatles reportedly made $90,000.

SETLIST:

  • “Rock ‘n’ Roll Music”
  • “She’s a Woman”
  • “If I Needed Someone”
  • “Day Tripper”
  • “Baby’s in Black”
  • “I Feel Fine”
  • “Yesterday”
  • “I Wanna Be Your Man”
  • “Nowhere Man”
  • “Paperback Writer”

 

The Beatles closed the show with another cover, Little Richard’s “Long Tall Sally.” Amid the roar of the crowd, Lennon paused on the stage for a moment before the quartet left for good. Never again would they perform together, other than the unannounced Apple rooftop concert in London three years later.

 

 

Although this was the end of the book on the Beatles’ live career, there was an epilogue of sorts for one of the Fab Four. Forty-eight years after their final show, Candlestick Park was closing — the Giants had long since left, while the 49ers now had their own new home at Levi’s Stadium. There was one more concert on the schedule, though: On Aug, 14, 2014, Paul returned to San Francisco on his “Out There” tour to bring down the house.

 

Candlestick Park had witnessed the end of the Beatles’ career, so, in a way, it was fitting that one of the last living Beatles saw Candlestick off in its own finale. “It’s sad to see the old place closing down,” McCartney said. “But we’re going to close it down in style.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“There was a big talk at Candlestick Park that this had got to end. At that San Francisco gig it seemed that this could possibly be the last time, but I never felt 100% certain till we got back to London. John Wanted to give up more than other. He said he’d had enough.” – Ringo Starr

“Before one of the last numbers, we actually set up this camera, I think it had a fisheye, a wide-angle lens. We set it up on the amplifier and Ringo came off the drums, and we stood with our backs to the audience and posed for a photograph, because we knew that was the last show.” – George Harrison

 

 


A PAIR OF BEATLE BOOTS WORN BY RINGO ON STAGE IN 1963 HAVE SOLD FOR £6,900

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Unlike the leather boots worn by the rest of the Fab Four, the drummer had suede versions of the distinctive pointed-toe footwear with a lower heel. This was so he could use the pedals of his drum kit while performing. Ringo wrote his name inside in biro. The auction, held at the Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room, was organised by The Beatles Shop in Liverpool. The size-seven boots were given to a family friend by Ringo’s mother and stepfather in the 1960s and have remained in his possession ever since. The sale organisers described them as “worn but in good condition”.

A music textbook from Quarry Bank School signed by John Lennon when he was about 14 or 15 – bought for 20p in a charity shop – sold for £3,000.

Other items included the front door of the Wavertree home where George Harrison was born, which fetched £540, and a Cavern Club membership card from 1963 which raised £570.


PAUL’S OLD ASTON MARTIN BEING DISPLAYED AT THE CONCORDE CLASSICS CAR SHOW

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It was once owned by Paul and now it will have pride of place at a popular Hampshire car show.

With its unique 64 Mac number plate the shining Aston Martin DB5 will be part of the line up of vintage, classic and modern supercars at The Concorde Classics Car Show on September 3.

Macca ordered the Aston Martin DB5 fresh off the production line after the Fab 4 were at the height of their fame and had just finished the filming A Hard Day’s Night.

It was also just before they embarked on their 1964 world tour, including their historic first appearance on the legendary Ed Sullivan chat show on the other side of the pond. He had special features put in the car – which years later was auctioned for £344,400 – including a record player and the black leather interior was stitched with patterns that resembled musical notes.

The iconic DB5, which is finished in Sierra Blue with a black leather interior, was also made famous by the James Bond movie Goldfinger.

 

BEATLES´HANDWRITTEN ELEANOR RIGBY SCORE GOES ON AUCTION

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The piece of memorabilia, signed by their producer George Martin and Paul McCartney, is expected to fetch £20,000. The original handwritten score for the Beatles song Eleanor Rigby is to be sold alongside the grave deeds of the supposed muse. The piece of memorabilia, handwritten and signed by Paul McCartney and their late producer George Martin, is expected to fetch £20,000. The score includes notes specifying that it was to be recorded at London’s Abbey Road Studio number two and that four violins, two violas and two cellos were to be used.

“Each item is fantastic, unique and of significant historical importance in itself, so to have both come up at the same time is an incredible coincidence,” said Paul Fairweather from Omega Auctions, which is selling the items. “I expect there to be fierce bidding from across the globe.”

In a separate lot, the grave deeds of a woman named Eleanor Rigby, who many believe served as inspiration to the 1966 hit, will also be sold.That includes a miniature Bible, dated 1899, with the name Elenor Rigby handwritten inside – which is expected to sell for £5,000. The grave was found in the 1980s, in St Peter’s churchyard in Woolton, Liverpool, where Paul met John at a party in 1957.

The two Beatles revealed they used to take shortcuts through the church grounds, and rumours started that she was the same Eleanor Rigby who wore “the face that she keeps in a jar by the door”.
McCartney has always refuted the theory, insisting that the name Eleanor was inspired by actress Eleanor Bron, who starred in The Beatles’ film Help!
The surname Rigby, he said, was the name of a wine merchant.
“Eleanor Rigby is a totally fictitious character that I made up,” he said in 2008.
“If someone wants to spend money buying a document to prove a fictitious character exists, that’s fine with me.”
The sale will take place at the Beatles Memorabilia Auction in Warrington on 11 September.