DrupalWomenQ-#8551

Just wondering who of you saw the Beatles in concert in the 1960’s.

20 Answers

  1. Cindy Anderson wrote on :

    I was 12 years old when I saw them in Bloomington, MN in the middle of the now gone Met stadium during the Beatles 1965 tour. My friends older sister was our chaperone. You couldn’t hear the band for the screams and because they were in the middle of the field you couldn’t really see them but it was magical and I’ll never forget it!

    Reply
    • shellyleer wrote on :

      Agree. I’ve gotten tons of mileage out of telling people I saw them in concert. I mean, obviously, why else would I have asked the question on FOF? 😉

      Reply
  2. Anne Hartson wrote on :

    I did! I missed the first day of high school to go to the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis to see the Fab Four. Afterward, I was in shock all the way home. It was 1964 and I was 13.

    Reply
    • shellyleer wrote on :

      That’s where I saw them, I was 8. Do you live in Indy?

      Reply
    • Anne Hartson wrote on :

      No – I grew up in Jeffersonville, IN, across the river from Louisville. I have family in Indy now, but at the time I was just intent on seeing my idols. I intended to marry Paul, of course.

      Reply
  3. Barbara Humphreys wrote on :

    I saw them during their first visit, at Carnegie Hall and then later at Shea Stadium. What fun. When they were at Carnegie Hall, it was one of the first “pop” concerts there. There was a real cross-section of people in attendence… A variety of ages and “classes”. Some people were dressed for Carnegie Hall, some were mocking the occasion by wearing black-tie, lots of parents with their teenagers. I sat in the balcony with three of my friends. I had never been much into rock and roll but when Paul shook his head during the “woooo” in “She Loves You”, I lost it and became one of the screamers!

    Reply
    • shellyleer wrote on :

      LOL. I know what you mean. I adored Paul and thought he would someday marry me because his birthday is June 18th, same as my older sister’s. Boy, was I ever delusional!

      Reply
  4. Lynnswearingen wrote on :

    Yes, I was 11 years old- My mother took my sisters and me to see The Beatles at the Coliseum in Memphis on August 19, 1966. I kept the ticket stub!

    Reply
  5. Marg Garvin wrote on :

    Yes. In Cleveland. Twice.

    The first concert was in 1964 when I was in my teens. They performed at Cleveland’s Public Hall. To say I “heard them” that evening, would be a stretch. When they stepped on stage, the audience (young girls with high-pitched voices) exploded into a constant scream. That ear piercing sound was like nothing I have ever experienced to this day. It never changed–never subsided, totally unrelenting. Obviously, I never heard one note of music coming from the stage.

    I recall the popping of hundreds of flash bulbs from cameras. (Anyone remember flash bulbs? The used ones were nasty.)

    An anxious moment came as we exited through a long hall. We were sandwiched shoulder to shoulder into this very tight space moving at a snail’s pace. Without warning, the mob erupted in screams and began pushing forward–nowhere to go except with the flow.

    The second time was at Cleveland Stadium in 1966. Not as exciting as the ’64 concert, though.

    On both occasions, witnessing the Beatles live and in person was unforgettable.

    Reply
    • shellyleer wrote on :

      I saw them in 1964 too. You’re right, the screaming took away from the music.

      Reply
  6. dmurphy431 wrote on :

    YES! I saw them in Kansas City when I was 14, so that was 1966. My mother took me. The concert was at the baseball stadium, and the KC Athletics owner, Charlie Finley, got them to add KC as a tour stop. I still have the ticket stubs. One of my most treasured memories with my mom.

    Reply
    • shellyleer wrote on :

      I was in 3rd grade, went with my mom and dad, my brother and his friend. My older two brothers worked as ushers (Nana got them the end of summer gig) so they got to see them in the Coliseum and out at the Grandstand. Yes, that’s the same location of the Sugarland stage collapse in August. Anyway, I have my ticket stub and my Great Aunt worked in the Communications (PR) Department and got me a cloth napkin one of them used during a luncheon interview. I took it for Show and Tell and got booed. I thought I would die. Kids!!!

      Reply
  7. Anne Leighton wrote on :

    A couple of more stories….
    This is more from Peter about John, “Peter Gordon Donald well he was not playing but john used to buy coat hangers at the h.f. davis 5 and dime on dixie highway religiously….the place sold an odd assortment of pencils, bra parts, hangers and the like…..see my story the last five and dime in the palm beach post….i mention it only because it gives people a better idea of what he was really like…..as everybody knows john did not hesitate to get out there and enjoy the rhythm of the street wherever he was….so i would not call this a “sighting”, only a person in the flow of regular life…..i like that, he was/is one of us”

    North Carolina based musician George Harner, “it was actually one of my first memories. my sisters were crying and my dad looked all kinds of pissed off. i became hooked.”

    and writer Ray Brizzi also saw Ringo at New York City’s Bottom Line.

    Reply
  8. Anne Leighton wrote on :

    I didn’t see the Beatles live, but definitely listened to LIVE AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL tons. I’m also always trying to get Paul McCartney to write songs and sing with Jann Klose (makes sense!)

    I have friends who’ve played with the Beatles including Rick Derringer, who has been in Ringo’s All Star Band.

    So I asked friends on my Facebook page if they had seen the Beatles live.

    Besides those (including me) who saw the band on the ED SULLIVAN SHOW, I got a few interesting responses:

    THE WIFE OF A PREDOMINANT CLASSIC ROCK/TRIPLE AAA RADIO SHOW HOST, BOB GOODMAN, “Saw the Beatles in NY at Shea. I was 13 years old and everyone screamed so loud, it was impossible to hear them.” She also saw George in the ’70s, up close and personal in New York City.

    Nic, a musician and entrepreneur from England said he “bought a pair of ferrets from paul Macartneys Farm”.

    And filmmaker/record producer of the rock band Philpot often talks with George Martin, who produced the Beatles!

    Reply
  9. Gail Katz wrote on :

    Enter answer here ..ME ME Saw them in 1965 in Dhicago @ White Sox Stadium. I also went to the REAL Woodstock a few years later. Lots of rock concerts of that time–but NEVER were there any of them as LOUD with girls screaming as the Beatles! Who was YOUR favorite? Mine was John.

    Reply
    • shellyleer wrote on :

      Paul. Speaking of celebs, I just took a walk on our Greenways trail and passed John Mellencamp and Meg Ryan. He said Hi, probably so I would stop staring at her. Just 30 minutes ago!

      Reply
  10. Victoria Salti Wilson wrote on :

    What a cool question, I was born around then so my answer would be:
    “yes in my dream

    Reply
  11. Cheryl Wilson wrote on :

    I saw them! I was in my 20s at the time but I thought they hung the moon! You couldn’t hear them over the screaming by all the “tweens” of the day, though, and that really put a damper on the concert. I also saw Elvis and the concert was the same. I saw the Stones but you go to their concerts to see Mick Jagger perform, not sing. He is awesome and I’ve seen him many times since then. The best performer I saw in the day was James Brown. I saw him in a small venue (he wasn’t big yet!) and I was only one of three white women in a black nightclub (shades of Harlem in the 30s!). I couldn’t not believe what a performance I was witnessing. He was phenomenal and, when he sang “Please, Please, Please” even I jumped out of my seat!

    Reply
    • shellyleer wrote on :

      I saw them at The Coliseum at our fairgrounds. My grandmother worked as a bookkeeper there and gave us tickets! Also saw Led Zeppelin, Santana, James Taylor, Carole King, Herman’s Hermits, etc. Saw The Stones a few times in a larger venue. My all time fav, and love of my life–Eric Clapton.
      I would have loved to have seen James Brown.

      Reply
    • Cheryl Wilson wrote on :

      Lucky you seeing Carole King! What a talent she is! Ditto Carlos Santana. If a guy put on “Black Magic Woman” when I was his date back then, I was in love! I too adore Eric Clapton and I’ve seen him several times but, for some reason, his shows in England are better than they are here. The Moody Blues, Cream, etc., were also better over there.

      Reply
Are you an FOF Guru? Please to log in and post your response