News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Akron Children's Hospital

Akron General


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Arts and Entertainment


First U.S. Beatles concert happened 50 years ago today
8,000 screaming fans packed the Washington Coliseum to hear Rock Hall inductees, The Beatles
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


Reporter
Kabir Bhatia
 
The Beatles' first concert was recorded by CBS, and transmitted in March to movie theaters via closed-circuit phone lines; the master tape of the show was then lost more than 40 years before turning up at auction
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:
Fifty years ago today, the Beatles played their first concert on U.S. soil in front of 8,000 fans in Washington, D.C.

As the band set up, emcee Carroll James told the crowd, “In case you don’t know who this is, that’s Ringo Starr!” James had debuted the group's first big U.S. hit -- "I Want to Hold Your Hand" -- on WWDC in December, 1963.

The crowd of screaming teenagers paid between $2 to $4 to see the show at the Washington Coliseum, a mile south of the U.S. Capitol building. Situated in a boxing ring, with fans on all sides, the Fab Four paused at points throughout their 40-minute show to reset the stage so all could see. The show was filmed and distributed to movie theaters later that year.

It was their first of just three concerts in America that month. The next night, the band played Carnegie Hall, then hit Miami for a live remote for “The Ed Sullivan Show” before heading back to England. The rest of the colonies would have to wait until the Beatles’ first proper tour kicked off in August.

Concerts were banned at the Washington Coliseum in 1967, after a show by the Temptations was followed by a riot. The Washington Post reports that the empty 73-year-old building is slated for renovation into mixed-use office and retail space.
First U.S. Beatles concert happened 50 years ago today

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (2:26)


The Beatles were inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. John Lennon (1994), Paul McCartney (1999) and George Harrison (2004) have all been inducted as solo artists, while producer George Martin (1999) is in as a non-performer. Manager Brian Epstein will be induced this April in Brooklyn.
Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Ohio becomes first in the nation to dump PARCC testing
Best test to use for elementary schools is the old pre common core Iowa test of basic skills. This test measures apples to apples and tests the skills appropri...

Ohio is moving forward with new standardized tests
Mr Chow, Nice piece on testing. Should not Ohio go to an open bid process for the new assessment contract? Ohio has stayed with a "connected" DC non-profit fo...

The Surpreme Court gay-marriage decision plays out in Ohio Amish country
Keep in mind that the majority of the people residing in Holmes County are Amish, a church people who do not vote because they do not believe in governmental ru...

Akron council committee recommends Forney for its opening
Which committee member voted for Wilhite?

Nearly a dozen Cuyahoga gay couples get licenses to marry after the Supreme Court ruling
Presiding Judge Anthony J. Russo a graduate of Chanel High School and supposed member of St. Francis Parish in Gates Mills has just excommunicated himself. As ...

Canton Youth Symphony is named orchestra of the year
This is what makes CSO the hippest small town orchestra in America!

What can be expected if Ohio's tobacco taxes increase?
let's face it! The increase has little to do with smoking cessation

Rare Cleveland Indians photo from 1911 hits the auction block
Paddy Livingston, who cut his teeth on a Louisville Slugger in Kent, Ohio was one of the immortals that played in that game. He was the catcher. Ty Cobb actuall...

Nexus denies Green's request to relocate its planned gas pipeline
These people have so much power. Too much. They could care less about the people they leave when it is done. Spectra does not, and admits, they do not do the...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University