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.

Meaden & Moore

Area Agency on Aging 10B, Inc.

Wayside Furniture


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

The first big private gift comes in for the pro football HOF project
The HOF has needed a shot in the arm for many years and this project will go a long way to getting the attraction the attention it deserves (next: upgrad...

Environmental study nears completion in East Liverpool
Twenty years ago my twin sister and I protested the building and operation of the WTI facility citing several studies that indicated the risk of cancer due to ...

HOF's Canton expansion could take an island and make it a village
I live in the block from Broad St to the Hall of Fame and will be impacted by the expansion. I am in the process of selling my home and planned to long before i...

Cleveland redeploys police to replace rejected red-light traffic cameras
Periodic rotational enforcement without warning does NOT change behavior and the city officials know that. This is the basis of all officer-run enforcement trap...

New enrollment period offers more insurance options
The removal of federal funding for healthcare CO-OPs may limit the growth of the CO-OP movement. http://www.healthcaretownhall.com/?p=6381

The family of Boardman vet killed in Vietnam receives his medals
My name is Mike Eisenbraun. I am Larry's brother. I was 14 years old when Larry was killed in Vietnam. He has been gone for 46 years but it seems like yester...

Cleveland seniors are creating new wealth -- and facing new challenges
Why is anyone surprised that we people over 65 are not retiring? If you have been paying attention, defined company funded pensions were phasing out in the eigh...

Ohio company cuts off a dairy supplier after allegations of animal abuse
these people should be held accountable for their actions. i would be more than pleased to see a year or more behind bars. i will NEVER eat anything that comes ...

Goodyear recruits thousands of vets
What a wonderful interview! Excellent reporting skills by a talented young reporter! I look forward to hearing more from Ms. Schley!

Copyright © 2014 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