The Beatles’ diary -- 13th February 1964

Thursday, 13th February 1964

UK singles chart
  1. Needles And Pins – The Searchers
  2. I’m The One – Gerry & The Pacemakers
  3. Hippy Hippy Shake – Swinging Blue Jeans
  4. Glad All Over – The Dave Clark Five
  5. As Usual – Brenda Lee
UK albums chart
  1. With The Beatles – The Beatles
  2. Please Please Me – The Beatles
  3. How Do You Like It – Gerry & The Pacemakers
  4. West Side Story – Original Soundtrack
  5. Born Free – Frank Ifield
Relaxing on th ‘Southern Trail’ yacht in MiamiOnboard a yacht in Miami – 13 Feb ’64Photo: Associated Newspapers Ltd.

The Beatles flew to Miami to prepare for their second appearance on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’. Seven thousand kids were waiting at the airport, and so many chairs were chucked and windows smashed that the clean-up bill was over two grand! The ‘Saturday Evening Post’ reported: “They were met at the airport by a chimpanzee, four bathing beauties, a four-mile long traffic jam and 7,000 teenagers.” A reporter said “they had a smashing welcome: smashed doors, smashed windows, smashed furniture, a smashed auto roof… despite the crush of the thousands of screaming and singing fans, the young singers with the seaweed hairdos made it through the Miami airport unmolested and were rushed off to Miami Beach in a shiny limousine, flanked by police escorts.”

The self-styled ‘Fifth Beatle’ Murray …

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