The Beatles’ diary -- 17th September 1964

Thursday, 17th September 1964

UK singles chart
  1. You Really Got Me – The Kinks
  2. Have I The Right? – Honeycombs
  3. I Won’t Forget You – Jim Reeves
  4. I Wouldn’t Trade You For The World – The Bachelors
  5. The Crying Game – Dave Berry
UK albums chart
  1. A Hard Day’s Night – The Beatles
  2. Rolling Stones – The Rolling Stones
  3. Gentleman Jim – Jim Reeves
  4. Wonderful Life – Cliff Richard
  5. The Bachelors And 16 Great Songs – The Bachelors

Performance at the Municipal Stadium in Kansas City, USA, attended by 20,214 people, as part of their First American Tour. They played Twist And Shout, You Can’t Do That, All My Loving, She Loves You, Things We Said Today, Roll Over Beethoven, Can’t Buy Me Love, If I Fell, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Boys, A Hard Day’s Night, Long Tall Sally and Kansas City/Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!.

The famous Kansas City concert. Brian had ear-marked this as a rest day, but the wealthy promoter, Charles Finley, offered him a hundred grand to play a single show. This was an absolutely obscene amount of money for the time, but Brian told him to get lost. So he promptly offered him a hundred and fifty instead! This was the largest-ever amount offered for a single performance in the entire history of showbiz, so Brian bit his hand off.

Finley was ushered in half-an-hour before the set was starting and tried to negotiate a longer concert… “John said no,” said Larry Kane. “So he raised the price again, and Lennon shook his head. Each time the baseball magnate upped the ante, Lennon would stare at him and say no. The drama continued to build, until finally Finley, his face flushed …

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