The Beatles’ diary -- 8th September 1964

Tuesday, 8th September 1964

UK singles chart
  1. Have I The Right? – Honeycombs
  2. You Really Got Me – The Kinks
  3. I Won’t Forget You – Jim Reeves
  4. Do Wah Diddy Diddy – Manfred Mann
  5. The Crying Game – Dave Berry
UK albums chart
  1. A Hard Day’s Night – The Beatles
  2. Rolling Stones – The Rolling Stones
  3. Wonderful Life – Cliff Richard
  4. Gentleman Jim – Jim Reeves
  5. West Side Story – Original Soundtrack

Performance at the Forum in Montreal, Canada, attended by 21,000 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 and Long Tall Sally.

Ringo received a death threat from some Canadian madman, threatening to kill the “English Jew.” Trouble had been brewing in Quebec for months. There were pockets of anti-British sentiment and factions had formed to separate from the State. As is always the way in these kind of things, one group had fascist leanings and railed against the Jews and – purely because he had a big nose – they thought Ringo was a Semite! He spent the show in constant panic, crouching down in his seat with a burly copper ducked behind the drum kit. “God knows what he was trying to do,” he said. “I mean, there’s an assassin out there trying to get me and he’s sitting next to me on stage as if someone in the back of a 12,000 seater is gonna go – Bang! – and he’s gonna catch the bullet? …No one was seeing …

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