The Beatles’ diary -- September 1964

September 1964

Sometime during September (date unknown) Brian bought the Liverpool music paper ‘Mersey Beat’ (in which he used to have his own column).

Wednesday, 2nd September

Performance at the Convention Hall in Philadelphia, USA, attended by 13,000 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.

Thursday, 3rd September

Performance at the Indiana State Fair Coliseum in Indianapolis, USA, attended by 29,337 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.

The famous American psychic, Jeane Dixon (who successfully foretold that President Kennedy would get assassinated) predicted that The Beatles would crash en route to Denver. The Beatles successfully predicted that she was mad.

Friday, 4th September

Performance at the Milwaukee Arena in Milwaukee, USA, attended by 11,500 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.

The famous painter/singer/songwriter and TV vetinarian, Rolf Harris, issued a single called ‘Ringo For President’. This was also the day that the Indonesian Government decided to outlaw Beatle haircuts (…an omen of things to come, perhaps?)

Saturday, 5th September

Performance at the International Amphitheatre in Chicago, USA, attended by 13,000 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.

“I remember going to Chicago,” said George. “There had been riots in the black ghettoes, and as we drove through, the cops, tense, trying to be smart, directing the traffic, no hands on the handlebars, were falling off their motorbikes. As we came through in a limousine, one would go ahead to the next junction, stop the traffic, we’d then cross and the other one would go ahead and so on. They were so ‘into the mania’. They drove those big Harleys, holding both hands up, with a loud whistle in their mouths, sun-shades on, braking and skidding off their bikes.”

Sunday, 6th September

Performance at the Olympia Stadium in Detroit, USA, attended by 30,000 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.

The Beatles announced that they wouldn’t play Florida unless the seating was de-segregated. Paul said: “We weren’t into prejudice. We were always very keen on mixed-race audiences. With that being our attitude, shared by all the group, we never wanted to play South Africa or any places where blacks would be separated. It wasn’t out of any goody-goody thing: we just thought, Why should you separate black people from white? That’s stupid, isn’t it?”

Monday, 7th September

Performance at the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Canada, attended by 35,522 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.

The Beatles flew to Toronto, Canada, and had their usual rigmarole of trying to get into the hotel without having their heads ripped off.

Tuesday, 8th September

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.” He spent the show in constant panic, crouching down in his seat with a burly copper ducked behind the drum kit.

Friday, 11th September

Performance at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, USA, attended by 32,000 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.

Saturday, 12th September

Performance at the Boston Garden in Boston, USA, attended by 13,909 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.

One guy described the gig in Boston: “The atmosphere was electrifying. We took our seats on the side, about center ice. When they bounded on stage, the place went mad. Hearing the screaming on video does not come near the feeling of being in the middle of it, enveloped in it. The sound was deafening. There was a flashbulb going off every millisecond; the sight of hundreds of flashbulbs going off constantly was the single most amazing laser experience I’ve ever seen.”

Sunday, 13th September

Performance at the Civic Center in Baltimore, USA, attended by 28,000 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.

Monday, 14th September

Performance at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, USA, attended by 12,603 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.

Tuesday, 15th September

Performance at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, USA, attended by 11,000 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.

Wednesday, 16th September

Performance at the City Park Stadium in New Orleans, USA, attended by 12,000 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.

The Mayor of New Orleans declared it ‘Beatles Day’, and presented them with a key to the city and honorary citizenship.

Thursday, 17th September

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 a wealthy promoter 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!

Friday, 18th September

Performance at the Dallas Memorial Auditorium in Dallas, USA, attended by 10,500 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.

Saturday, 19th September

The Beatles flew to the Pigman’s ranch in Arkansas for a little rest.

Sunday, 20th September

Performance at the Paramount Theatre in New York, USA, attended by 3,682 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.

Brian accused Derek Taylor of taking his limo without permission and they had a massive row. Derek promptly resigned and Brian accepted. Derek said: “He handed me a note saying that he might have been a bit hasty… and then he started to cry. But I needed to get away from all the hysteria and become normal again.” He was replaced by Wendy Hanson. He carried on working for three months to show her the ropes, and then got a job with Radio KRLA in Los Angeles. He moved his family over in February ’65, and became a public relations consultant for Prestige Promotions in April ’68. Some of the bands he represented included The Byrds and the Beach Boys!

Thursday, 24th September

Ringo created the ‘Brickey Building Company’ (a building/painting and decorating firm).

Friday, 25th September

An American businessman offered Brian £3.5 million for The Beatles. He said no.

Sunday, 27th September

Recording session for the TV show ‘It’s Beat Time’ at the Prince of Wales Theatre. The programme was broadcast live (BBC2) and featured an interview with Ringo Starr.

Tuesday, 29th September

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (14:30–18:30) during which they recorded Every Little Thing and I Don’t Want To Spoil The Party.

A further session took place between 19:00–22:45 in Studio 2 at which they recorded What You’re Doing.

Wednesday, 30th September

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (14:30–17:30) during which they recorded Every Little Thing.

A further session took place between 18:30–22:30 in Studio 2 at which they recorded What You’re Doing and No Reply.


 
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