Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Philly fan recall the show

I took this photo somewhere off the Internet from a fan that stated that this was her on the way to the Beatles Philadelphia concert in 1966.  I had full intentions of emailing and asking to use the photo and , well---I lost the contact information.  So if this is you or if you know this adorable Beatles fan, please let me know so you can get proper credit.

I was at The Beatles 1966 concert in Philly . My dear Aunt Elenore  from Roslyn, Pa and her daughter Andy took me there.  I was visiting them from Lorain, Ohio. It was wonderful I was 12 years old and am now 61 and it has been a highlight of my life!!!  Lost my orange ticket years ago when I went to frame it, it was gone. I cried. I wouldn't sell it for a million dollars. Don't know what happened . I had it all these years in an album. We left the concert when Paul announced this was there last song because of a storm coming in. The rain going home was so bad we had to pull over. I have always loved my Beatles and still do. A fan forever - Diane

It was a hot August day.  Lightening was flashing throughout their performance and as soon as the Beatles had left the stage, the sky opened up and it rained down! -  Bob

I was at the concert as a 13 year old. My best friend's dad purchased the $5 tickets so we could see them. We stood up against the fence and were able to see them as they left the stadium. – Christine
We arrived early in the evening and, after snapping up a few souvenirs — a copy of the latest edition of the Beatles (U.S.A.) Ltd. fanzine; a portfolio of photos of the group taken a year or two earlier — and pocketing our precious stubs, excitedly stepped inside.   I was surprised, and frankly a little ticked, that all the seating was at one end of JFK, at best maybe a third of capacity.    In the stadium, we anxiously hunkered down for the long wait. Pop concerts in those days were like revues, with numerous acts preceding the headliners. In ’66, the opening acts were the Ronettes girl group, garage-rockers the Remains, the Cyrkle (also managed, like the Beatles, by Brian Epstein) of “Red Rubber Ball” fame, and R&B singer Bobby Hebb (“Sunny”).    And then there they were. In a blast of light like a pop-art explosion they appeared, waving and hoisting their instruments, just as I'd seen in clips and movies scores of times.  I clearly remember George Harrison's '60s fashion faux pas, white socks, as well as Paul McCartney's signature Hofner violin bass and of course the most famous bass drum skin in history. They opened with some Chuck Berry ("Rock and Roll Music") and closed with a Little Richard rocker ("Long Tall Sally"), repaying their debt to America's rock 'n' roll forefathers, but the music in between showed how far they had taken rock since those early days. For example, “Yesterday.” I’d never have thought that would be on the set list. I was also surprised to hear the recent hit “Paperback Writer” live, given the record’s advanced production techniques. John and Paul handled most lead vocals, as always, with George stepping to the mic for "If I Needed Someone" and Ringo Starr doing "I Wanna Be Your Man."   Despite the screaming, the sound was clear enough, which was the positive correlative to the low turnout, and though they were farther away than I'd have liked, I understood the security concerns. And then they were gone.  -  Tony  

I was 16 at the time and as excited as could be, for I had gotten a ticket for the temporary seating on the field!  This was the closest seating available, and I assumed I would be within Instamatic range of the stage.  I arranged to meet a friend on the train that would take us to the center of the city, where we would then take the subway to the stadium.   This was to be an outdoor concert, and the sky looked like rain.    At the stadium, I bought a concert program and settled into my seat.  Two of the opening acts, Bobby Hebb and the Cyrkle, were very impressive.   During one section of the Cyrkle’s performance, they did a perfect copy version of some of the big records of the day.  I was amazed how much they sounded like the Beach Boys and the Four Seasons.    Once the Beatles came on, all hell broke loose.  The entire audience stood for the whole set.  I remember sitting down for a moment to tie my show and the soundproofing caused by the standing crowd completely shut out the sound of the Beatles.    After the Beatles performed “Rain,” our worst fears came true.  It started to drizzle, and the concert was brought to a close.  Although it seemed at the time that the show was cut short, based on what I have learned since, the show most likely was no shorter than any other.  The postscript to the story is the craziest part of all.  I kept the concert program in my room for several years.  In 1972, when I was moving out of my parents’ house, I came across the program and decided I didn’t need it anymore and promptly threw it out.   After I became a collector and found that the 1966 program was the hardest to come by, I repeatedly kicked myself.  Finally, in 1985, I secured a good copy at a reasonable price.  How I wish I had foresight! -- Carl

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