MUSIC MUSEUM OF NEW ENGLAND REVIEW OF BEATLES AT SUFFOLK DOWNS
BILL HANLEY SOUND,
THE BEATLES AT SUFFOLK DOWNS
Medford's 'Father of Festival Sound' Bill Hanley featured in new documentaryWhen Hanley provided sound for about 10 concert dates of the 1966 U.S. Beatles tour, he used a 600-watt amplifier he acquired from a World War II naval vessel to boost the sound.
“He was taking existing equipment and adapting it to a new industry - outdoor sound,” said Kane.
After Woodstock in 1969, a combination of competitors stealing Hanley’s ideas and a backlash of negative public opinion and local governments cracking down on music festivals made it harder for Hanley to make money in the festival business.