www.memphisrocknsoul.org/beatlesBefore arriving in Memphis for their August 19, 1966 concerts, The Beatles ...
The support acts were The Remains, Bobby Hebb, The Cyrkle and The Ronettes.
THE BEATLES AND BOBBY HEBB IN MEMPHIS
August 19, 1966: The Beatles play in Memphis at the Mid-South Coliseum
John Lennon recalled "that's when I knew, that was the last tour" after someone threw fireworks on stage during the last of two shows while playing If I Needed Someone
By John Beifuss from The Memphis Commercial Appeal.
Published in the Tennessean, Aug 20, 2006
For each Memphis show, the Beatles performed 11 songs in about 28 minutes, after almost two hours of music from an interesting roster of opening acts: the Ronettes; Boston garage greats the Remains; Pennsylvania bubblegum popsters the Cyrkle ("Red Rubber Ball"); and Nashville R&B singer Bobby Hebb ("Sunny"). The first show attracted 7,589 fans; the second, 12,539. Disc Jockey George Klein and Johnny Dark acted as master of ceremonies. When The Beatles took the stage, "It kind of
reminded me of the movie "King Kong" when all the flashbulbs started going off," Dark later remembered. "There were so many flashbulbs it was almost like a strobe light." Onstage, the Beatles - wearing "modish dull/grey suits" in the afternoon and "dark green creations with chartreuse shirts" at night, according to the local newspaper - exchanged such familiar hits as "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "A Hard Days Night" for mostly newer material. The songs performed in Memphis
apparently were "Rock And Roll Music", "She's A Woman", "If I Needed Someone", "Day Tripper", "Baby's In Black", "I Feel Fine", "Yesterday", "I Wanna Be Your Man", "Nowhere Man", "Paperback Writer", and "Long Tall Sally".
RE: August 19, 1966
(04-27-2010 11:08 PM)Native Georgian Wrote:No he's not country. R&B. I did forget that the Ronettes were there. Bobby Hebb was a name that had slipped my mind.
http://www.examiner.com/article/exclusive-beatles-scary-moment-at-66-memphis-show-46-years-ago-today-recalled“All in all, it was a great day for me as I was finally realizing my big dream of seeing The Beatles live! Not counting the Apple rooftop performance, they would perform live in concert just five more times as The Beatles.”
According to Mark Lewisohn's “The Beatles Live,” neither show was a sellout, with the early show only filling 10,000 of the 13,300 seats. (Attendance for the second show was 12,500.)
A tape of the show circulates among collectors. In the video spot at left, you can hear the bang of the firecracker about 1:10 into "If I Needed Someone." The audience screams. It's a frightening moment even to hear it on the poor quality tape. But the group somehow managed...
- Paperback: 142 pages
- Publisher: Dowling Pr (August 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0964645246
- ISBN-13: 978-0964645240
- Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.3 x 0.5 inches
By john r. newbrough on January 13, 2002
Format: PaperbackThis little book is an extraordinary chronicle of the Beatles' second tour in 1966 as told by the leader, Barry Tashian, of the opening band, The Remains. Tashian's father, anticipating the potential historical importance of the tour, sugggested he keep a journal. Tashian did that and also took photos. In the book, he builds a story line around the chronology of the concerts, presenting for each concert a photo of the city, tickets, journal entries, photographs of the musicians, fan mail and incidental information from a variety of published sources. I got the clear view of a traveling troup presented by an insider, and I could imagine what it must have been like making this trip as one of the entourage.