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MAPLE LEAF GARDEN Fifty Years Of History , Hardcover, 1981, includes photos, dj IN ROUGH SHAPEj ..dj IS TAPE REPAIRED Stan Obodiac, Director of Publicity for Maple Leaf Gardens and the Toronto Maple Leafs, has drawn on over twenty-three years of anecdotes and memories to assemble a book that shines with personalities, showmanship and just plain fun. Remember "He shoots! He scores!" By, i93i, Poster Hewitt's distinctive play-by-play broadcast' of Maple Leaf games had so stirred Toronto's hockey-crazy fans that the Leafs' old rink couldn't hold the crawds. It was the height of the Depres- sion, and it was estimated that a new arena would cost $L5 million. Conn Smythe, the team's en- terprising managing director, 'gambled that he could find the money to build a new sports pal- ace. He found it, construction began on May i, I93h and the Gardens stood completed five months later. The Leafs played their first game on Nov- ember is and carried off their first of many Stan- ley Cups that season. Maple Leaf Gardens takes a fascinating look at the ,personalities and events that have made the Gardens Canada's most famous building. It is~ the interesting story of the building of the Gar- dens and of the hockey greats who have played there. It is also, in many ways, the story of pop- ular entertainment in Canada from i93i to 98i. ,OVer ioo million people have been entertained by ballet, opera, circuses, skating extravaganzas and concerts of all sorts, in addition to almost every kind of sporting event from boxing and tyres- fling tq,. bicycle racing. The arena has also been the site of political and religious rallies, benefits in support of ti e war effort, community events such as Brownie and Boy Scout pageants, and service club fund-raisers. This nostalgic book will remind sports fans of the Leafs' h„~h-scoring Kid Line, of George Chuvalo going the distance with Muhammad Ali or of Vitas Gerulaitas defeating Bjorn Borg. Rock fans will remember attending an Elvis P'resley con- cert, or waiting hours in line for Beatles' tickets. Still others will recall dancing at a Simpson's~ Teen-Town Time dance, or thrilling to a Metro- politan Opera performance of Aida. For those who have not been to the Gardens, it will provide a fun-filled journey down memory lane. Maple Leaf Gardens contains a detailed chronol- ogy of the milestones.in the history of the Gar• dens for the trivia b~ and is lavishly illustrated with over I75 bl and white, and 22 colours photographs_
Live: Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Canada4:00pm, Wednesday 17 August 1966
The sixth date of The Beatles' final tour took place at the Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto. It was their only Canadian stop on the tour.
Two concerts took place. The first took place at 4pm and was seen by 15,000 people, and the second began at 8pm and was attended by 17,000. The Beatles had played at Maple Leaf Gardens on two prior occasions, on 7 September 1964 and 17 August 1965.
Support acts for the tour were The Remains, Bobby Hebb, The Cyrkle and The Ronettes. The Beatles' standard set throughout the tour consisted of 11 songs: 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 I'm Down. During the tour they occasionally substituted the final song with Long Tall Sally.
After the show The Beatles spent the night in Toronto before flying to Boston on 18 August 1966.
Following their August 17th shows, the Beatles would stay overnight in Toronto, leaving on the afternoon of the 18th for Boston where they would perform for one show at Suffolk Downs.
- Jay Spangler, www.beatlesinterviews.org
TONY BARROW: (yelling) "May we please have quiet before we start with questioning!"
Q: "First question for John. This tremendous enthusiasm of youth, if it were channelled into good causes, would have a tremendous effect. How about the Beatles starting a 'Feed The World's Hungry' fund through the United Nations?"
JOHN: "Well, you know. It's an idea. We can't just say yes or no now."
Q: "And the second positive question -- What are some of the positive elements of Christianity at its best that you feel you can support?"
JOHN: "The basic ideas of Christianity. We suport that."
Q: "Would you recommend them to young people?"
JOHN: "I'd recommend them for anybody. Old people as well, you know."
JOHN: "Especially, yeah."
Bobby Hebb's Concert Performance with The Beatles show
1)Crazy Baby (Bobby Hebb)
2)For You (Van McCoy)
3)Good Good Lovin (Mann/Weil)
4)Got My Mojo Working (Preston Foster, made famous by Muddy Waters)
5)Sunny (Bobby Hebb) backed up by Barry & The Remains on all songs
The Beatles Set List
Heroes & Legends created an interesting Beatles collectible concerning the Maple Leaf Gardens show