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The Fab Four Plays Ten

Published by Steve Campion. Category: Arts, Culture & Media

The Beatles landed in the US in February of 1964, starting the famed British Invasion of the 60s. But that trip lasted only a week and was largely for TV exposure.  When the Fab Four returned to North America for a proper concert tour, Seattle was the third stop on a 4-week, 26-gig trip into Beatlemania.  The rock music world was never the same.

That Seattle concert, 47 years ago today (1964 Aug 21), filled the Seattle Center Coliseum with 14,300 screaming fans at $5.00 a ticket.  There were four opening acts before radio disc jockey Pat O’Day introduced the stars of the show.  John, Paul, George, and Ringo took the stage just before 9:30 pm and quickly played the 10 songs that we listed below.  (I’m not certain of the live performances, but according to the times on my iPod, the recorded version of “Roll Over Beethoven” is the longest song in the set, coming in at 2:45.  The 10-song total is less than 24 minutes.)

The band skipped Seattle the following year (though they made it to Portland), and returned for two concerts in one day, 1966 Aug 25.  Ironically, after Seattle was the 3rd stop on their first US tour in 1964, it was the 3rd to the last stop on their final tour anywhere in 1966.  Only Los Angeles and San Francisco — and maybe a rooftop in London — ever hosted a Beatles concert again.

SONGS PLAYED BY THE BEATLES IN SEATTLE, 1964

  1. All My Lovin’
  2. Twist and Shout
  3. You Can’t Do That
  4. She Loves You
  5. Can’t Buy Me Love
  6. If I Fell
  7. I Wanna Hold Your Hand
  8. Boys
  9. Roll Over Beethoven
  10. Long Tall Sally

PHOTO of the Beatles in 1964 from the Library of Congress

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2 Responses to “The Fab Four Plays Ten”

  1. Joan Says:

    I knew they weren’t around as a group too long but those figures are really surprising. Seems they have been going strong for decades though. Their music definitely lives on.

  2. listguy Says:

    After a few years playing clubs, they hit it big in late ’63, toured the world 1964-66, then retired to studio recording until their break-up in early 1970. So they were a band for the better part of a decade, but toured only briefly. It’s understandable considering the chaos that engulfed them everywhere the went. But, yes, I agree; their music lives on. More than four decades have gone by and most of the songs on this playlist are still well-known.