★SCAN 〜 Ringo 1968
These girls are the American newscaster from CBS Evening News at the time, Walter Cronkrite’s daughters. According to legend, Ed Sullivan asked Cronkrite what he thought about the Beatles prior to having them on his show. Walter asked his teen-aged girls about the guys, and they started to scream. So Ed made sure the teens had tickets to see the Beatles play on his show as well has a chance to meet them (pictured here). Kathy was 13 and Nancy was 15 when they met the Beatles in 1964. Kathy was quoted at the time as saying, “their accents are so heavenly and their hair is so adorable. Our father doesn’t really like our reaction very much, but we can’t help it.”
Rushing out from the Wells Fargo van which had driven them into the stadium, The Beatles finally sprinted through a tunnel, out into a deafening wall of screams.
The two thousand policemen, in charge of the security in the stadium, were driven mad by the shouting and stirring crowd at Shea Stadium. Vox had made some new and big special amplifiers devoted to the Beatles’ tour. The usual power for such amplifiers was 30 W; now they were able to deliver a huge 100 W. But that was still insufficient, the crowd screaming was stronger.
Fans were screaming all along the show and could hear almost nothing from the Beatles’ performance and it didn’t matter, they wanted to see The Beatles, nothing more… This was a problem for the Fabulous Four who could neither hear what they played. They had to look at each other to check whether they were still synchronised, unable to rely on Ringo’s beat or on anyone else playing. This was particularly hard for Ringo who stood behind the three others and who couldn’t neither see them, nor hear them.
When Paul started to perform I’m Down, John suddenly decided to react againt the crazy hysteria. He stopped playing seriously and went himself into a mad and funny performance, playing on the harmonium using his elbows - a la Jerry Lee Lewis. This funny sequence resulted in disturbing George who began to laugh and was soon unable to go on playing correctly, but who cared?
A magazine called John Lennon: A Man Who Cared, published by Paradise Press shortly after John was murdered in December, 1980
September 12, 1964 - The Beatles in Boston for the first time. The usual obligatory press conference was held at the Hotel Madison.