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Beatles Day in New Orleans

The year is 1956. John Lennon, age 15, has gone to a friend’s house during a school lunch break to hear a rhythm and blues record made in New Orleans. He is stunned speechless. A likewise youthful George Harrison is walking across a Liverpool street when he hears Fats Domino’s “I’m In Love Again” drifting from someone’s window. It’s the first rock and roll song he has ever heard, and it would be a moment he would remember the rest of his life-“It touched somewhere deep in me."

Beatles Day in New Orleans is a book about the unique relationship between the Beatles and America’s most important musical city. It begins in a little recording studio on the outskirts of the French Quarter which produces the records that cross the Atlantic into the appreciative young hands of John, Paul, George and Ringo.

By the summer of 1964, the Beatles are embarking on their first American tour, at the height of the craziness known as Beatlemania. They are very much looking forward to their stop in New Orleans, where they will have a chance to meet Fats Domino, the humble man from the 9th Ward who so influenced their careers. Police brace themselves and area newspapers disperse specially deputized teen “reporters” to cover the spectacle. It’s A Hard Day’s Night in New Orleans, culminating in the wildest concert of the tour. Then an unlikely hero, the bald-headed little mayor with the pencil thin mustache, steps into the spotlight to memorialize “the day the Beatles came to town,” in a way as unique as the City of New Orleans itself.

 

Quotes from the book are in My Works

Paul "Wooo's" the crowd at City Park Stadium, New Orleans. Photo by Ted Rozumalski.