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Clarence "Frogman" Henry joins the Beatles Tour

On September 2, 1964, New Orleans rhythm and blues artist Clarence "Frogman" Henry joined the Beatles tour as an opening act, in replacement of the Righteous Brothers, who quit the tour after one too many nights of "WE WANT THE BEATLES!"

Frogman came from a musical family and some of his earliest memories were the sounds of his father sitting in bed at night, playing the guitar, and singing to his mother lying beside him.

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Yes, Virginea, there will be a Beatles Day in New Orleans

Mayor Vic Schiro "OK's" the memo of his secretary, Virginea Burguiere, to proclaim September 16, 1964, Beatles Day in New Orleans.
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THE BEATLES BEGIN THEIR FIRST AMERICAN TOUR

"My God, let's get 'em outta here before somebody gets killed!"

—August 19th, 1964

 The Beatles arrive at the San Francisco airport for their first concert date of their American tour. Five thousand fans are waiting. As soon as the Fab Four step onto a wooden platform surrounded by a five-foot chain-link fence to greet the crowd, a title wave of fans surge against the fence, some trying to climb over. "My God, let's get 'em outta here before somebody gets killed!" yells a police official, and the Beatles are loaded into their limousine and beat a hasty retreat, moments before the fence collapses. It was a sign of things to come.

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BEATLES REFUSE TO PLAY BEFORE SEGREGATED AUDIENCES

We never play to segregated audiences, and we're not going to start now."
—John Lennon during the '64 tour

During the spring of 1964, when the contracts with local promoters for the North American Tour were being negotiated, the Civil Rights Act had not yet become law, but the Beatles were adamant that they would not play if the audience was segregated, and their performance contracts included a clause to that effect.

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