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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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HERB HOLIDAY

Herb Holiday was a New Orleans radio DJ, promoter, and former race car driver. Although diminutive in stature, he did not shy away from taking on the biggest act of all time, although the price of the Beatles gave him sticker shock. On April 16, 1964, he signed the Fab Four to play in New Orleans City Park Stadium (now Tad Gormley Stadium).

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THE BEATLES ARE COMING TO NEW ORLEANS!

Several cities made offers to the Beatles booking agency for the September 16th date on their first tour of the U.S., among them: Miami, Norfolk, Washington, D.C., Charlotte, Atlanta, Louisville, Memphis, and Nashville. But the birthplace of rhythm & blues won out!

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ABBEY ROAD

Everyone who visits Abbey Road wants their photo taken walking across the famous crosswalk, including my wife, Myra and I.

On August 8th, 1969, the photo shoot for the iconic album cover took place. 50 years later, there is a constant throng of fans walking across the famous crosswalk just outside the Beatles recording studio. You can catch them on the live cam at:

 

https://www.earthcam.com/world/england/london/abbeyroad/….

 

Best to look at it in the morning because of the time difference.
 

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COSIMO'S STUDIO

In 1946, nineteen-year-old Cosimo Matassa opened up J&M Recording Service, a recording studio located on the outskirts of the French Quarter. Cosimo (pronounced "Cosmo"), had no previous experience as a recording engineer and the studio was nothing more than a little room in the back of a record/home appliance store with some primitive recording equipment. His original intentions were to make recordings for his customer's personal use, but independent record labels, attracted by the abundance of musical talent in New Orleans, would soon be seeking him out to capture the first sounds of rock n' roll. Photo courtesy of the Cosimo Matassa Family.

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