Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Beatles in Paris

































The long-awaited update: Here are various photos from the Beatles' 1964 visit to Paris, scanned from various issues of The Beatles Book.

The Beatles' first visit to Paris, from January 14 to February 5, 1964, (as a group - John and Paul had ventured there before in September of 1961) proved to be quite a challenge as they faced their most restrained/least enthusiastic audiences at the Olympia. Most were in attendance to see French chanteuse Sylvia Vartan, not quite yet succumbing to Beatlemania. Instead of screaming young girls, the Beatles performed for a venue filled with young men and wealthy socialites.

On January 15th, John, Paul and George could freely walk along the Champs-Elysees for the benefit of photographers without being besieged by eager fans; only one girl approached Paul for an autograph.

On the night of January 16th, the Beatles received the exciting news that "I Want to Hold Your Hand" would soon be declared the number one single in the U.S. Cashbox chart.

I'll be posting more photos from the Paris visit later...

6 comments:

Carmen said...

Hi! Just wanted to share that beginning June 11, 2010 there will be a limited amount number of performances for Sgt Pepper Live featuring Cheap Trick. It will be held at the Paris Las Vegas Theatre inside the Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. I'm reallly excited and wanted to spread the word! Maybe I'll see you there!

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xgiggles729x said...

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Sigurd Solsort said...

I've heard about this John Lennon figure. Maybe i should give him a try sometime.

The Tattoo Blog Guy said...

Nice post
Thats a lot of pictures. I really dig the Beatles.

Been looking for a video of John and Yoko talking about how the universe is like a bowl of cookie dough and you are either on the spoon on not.

Anywho, I look forward to checking out your blog.

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