New York City (JFK+50) A half-century ago this evening, August 15, 1965, the British rock group, "The Beatles", performed at Shea Stadium here in New York City before 55,600 fans.
The "Fab Four," promoted by Sid Bernstein, were introduced by television host Ed Sullivan who said to the crowd...
"Now, Ladies and Gentlemen, honored by their country, decorated by their Queen and loved here in America, here are the Beatles."
According to NBC News, the Shea performance was before the "largest concert crowd in history at that time..." while Rolling Stone describes it as the most "famous gig in rock and roll history."
The Beatles stood on a "rickety stage" set up just behind second base in the Mets' infield. Like most of their concerts, the band was difficult to hear because of the screaming fans.
Ringo Starr, the band's drummer, recalled later that "we were so far from the audience."
The New York Daily News described it this way...
"Our Mets have displayed their antic behavior before some good crowds...but last night's turnaway mob of shrieking teenagers tested the solidity of the ball park as they flocked to see Britain's moptop quartet in concert. Scores were injured in the crush or overcome by the humid heat..."
The group performed the following tunes in the order listed...
Twist and Shout
She's A Woman
I Feel Fine
Dizzy Miss Lizzy
Ticket to Ride
Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby
Can't Buy Me Love
Baby's In Black
A Hard Day's Night
"50 Years Ago Today: Hysteria as Beatles Play Shea Stadium," NBC News, August 14, 2015, www.nbcnews.com/
"Why the Beatles' Shea Stadium Show Was Even Greater Than You Know," by Colin Fleming, Rolling Stone, August 14, 2015, www.rollingstone.com/
The Beatles Perform at Shea Stadium