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♫ The Beatles at the press conference in Memphis at the Mid South Coliseum, 1966


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  1. efwhite Posted on March 27, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    The American South had reacted strongly to John's earlier "The Beatles are bigger that Jesus" comment, and the second concert in Memphis was notable, as related in The Beatles Bible:

    "The anti-Beatles feelings were particularly strong in America's Bible belt, and a local preacher, the Reverend Jimmy Stroad, staged a rally outside the Coliseum. Six members of the Ku Klux Klan also picketed outside the venue wearing full robes.

    During their second Memphis concert an event which subsequently became known as the 'Cherry Bomb' incident took place. A cherry bomb firecracker was thrown onto the stage. The Beatles each looked at one another, thinking a shot had been fired and wondering who had been hit.

    'One night on a show in the South somewhere somebody let off a firecracker while we were on stage. There had been threats to shoot us, the Klan were burning Beatle records outside and a lot of the crew-cut kids were joining in with them. Somebody let off a firecracker and every one of us – I think it's on film – look at each other, because each thought it was the other that had been shot. It was that bad.'
    John Lennon, 1974
    Anthology
    The concert was recorded by two teenage girls; the tape reveals that the explosion took place during If I Needed Someone, and The Beatles finished the song with increased urgency. If there was a single catalyst that led them to the decision to quit touring, this may well have been it.

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  2. Beatle Brad Posted on March 28, 2018 at 1:26 am

    This is just great to see this wow and so young to :}.

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  3. Cee Jay Posted on March 28, 2018 at 2:17 am

    So much pressure. Once again those cheeky lads had to play it off as well as they could.

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  4. osbanglo Romero G. Posted on March 28, 2018 at 2:34 am

    Special Moments with the Beatles !! Incredible Photo-Gallery!

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  5. Pauline Garcia Posted on March 28, 2018 at 4:11 am

    They're so witty and funny! I've never heard this interview before. Thanks for posting. 💕

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  6. enrimt Posted on March 28, 2018 at 4:18 am

    Great photos Elena!

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  7. Michael O'Loughlin Posted on March 28, 2018 at 5:24 am

    Great photos but terrible sound!

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  8. Moist-Mike Posted on March 28, 2018 at 5:57 am

    Great pics Elena! Thank you (again!)

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  9. Vincent M Posted on March 28, 2018 at 8:49 am

    The audio was a little fuzzy but I loved the pictures. This was during the whole "greater than christ" controversy. John looked thinner pale and frankly scared in some of these pictures no longer the chubby cheeked wit from previous years. Paul looked confident and in some of these press conferences seemed to be the spokesman for the group. Both Paul and George were a great support to John. Ringo was quiet as if he was unhappy being thrust in the middle of controversy and just wanted to play his drums. Thanks again for your wonderful post!!

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  10. Robert Perala Posted on March 28, 2018 at 11:17 am

    Elena, all your posts on The Beatles are just amazing. There are so many photographs I have never seen before. Well done. Keep posting please!

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  11. Randy R Posted on March 30, 2018 at 3:04 am

    Have been to the Mid South Coliseum in Memphis . There wasn't much grace around Graceland in 66. Another case of people not understanding

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  12. Graham Taylor Posted on March 31, 2018 at 2:30 am

    Pity the audio quality isn't better. Very distorted and difficult to hear. But the pics are great. Thanks Elena.

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  13. Gee Kay Posted on April 4, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    poor sound; good pics

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  14. donald kelley Posted on April 11, 2018 at 1:10 am

    The fellows seem to try to have fun no matter what in '66. Good on them! Luv always!

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  15. Randal Toma Posted on June 11, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    At 2:42 John says they would've liked to have recorded the last LP in Memphis (REVOLVER) -but "little things came between it, like money"

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  16. elwin38 Posted on September 21, 2018 at 5:39 am

    10 days away from their last show. The guys wanted to visit Stax since they were trying to record Revolver there, but because of the protesting and threats, they were advised to stay at their hotel, do their shows, and get the hell out of Memphis. As soon as the 2nd show was over, they packed their bags and were gone.

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  17. raul macias Posted on March 6, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    Hello Elena, Thank You for the upload. Sadly. the audio is a little muffled and distorted. This press conference was given the day after George trimmed the back of John's hair. At 1:50 and 3:10 it is most obvious how terribly short George trimmed John's hair! Best Wishes! Raul.🙂 Quote by GEORGE HARRISON ~ "I wasn't Lennon, or I wasn't McCartney. I was me. And the only reason I started to write songs was because I thought", 'Well, if they can write them, I can write them.'

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