When the Beatles invaded Houston
They only played for 35 minutes. But during that time, they were pelted with paper, keys and jelly beans.
The Beatles put on two shows at the Sam Houston Coliseum on Aug. 19, 1965. Billed as KILT's "Sixth Annual Back-to-School Show," ticket prices were $5. Russ Knight -- The Weird Beard -- was master of ceremonies.
Much has been written about their stop in Houston. The Chronicle's coverage can be found here. Images of the tickets (and the newspaper ad seen here) can be found here.
I've provided an MP3 from the show. This file contains four minutes from a recording made from the Beatles' 3:30 p.m. show. The file fades out at the beginning of "Twist and Shout." What's important is the level of screaming inside the arena leading up to when they took the stage!
Some tidbits from the local media that covered the event:
- John Lennon, speaking at a press conference at the Sheraton-Lincoln hotel:
- Some girls donned maids' uniforms to sneak into the hotel:
- A gaggle of teenagers swarmed around the Beatles' chartered airplane after it landed at Houston International Airport. Some managed to walk on the wings and knock on the windows.
"Terrified," said Ringo Starr.