This day in HISTOROCK !!
In 1964, The Beatles arrived in Adelaide, Australia and were greeted by an estimated 250,000 fans, who lined the ten mile route from the airport to the city centre !! The group gave their first four shows in Australia at the Centennial Hall, Adelaide over two nights, and of course playing: I Saw Her Standing There, I Want To Hold Your Hand, All My Loving, She Loves You, Till There Was You, Roll Over Beethoven, Can't Buy Me Love, This Boy, Long Tall Sally and Twist And Shout !! Temporary member Jimmy Nicol was standing in for Ringo on drums who was recovering from having his tonsils removed. Nicol had been recommended by Beatles producer George Martin and was hastily recruited to fill the drummer’s seat, learning the songs in one day’s rehearsal !! On the ride from the airport to their hotel, The Beatles were in an open-topped milk truck in the pouring rain, to wave at the thousands of fans who lined the streets !! Nearing the Sheridan Hotel in the centre of Sydney, a woman ran up to the truck and passed her six-year old mentally handicapped child into the arms of Paul McCartney, who comforted the child before handing him back to his mother, who was still running behind. “He’s better! Oh he’s better!”, sobbed the woman, whose child had been touched by a Beatle !! When you think about the population of the world back then as compared to now, the size of the crowd was "mindboggling" !! BEATLEMANIA !!
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