Monday, February 13, 2012

The Beatles visit Miami Beach Feb., 1964

The Beatles arrive in Miami, Feb. 13, 1964.

They stop by the 5th Street Gym a few days later to clown around with Cassius Clay.

Photograph by Charles Trainor, Sr.

Photograph by John Loengard.
John Loengard tells the story of this famous photograph (above) in his book, "As I See It": "Four high school kids, the kind with fuzzy chins, on their first trip to America, arrived in Florida during a cold snap. We could not find a heated pool that could be closed off from the rest of the press, so we settled for one that was not. The kids’ manager told them the cover of LIFE magazine was important and to get in the water. They did. I asked them to sing. They sang, each in his own way. They started turning blue. I said that was it. If the pool had been heated, I’d have a longer story to tell." This image appeared in LIFE magazine: February 28, 1964. This black and white print is processed from a negative created from the orignal color transparency.

LIFE Magazine, Feb. 28, 1964.
(Click here to enlarge image.)

The Beatles' second Ed Sullivan Show, 8.00pm, Sunday 16 February 1964. One week after their record-breaking debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Beatles made their second live appearance. A rehearsal took place at 2pm, which was filmed but not broadcast. The performance took place at The Beatles' Miami hotel, the Deauville, from 8pm-9pm, in front of an audience of 2,600. CBS had given out 3,500, and police had to calm angry ticket holders who were denied entry.


  1. Thanks for that. Very cool. The Beatles live were tighter than many bands in the studio! The pix and the video of Paul w a cigarette standing on his suitcase was a new one.

    1. Loved it!!! Still love those Beatles!!! Reminds me of better happier times. Thank you.

    2. I'm so glad you liked the post, Ann. Getting a lot of visitors today. And that makes it all worth it.


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