Friday, 26 February 2021

Largest crowd to greet The Beatles?

 Outside the Southern Cross Hotel in Melbourne, June 1964.

An estimated 300,000 greeted The Beatles in Melbourne in June 1964. The Queen had only attracted half that number the preceding year. Aussie Beatlemania was particularly intense for the Melbourne stop because it marked the return of Ringo. 

The drummer had been hospitalised a few days before  the start of the tour. This had caused consternation amongst Beatle fans, but now he was climbing off his sickbed in London to join his buddies down under.

Despite the impending adulation down under, Ringo did not enjoy his long flight. 

The flight was horrendous... It’s... a hell of a long way. I remember the plane felt like a disaster area to me.

His fans, however, clearly thought the effort worthwhile.


One person perhaps less thrilled by Ringo's return was replacement drummer, Jimmy Nichol. He was already on his way back to London and obscurity, after a few weeks in the celebrity sun - read more
 

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