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Live: New Orleans

The Beatles' whirlwind visit to New Orleans lasted less than 24 hours, as they played their one and only concert there on September 16th 1964. 12,000 lucky ticket holders saw the band perform at the City Park Stadium.

New Orleans was a chaotic visit for the Beatles from the get-go. Their plane was due to land and a helicopter fly them to the their hotel, the Congress Inn. But the chopper had mechanical problems so limousines were arranged to collect the Beatles; the only trouble was they were sent to the wrong airport, forcing their pilot to divert the plane to meet with the limousines. 

After they finally got to their hotel room John, Paul George and Ringo held up there until the show. The boys wanted to meet New Orleans born Fats Domino; this was arranged my manager Brian Epstein and Domino agreed to meet them in their dressing room at City Park Stadium just before they went on stage. 

"Fats Domino we admired. We met him in New Orleans. He had a very big diamond watch in the shape of a star, which was very impressive."

- Paul McCartney

 

The Beatles at City Park Stadium, New orleans, September 16th 1964.

The Beatles at City Park Stadium, New orleans, September 16th 1964.

The Beatles at City Park Stadium, New orleans, September 16th 1964.

The Beatles at City Park Stadium, New orleans, September 16th 1964.

Ringo Starr at City Park Stadium, New orleans, September 16th 1964.

Ringo Starr at City Park Stadium, New orleans, September 16th 1964.

Fans and police at City Park Stadium, New orleans, September 16th 1964.

Fans and police at City Park Stadium, New orleans, September 16th 1964.

Beatle fans at City Park Stadium, New orleans, September 16th 1964.

Beatle fans at City Park Stadium, New orleans, September 16th 1964.

The Beatles' press conference in New orleans, September 16th 1964.

The Beatles' press conference in New orleans, September 16th 1964.

The Beatles' press conference in New orleans, September 16th 1964.

The Beatles' press conference in New orleans, September 16th 1964.

Ticket for the Beatles' performance at City Park Stadium, New orleans, September 16th 1964.

Ticket for the Beatles' performance at City Park Stadium, New orleans, September 16th 1964.

Poster for the Beatles' performance at City Park Stadium, New orleans, September 16th 1964.

Poster for the Beatles' performance at City Park Stadium, New orleans, September 16th 1964.

The Beatles with Fats Domino before their performance at City Park Stadium, New orleans, September 16th 1964.

The Beatles with Fats Domino before their performance at City Park Stadium, New orleans, September 16th 1964.

Cynthia Powell is born

Cynthia Powell was born in Blackpool, Lancashire on September 10th 1939. The first wife of John Lennon and mother of their son Julian, Powell grew up in Holyoke, in the Wirral Peninsula of Northwest England. 

Cynthia was a budding young artist and at age 12 was accepted into Junior Art School. Later she enrolled in the Liverpool College of Art. It was there she met John Lennon who was also attending, and began a relationship with the turbulent young teen. After Powell became pregnant with Julian the couple were married on August 23rd 1962, at the Mount Pleasant register office in Liverpool.

On July 15th 1964 John bought Kenwood; a home in the Surrey town of Weybridge. It was there the couple lived with son Julian, until 1968 when John and Cynthia divorced

Cynthia Lennon 1964; photo by Astrid Kirchherr.  

Cynthia Lennon 1964; photo by Astrid Kirchherr.  

Cynthia Lennon 1964; photo by Astrid Kirchherr.  

Cynthia Lennon 1964; photo by Astrid Kirchherr.