On August 18th 1964, The Beatles flew from London to San Francisco to kick off their 25-date American tour.
9,000 fans greeted them at San Francisco International, where police struggled to contain the mania. After a brief appearance on an erected platform, the boys were quickly bundled into their limousine and driven to the Hilton Hotel.
"We would go to bars or clubs - or on police-car drives; drive with the cops. The police were very good to us in those days, because they would take all the pills or stuff off the kids and give it to me. I loved the police!
There was one time in San Francisco which was great. We went to a bar and Dale Robertson was there. I mean, Dale Robertson! It was, 'Hey, Dale, how you doing?' - 'I'm fine.' We were having a drink and then they said, 'OK, that's the end, everyone has to leave the bar.' California closes down at 2am; that's the end of the night. So they closed the bar and the barman and everyone went out and then we went back in and carried on. I loved all that." - Ringo Starr