Live: Olympia Theatre, Paris
On January 16th 1964, The Beatles began 18 days of concerts at the Olympia Theatre in Paris; staying at the George V Hotel.
"On the first night, we had a bit of trouble because we suddenly found out that there was a radio programme just sort of plugging into everything. They had overloaded all the amps, and they all went 'Bomf!' They like the wilder stuff over there, so we stuck in a wilder number to finish off with." - Paul McCartney
- From Me to You
- Roll Over Beethoven
- She Loves You
- This Boy
- I Want to Hold Your Hand
- Twist and Shout
- Long Tall Sally
The Beatles score their first US number one
After their first night in Paris The Beatles retired back to The George V Hotel, where manager Brian Epstein received a telegram from Capitol Records, informing him that I Want to Hold You Hand reached number one in the US. Epstein was ecstatic and immediately rushed in to tell the boys,.
Shortly after the telegram Brian was contacted by a Detroit promoter in the US, who offered him $10,000 for The Beatles to play a single concert!
"A telegram came through to Brian from Capitol Records of America. He came running in to the room saying, 'Hey, look. You are number one in America!' I Want To Hold Your Hand had gone to number one.
Well, I can't describe our response. We all tried to climb onto Big Mal's back to go round the hotel suite: 'Wey-hey!' And that was it, we didn't come down for a week." - Paul McCartney
"We couldn't believe it. We all just started acting like people from Texas, hollering and shouting, 'Ya-hoo!'; I think that was the night we finished up sitting on a bench by the Seine; just the four of us and Neil. In those days we'd promise Neil £20,000 if he'd go for a swim. He'd go for a swim and we'd say, 'No, sorry.'" - Ringo Starr