Live: Olympia Theatre, Paris

 The Beatles perform at the Olympia Theatre, Paris, January 1964.

The Beatles perform at the Olympia Theatre, Paris, January 1964.

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

Set list

  1. From Me to You
  2. Roll Over Beethoven
  3. She Loves You
  4. This Boy
  5. Boys
  6. I Want to Hold Your Hand
  7. Twist and Shout
  8. Long Tall Sally
 The Beatles perform at the Olympia Theatre, Paris, January 1964.

The Beatles perform at the Olympia Theatre, Paris, January 1964.

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
 The Beatles perform at the Olympia Theatre, Paris, January 1964.

The Beatles perform at the Olympia Theatre, Paris, January 1964.

 The Beatles perform at the Olympia Theatre, Paris, January 1964.

The Beatles perform at the Olympia Theatre, Paris, January 1964.

 The Beatles in Paris, January 1964.

The Beatles in Paris, January 1964.

 Paul McCartney, George Harrison and John Lennon in Paris, 1964.

Paul McCartney, George Harrison and John Lennon in Paris, 1964.

 The Beatles perform at the Olympia Theatre, Paris, January 1964.

The Beatles perform at the Olympia Theatre, Paris, January 1964.

 The Beatles in Paris, January 1964. 

The Beatles in Paris, January 1964. 

 The Beatles at the George V Hotel in Paris, January 1964. 

The Beatles at the George V Hotel in Paris, January 1964. 

 The Beatles at the George V Hotel in Paris, January 1964.

The Beatles at the George V Hotel in Paris, January 1964.

 Paul McCartney and George Harrison in Paris, January 1964. 

Paul McCartney and George Harrison in Paris, January 1964. 

 The Beatles in Paris, January 1964. 

The Beatles in Paris, January 1964. 

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