The Beatles in Miami
On February 14th 1964, The Beatles rehearsed for their second appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, at the Deauville Hotel in Miami, Florida. On this same day they took part in a Life Magazine photo shoot in the swimming pool of a Capitol Records executive
"We'd told Brian we wanted a pool, and a guy from a record company had one. Looking back, it was quite a modest little pool for Miami. Not a huge affair. We would go round there in the afternoon and not get bothered. It was great – four Liverpool lads, you know: 'Get your cozzies on.' Life magazine was taking photos of us swimming". - Paul McCartney
After the photo shoot the band took a tour around Miami Harbour and were given a loan of a speedboat by Bernard Castro. Later John, Paul, George and Ringo visited a number of nightclubs in their hotel, watching Don Rickles, Myron Cohen and singer Carol Lawrence perform.
"People were lending us yachts, anything we wanted. There were two great things in Florida. One: I was taken to my first drive-in in a Lincoln Continental by two very nice young ladies. Two: a family lent us their boat and let me drive. It was a sixty-foot speedboat, which I proceeded to bring into port head-on, not really knowing much about driving speedboats.
They have those pretty rails on the front, and I bent the bugger all over the place. But they didn't seem to mind, you know; they were just happy!" - Ringo Starr