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The Beatles played their one and only Florida concert in Jacksonville in 1964

10:21 PM, May 9, 2013   |    comments
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Souvenir from the Beatles appearance in Jacksonville. Photo sent in by Peggy McKenzie of Callahan.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It's amazing what you can find rummaging through the tape vault at First Coast News.
         
You could more or less close your eyes, pick any tape at random and come away with an interesting story to revisit.
         
The FCN archive revealed a fascinating moment in American history, especially to Beatles fans.

It was 1964 and the British Invasion landed on Florida's shores, specifically in Jacksonville.

The Beatles were scheduled to play at the Gator Bowl on September 11, 1964. Hurricane Dora hit the Jacksonville more or less directly on September 10.

Remnants of Dora made it so windy that Ringo's drum set had to be nailed down to the stage.

First Coast News found in its archives a news conference the Beatles held before their one and only Jacksonville concert, which was also their one and only Florida concert. During the conference, the Liverpool had a  cheeky Q&A with a reporter from Tampa, which you'll see in the video above.
         
The concert was only about 30 minutes long. After that half hour, the public announcement system announced the Beatles were going to take a break. The announcement was a diversion so the band could make a safe exit -- remember this was the height of Beatlemania.
          
By the time the crowd realized the show was over, John, Paul, George and Ringo were well on their way to Imeson Field for the flight to Boston.

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