Beatles '64: D.C.'s Time In The Rock And Roll Spotlight

Beatles '64: D.C.'s Time In The Rock And Roll Spotlight

On Feb. 11, 1964, Washington, D.C. was thrown into the center of the musical universe when the Beatles played their first North American concert right in the heart of Washington, D.C.

Millions of Americans know exactly where they were when the Beatles first appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1964. But the concert that followed that legendary television appearance, the band's first ever in North America, is an often overlooked piece of musical -- and Washington D.C.'s -- history. Kojo chats with a man whose father booked the Beatles to play that 1964 show at Washington Coliseum, along with a lifelong friend who attended the concert with him, and ponders its legacy both locally and globally.

Guests

Sam Brylawski

Consultant, National Jukebox Project, Library of Congress; Editor and Project Manager, Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Recordings (EDVR)

J. Freedom du Lac

Enterprise Reporter, The Washington Post

John Lynn

Attorney; Son of Harry Lynn, Owner of Washington Coliseum

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Remembering The Beatles' First U.S. Concert At The Washington Coliseum

Fifty years ago in February 1964, the Beatles made their U.S. concert debut at the Washington Coliseum, now known as the Uline Arena, in Northeast D.C. John Lynn's father, Harry, owned the historic venue, and John recounts attending the concert with his brother as a young boy. "It was all pretty much of a fluke," John says about how Harry booked the band. While it was an exciting experience for the brothers and their friends, John says he didn't understand at the time how fortunate he was to see the Beatles at this particular venue. He describes meeting the band and getting their autograph, a memento he treasures today. "I say that I became a lifelong music fan, especially rock and roll, after that."

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