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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 14, 1965 (Saturday)

Studio 50, New York City, USA

The Beatles traveled to North America for the 3rd time, and their 2nd full concert tour, departing from London Airport with a lusty au revoir from one thousand fans at noon on August 13th, arriving in New York at 2:30 pm local time and setting up residence at the Warwick Hotel on Manhattan until the morning of the 17th.

Their first engagement - after the obligatory press conference, was the taping of an insert for The Ed Sullivan Show. The Beatles didn't perform any TV duties during their August/September 1964 tour and it was now 18 months since those three February 1964 top-rated spots on Sullivan's Sunday night variety series.

During this morning, the Beatles returned to the scene of their triumphant Sullivan debut, CBS-TV's Studio 50, located at Broadway and West 53rd St, rehearsing from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm and then taping from 8:30 pm, also before an audience. They performed six songs live (the same six in same order that they had played on Blackpool Night Out a fortnight previously): "I Feel Fine", "I'm Down", "Act Naturally", "Ticket To Ride", "Yesterday" and "Help!". There was a clear break after "Act Naturally", the Beatles returning for the final three songs and a different stage setting.

Source: The Complete Beatles Chronicle - Mark Lewisohn

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