The Woody Gutherie Center in Tulsa has caught Beatlemania.
To help celebrate the 51st anniversary of the Fab Four’s arrival in America, the center teamed up with The Grammy Museum in L.A. and the Fab Four exhibits to bring Ladies and Gentleman… The Beatles to town.
The exhibit shows the musical significance that the group had on America. Bob Santelli, the executive director of the Grammy museum said…”As social history, Beatlemania turned America upside down, inspiring new ideas in music, fashion, art, literature and film..The exhibit explores that impact ..“
We visited the center on Friday afternoon to get a glimpse of the exhibit. We were treated to original Beatles material, memorabilia, tour artifacts, records, videos and even a drum kit where you could be taught to play by Ringo Starr. I totally sucked at it, realizing I have no coordination… NONE, ZERO.
Besides walking away enjoying all the Beatles artifacts, I walked away with greater respect for the drummers of the bands that I love.
Enjoy the pictures of some of the exhibit below..
A large photo of the Beatles at their first press conference in the US. Underneath it was a mock up of the stage and mics that they used
Set up of the stage on the Ed Sullivan in New York City, It marked the first television appearance by the Beatles in the US and was watched by 73 million people when it appeared on February 9, 1964. The Beatles played two sets, the first singing: All My Loving, Til There Was You and She Loves You. At the close of the show, they came back and performed I Saw Her Standing There and I Want To Hold Your Hand
Paul McCartney’s jacket he wore at the 1965 Shea Stadium concert. McCartney became fascinated with the Nehru collar after seeing the jackets worn by the Bahamian Police Department while in Nassau filming Help
It is hard to imagine that even The Beatles needed business cards so someone would know who they were…
The original set list used onstage by The Beatles during their first US concert at Washington Coliseum in Washington DC on February 11, 1964. It was written by John Lennon at the Shoreham Hotel before leaving for the show. This is one set list I would like to have in my collection!!
An original copy of Mersey Beat, when Pete Best was still in the band January 1962
Original single of Love Me Do, with the autographs of all The Beatles