On Sunday June 14th 1964 the Beatles arrived in Melbourne for a 3 night concert engagement at Festival Hall with 2 shows each night.
There were chaotic scenes outside the Southern Cross Hotel
(on the corner of Bourke and Exhibition Streets) when the Beatles
appeared on the balcony just above street level. Exhibition Street was
blocked by an estimated 20,000 screaming fans. (Only Melbourne)
"You Can't Do That"
About 45,000 people saw the six performances, and the last show was
taped for television by Channel 9 and broadcast in Australia on 1st July
from 7:30 to 8:30. Brian Epstein had originally agreed to 10 minutes
being broadcast, but after he had seen a preview he was so pleased with
it he allowed 22 minutes (the rest of the broadcast was made up with
Australian music acts).
"All My Loving",
The performances included, "I Saw Her Standing
There", "You Can't Do That", "All My Loving", "She Loves You", "Till
There Was You", Roll Over Beethoven", Can't Buy Me Love", Twist And
Shout" and "Long Tall Sally".
"She Loves You"
Inside the hotel the Beatles were reunited
with Ringo who had flown in with Brian Epstein that morning. Jimmy Nicol
packed his bag and left the next day.
Can't Buy Me Love"
Also, an E.M.I. reception was held at the
Southern Cross Hotel the following day and John Lennon flew into a rage
when he saw the altered Australian cover for the "With The Beatles"
Australian entrepreneur Kenn Brodziak had booked the group 12 months
earlier, just before the eruption of Beatlemania, for an unbelievable
£2500 ($5000) per week.
Long Tall Sally
During Long Tall Sally a young audience member, Brent McCausland, leapt up on the stage and shook Lennon’s hand.
But it wasn’t all short shows and screaming girls. On the afternoon of
the Beatles’ last day in Melbourne, George Harrison borrowed a red MG
and drove through the eastern suburbs along Whitehorse Rd — Box Hill,
Blackburn, Mitcham and Ringwood — and up the Mt Dandenong Tourist Road
to Olinda stopping at the Kenloch tea rooms for a sandwich. A picture of
him outside hung there for many years.