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Beatles Rarity Of The Week – “Dizzy Miss Lizzy” (live in Houston)

Posted by on October 22, 2008 at 5:36 pm.

This week’s BROW comes from The Beatles 1965 North American tour and their gig at Houston, Texas’ Sam Houston Coliseum on August 19th, 1965, just four days after the famous Shea Stadium show and less than a month after the release of the “Help!” single (and movie). The Beatles performed an afternoon show and an evening show and all 9200 seats in the indoor arena were filled at both of them. This account of “Dizzy Miss Lizzy” comes from the afternoon show and honors a request I had for this song a couple weeks ago. This was the fourth song in their twelve song set and John Lennon introduces it nicely before he starts screaming out the vocals. He got a few lines out of order as he was known to do from time to time, but who really cares? And who caught it over the screams anyway? The lack of fidelity here is due to the fact that no professional recording of this show was ever made. I consider it sort of miraculous that any recording of it has survived longer than the Sam Houston Coliseum itself which was demolished in 1998 and redeveloped into the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts which opened in 2003.

The Beatles - Dizzy Miss Lizzy
The Beatles onstage at Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas.

The Beatles onstage at Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas.

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