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Promoter Sid Bernstein dead at 95

Promoter Sid Bernstein, credited with bringing The Beatles to both New York City’s Carnegie Hall and Shea Stadium died this past Wednesday, August 21 at age 95. Sid had gotten in touch with Beatles manager Brian Epstein by phone early in 1963 before the Fabs were even known in America to suggest the Carnegie Hall show. At the time rock acts were not normally booked at this historic venue. Bill Haley and the Comets had played there in 1955 but normally the venue was home for jazz quartets and orchestras. Nevertheless Sid convinced Carnegie officials that allowing a Beatles concert at the venue “would further international understanding” between the United States and Great Britain. The Beatles performed two shows there on the evening of February 12th, 1964 during their first visit to America. Sid was also the promoter behind the famous Shea Stadium concerts of August 15th, 1965 and August 23rd, 1966. For more info about Sid, catch my interview with him in 2010 right here.

Sid Bernstein

Sid Bernstein

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