Fifty years ago tonight, the Beatles played their first public concert in the United States in the District, the day after an eight inch snowstorm no less. The lads had a snowball fight that afternoon before the show at Washington Colosseum — if you’ve ever taken a train north out of Union Station, you’ve passed it. I think it’s a parking garage now and under disrepair in general.
There is quite a bit of coverage about the anniversary, so I won’t spend much time writing about a concert that happened before I was born. I will say that I need to get the photo above (or one like it) and put it up some day.
DOCUMENTARY ON THE CONCERT
HOW THE CONCERT SOUNDED
lots of screaming girls, some music
1983 DC101 INTERVIEW
WWDC DJ Carroll James interviewed by WWDC/DC101’s Young Dave Brown and Ernie Kaye on December 17, 1983. YDB!
Beatles Fans Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Historic D.C. Concert – WAMU 88.5 – American University Radio
Photos of The Beatles in Washington, D.C. – Ghosts of DC
The Beatles' First Concert in the U.S. (1964) – Ghosts of DC
50th anniversary concert reenacts Beatles’ first U.S. show at the Washington Coliseum – The Post
The Beatles would play D.C. again in November of that year (more video or at least still photos with the music over them) and D.C. Stadium in 1966 on their last tour (Ghosts of DC).