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Watch This Cool Old WFAA Footage of the Beatles in Dallas Circa 1964

Keep up the Beatles binge you started with the new documentary Get Back.
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WFAA (Channel 8) went and dug up 13 minutes of footage the station recorded in 1964, on the occasion of the Beatles’ one and only trip to Dallas. It’s a fun watch, especially if you’ve been recently Beatles-pilled by Peter Jackson’s new 8-hour Disney Plus documentary Get Back, which follows the band as it records what would be its final album, Let It Be.

The Beatles of 1964 are less hirsute, Yoko-free, and don’t seem quite as ambivalent toward each other and the band as the near-breakup Beatles of 1970. Paul McCartney wears a cowboy hat, and the press conference banter is great, especially the run from 2:30 to 3:15.

As for the Beatles’ show itself, a 30-minute set at Memorial Auditorium, I found this short clip. Sounds pretty good.

And the Dallas Morning News ran a nice piece a couple years back on how Beatlemania arrived in Dallas less than a year after the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

Drop your favorite Beatles song in the comments. Thanks.

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