Saturday, October 4, 2014

1965 NME Pollwinners Concert

The Beatles performed  in Wembley at the Empire Pool Stadium for the NME Pollwinners concert which took place on April 11 1965. The Beatles had been filming their second feature and took a break to perform this unique concert. For the occasion, the "Shea Stadium" suits were worn for this concert.
The songs performed for this set include the number one smash single "I Feel Fine" and the B side "She's A Woman" in a row featuring John on the A side vocal and Paul on the B side vocal. The next song performed is a track from the latest UK Beatles "For Sale" LP; namely "Baby's In Black" with both John and Paul shared the vocal on this one.
Next up is the latest single, so fresh in fact it had been released in the UK only two days before: "Ticket To Ride" which would show up on the second film soundtrack as well. The last song of the set was the title to the previous year's all original EP in the UK, "Long Tall Sally" belted by Paul.
This would end the concert before awards were handed out namely to John Lennon for "Runner Up in British Vocal Personality" and the entire group for "Top British Vocal Group". The awards were handed out by none other than Tony Bennett !
I've included the entire concert and award presentation below for your viewing pleasure:

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