The Beatles in Australia
October 30, 2005http://www.thesundaymail.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,17072613%255E5422,00.html
TOUCHDOWN: The Beatles arrive to a rapturous reception
THE Beatles exploded on Australia as no entertainers had done before or since.
They were approaching the crest of their international appeal when they arrived in June 1964 as the most original, inventive and anarchistic rock group the world had known.
They broke the existing rules, established their own and then broke them as well in their search for musical and personal satisfaction.
In 1964, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and drummer Jimmy Nicol (a substitute early in the tour for ill Ringo Starr) sparked unprecedented scenes as Australia went wild.
From Adelaide to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane fans turned out in their hundreds of thousands to get a glimpse of the long-haired boys from Liverpool who were making the world's hearts race faster.
There were near-riots everywhere they went in Australia and they needed constant protection in public to avoid being swamped.
In unforgettable scenes around the country, weeping, hysterical girls bombarded the Beatles with flowers, gifts and screams so loud they drowned out the music being played on stage.
In Adelaide, 350,000 people lined the 15km route from the airport to the Town Hall.
Experts estimated half the city of Adelaide came to see the Beatles that day.
For a glorious two weeks while the Beatles were in Australia they obliterated everything else.
When the Daily Mirror newspaper in Sydney ran a contest to find 17 girls to come to a birthday party being staged to celebrate McCartney's 22nd birthday, more than 20,000 fans responded.
By the time of the Sydney concerts Ringo Starr was back behind the drums after recovering from a savage bout of tonsillitis that sent his temperature soaring to 40C in a London hospital.
The Beatles even arriving in Australia on tour was one of those blessed showbusiness flukes.
Negotiations for them to tour began in 1963 and Kenn Brodziak of Aztec Promotions signed the group for