Beatles Blast Roof Off Carnegie Hall;
Three B's May Never Sound the Same

February 13, 1964

NEW YORK (UPI) - Bach, Beethoven and Brahms will never sound the same again in Carnegie Hall, music lovers. The Beatles were there last night and they broke the acoustics.

Yop. Yes. Uh-huh.

The shrieks that met these four Englishmen piled higher and higher until they wormed their way into the plaster. Probably next time music is played in Carnegie a leftover howl will be jarred loose and strike a first violinist.


Their damage done, the Beatles leave for Miami, Fla., today to tape one television show and prepare for a live one Sunday in living noise.

Carnegie Hall, which opened on May 5, 1891, has never heard anything like it and neither had a pert usherette who selected her occupation because she likes classical music. She said she thought the Beatles "are funny," but she wasn't laughing.

The Beatles performed twice, each time before audiences of 2,600 which spilled on to the stage. The first audience came with love offerings of jellybeans.

Some of the jellybeans bopped a policeman who stood at the footlights. He didn't mind; he munched.

The second audience was older and included some ladies in mink, accompanied by husbands in frowns.

Earlier in the day, the chorus of the Manhattan School of music, starring Gary Karr, contrabass, had performed in Carnegie and some of the afternoon's young contrabass fans stowed away for the evening activities.

But in vain. The management flushed them out of the balcony before the evening's first squeal.

Also there was Mrs. Happy Rockefeller, wife of the New York governor who, in April of 1960, joining the fight to save Carnegie from progress, had declared: "The historic and cultural value of Carnegie Hall is such that it should not be permitted to be torn down merely to make way for another office building."

Mrs. Rockefeller, accompanied by a bevy of children, said she came because Wendy, her daughter by a previous marriage, was "just as excited as any child."


Youngsters in tow, she left before The Beatles could finish. Diplomatic, she said the evening had been enjoyable.

Some constituents in the cold thought otherwise. These dozen purists were members of SWAT -- the Students' War Against Trash. Around the corner from Carnegie, they picketed, declaring the Beatles "a musical disgrace."

"They have a deleterious effect on young minds," one Swatter said.

Another unlikely Beatle viewer was Francis Cardinal Spellman, Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York who was seen watching the Beatles as they left the Plaza Hotel. After a few moments he turned away without explaining whether he was just passing by or doing sociological research.

- Article published by The Ottawa Journal, February 13, 1964.
The Journal was Ottawa's second largest newspaper which
eventually went out of business due to fierce competition from The Citizen
coupled by a protracted labour dispute which lasted several years.

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