Beatles Invade KC, 1964 - Rick Hellman

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Rick Hellman, chronicler of Kansas City’s music history, examines the night 50 years ago this month that the Beatles played in old Municipal Stadium – enticed by a then-astronomical $150,000 offer from controversial A’s baseball team owner Charlie Finley.
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Sunday, September 14, 2014
2:00pm @ Central Library

Fifty years ago, in September 1964, The Beatles appeared – some say flopped – at Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium. Charley Finley, controversial owner of the Kansas City Athletics baseball team, enticed the Fab Four to perform at the old ball field for a then astronomical $150,000 fee! The show barely drew 20,000 fans, and Finley lost his shirt. Rick Hellman, chronicler of the city’s music history, tells how Kansas City’s teenagers experienced a bit of rock-and-roll history during the exciting run-up and bewildering aftermath of the 31-minute concert.

Rick Hellman, a Kansas City native, journalist, and assignment editor at KSHB-TV, heads up the Kansas City Rock History Project (

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