Beatlemania Backlash

In 1965 The Beatles owned the world. “Eight Days A Week,” “Ticket to Ride,” “Help!” and “Day Tripper” all shot to number one in the States and the United Kingdom. Tour stops would include New York City’s Shae Stadium and The Ed Sullivan Show. Everyone loved the mop-tops from across the pond. Well, almost everyone.
Israel actually wanted nothing to do with them.

A scheduled tour date for Israel fell through, thanks to the country’s government refusing to sign grant the necessary permits on the ground that its music might corrupt the country’s morals. Times seem to have changed those views however. Letters were pinned to Paul McCartney and Richard Starkey (a.k.a Ringo) by Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor stating, “Israel missed a chance to learn from the most influential musicians of the decade, and The Beatles missed an opportunity to reach out to one of the most passionate audiences in the world, on our 60th anniversary, we would like to take the opportunity to offer you a second chance to play in Israel.”

There is no conformation on whether surviving members of The Beatles to participate in a concert celebrating the country’s 60th birthday.


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