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"Beatles Invade Milwaukee" - Channel 36.1

Saturday, September 6, 2014 / 10:00 pm



Fifty years ago on September 4, 1964 the Beatles played their first, and sadly, their last concert in Milwaukee. The 1960s was a time of great change in the United States and the Beatles were a big part of that change. Their music revolutionized the music industry. “The British Invasion” began when the Beatles came to America in February 1964. That same month they appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show and later in the year set off on a 25-city tour. Milwaukee was one of their stops. The Beatles performed at the Milwaukee Arena to a sold-out audience on a Friday night.

The Beatles Invade Milwaukee, a special 30-minute documentary, celebrates the 50th anniversary of their appearance. Guests include Bob Barry “the 5th Beatle” who was a DJ at WOKY Radio at the time and introduced the show at the Milwaukee Arena. Along with Barry, the documentary revisits some of the places where the Beatles spent time in Milwaukee. Barry returns to the Milwaukee Arena, now the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena; and the former Coach House Inn, the Beatles hotel on the night of the concert which is now Mashuda Hall at Marquette University.

Writer, producer and director Raúl Galván also interviewed famed musicologist Joel Whitburn in his “record cave” in Menomonee Falls; Alexandra and Adele Topping, daughters of Nick Topping, who promoted the show in Milwaukee; Historian Diana Belscamper; and numerous individuals who were at the concert.

The show features historical photographs of the concert, as well as rare footage of the Beatles arriving at the airport, their press conference and the show itself. 

The Beatles Invade Milwaukee re-airs again on September 6 at 10 pm on Channel 36.1.