The great jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong opened
for the Beatles at the Auckland Town Hall
in 1964, on a double bill, I sat behind the stage.
Looking like four brothers, the Beatles entered.
They had longish hair swept forward and across the forehead,
in a style which became 'the Beatle haircut' around Auckland.
Their suit jackets were three-button, accentuating slimness, height.
I doubt if you would see that elegance onstage any more.
There were only eleven songs on the set list that night,
and the Beatles made a gracious bow to the audience after each one.
I remember John and Paul's duets 'She Loves You', 'I Saw Her Standing There; '
but also George Harrison singing, to a throbbing beat, the
irreverent 'Roll Over Beethoven.'
Later the Beatles would split up, becoming successful in their own right as soloists,
but what I remember is their concert at the Town Hall long ago.
- July,2013. Revised 8 September,2019.
This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.I would like to translate this poem