We all know of the famous August 1965 concert by the Beatles at Shea Stadium. However, the Fab Four first came to Queens a year earlier, playing at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium.
Girls anxiously waited for the tickets to go on sale at 11 a.m. on May 1, 1964 at Limelight Products, located at 118-30 Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills, next door to the Kew Tavern Bar. Tickets were priced from $1.95 to $4.95. The 15,983 available quickly sold out. Rather than turn fans away, the promoters added more seats up close on on the tennis green for the premium price of $6.50.
The envelope the tickets came in had advertising sponsored by Capitol Records and the E.J. Korvette department store, and is sought by collectors as much as the ticket stubs are.
For security, an 8-foot fence was erected with barbed wire on top. The two shows were to take place at 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 28 and Aug. 29, 1964. The Beatles arrived at the stadium by helicopter late on the first night, and the show finally got underway at 9:50 p.m.
Unless you got a seat up close, the music was drowned out by the hysterical screaming girls. With the shows’ 50th anniversary coming up shortly, these girls could be grandmothers today waiting to celebrate their memories of this historical event.