The Beatles in Cincinnati

Jan 29 - Feb 28, 2015

Previously unseen photos of the Beatles' 1964 visit to Cincinnati, OH. Cincinnati photographer Walt Burton, shot about 200 pictures of the Beatles – from their arrival at Lunken Airport to performing at Cincinnati Gardens on Aug. 27, 1964 – for use in the souvenir "Beatles in Cincinnati" 24-page magazine-style booklet sold by WSAI-AM after the concert.

Burton, as the official event photographer, had special access to take pictures of John, Paul, George and Ringo emerging from their plane and waving to the Lunken crowd; entering the Gardens; speaking to reporters during their press conference (including Ringo lighting a cigarette); and performing on stage.

Cincinnati was the Beatles' seventh stop in a 25-city tour from Aug. 19 through Sept. 20. The Fab Four played San Francisco, Las Vegas, Seattle, Vancouver, the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and Denver before arriving in Cincinnati on Aug. 27. They left immediately after the Gardens concert and flew to New York for two shows at Forest Hills, in the Queens borough of New York City on Aug. 28-29. The tour ended in New York's Paramount Theatre Sept. 20.

Listen to Fresh Air podcast with Terry Gross on NPR, interview about the Beatles early years before 1964.