The Beatles come to Portland, again


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Ed Sullivan introduced The Beatles to America on February 9, 1964. The rest, as they say, is history.

That history is now on display at the Oregon Historical Society. For the next 6 months, a collection of Beatles memorabilia — pictures, videos, historical documents, even stage clothes — can be seen up close.

Among the original documents on display is a carbon copy of performance contracts that set out terms of The Beatles performance at Memorial Coliseum in Portland on August 22, 1965. Tickets in the lower level cost $6.

The contract was one page and a rider with a list of conditions was just 3 pages.

Photos: Ladies and Gentlemen, The Beatles

“The reason this (exhibit) is put together is it generally sits in glass cases in your basement or your music room and the only people who get to see it are your family or close friends, and this is a way for people to see it,” said Chuck Gunderson, the exhibit curator. 

He said The Beatles may have walked away with about $70,000 for their 2 shows in Portland.

“They performed about a half hour each show,” he said. “They had an hour-and-a-half opening act and then they came and did their 12 song set and they were gone. Two shows and they left Portland. They were out of here about midnight and were off to L.A.” 

The original coat Paul McCartney wore at New York’s Shea Stadium and then in Portland several days later are part of the exhibit’s glance into the history of one of the most influential bands of the 20th Century.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, The Beatles!” runs through November 10 at the Oregon Historical Society.

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