With a steady winter snow falling on the afternoon of February 11th, 1964, The Beatles and company rode the rails from New York to Washington DC, with the Maysles film crew shooting documentary footage along the way.
They arrived at Union Station around 3pm, and were greeted by Ed Rudy and hundreds of fans. After checking in at the Shoreham Hotel, the party drove to the Washington Coliseum, site of their first American concert that night. On the stage (a boxing ring), Brian Somerville presided over a brief press conference followed by some TV news interviews for CBS and NBC.
Bill Seaby and Paul Palmer then interviewed the Beatles individually for WCAO-AM, and John taped a couple of promos for WMUC-AM. After one last interview with Carroll James, the Beatles retired to their dressing room in preparation for the big concert. More on that in the next blog post!