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August 20, 2014

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Wanted: Beatles fans who watched their concerts at Las Vegas Convention Center in 1964

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Las Vegas News Bureau

One fan is especially excited about seeing The Beatles.

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The Beatles.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ only Las Vegas concert, a hunt is on for residents who have a great story to tell when Beatlemania swept the Strip.

John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr played to some 16,000 people during two sold-out shows at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Aug. 20, 1964.

Thousands of screaming fans greeted The Fab Four when they landed at what is now McCarran International Airport. Even more fans followed them to start a vigil at the old Sahara, where they stayed the night before the concerts.

Now our Las Vegas News Bureau, which chronicles the history of our city, wants to find those people who witnessed the historic music event so that their stories can be documented and shared for generations to come.

If you attended one or both of the concerts, worked at the airport or the Sahara, lined the streets as the band drove by or just have a great story about the excitement felt in Las Vegas that day, please contact Las Vegas News Bureau at [email protected] and (702) 735-3611.

It will help our Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority preserve a missing part of the music history of our Entertainment Capital of the World.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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