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Reed Pigman, through his charter airline, American Flyers, based in Fort Worth, Tex., contracted to fly the Beatles to their concert destinations during their U.S. tour in 1964.
In the early 1950’s Pigman had purchased a 10,000-acre ranch and game preserve from J.D. Brock, an optometrist and amateur aviator who put the ranch together in the 1930’s. Pigman turned the ranch into a cattle ranch for polled Herefords.
The Beatles had a three-day break between a concert in Dallas and their final concert of the tour in New York City. Pigman suggested to Beatles manager Brian Epstein that the Four could use a relaxing weekend on his ranch in the Missouri Ozarks. Epstein agreed.
While at the ranch the Beatles enjoyed fishing, horseback riding, go-kart driving, playing cards and relaxation. Word of the visit had leaked and about 200 fans gathered at the gate, where they were blocked from going in. Four teens decided to go by boat on the Eleven Point River to the ranch, where they managed to sneak to house where the Beatles were staying and see them playing cards.
To see photos of the visit, click HERE.
To read the 2012 Hill ’n Holler story on the episode, click “Celebrating the 48th anniversary of the Beatles’ journey to the Ozarks: A remembrance of things past”.
The Liverpool Legends tribute band will present a concert 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at the West Plains, Mo., Civic Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at the Civic Center box office or through Ticketmaster.
Performing in Branson since 2006 the Liverpool Legends have played festivals and concerts throughout the United States and Great Britain. This year they performed at a July 4 show at the Rose Bowl and still play regularly at the Caravelle Theatre in Branson.
Members of the Liverpool Legends were hand picked by Louise Harrison, sister of the late George Harrison. Now she manages the band and will be at the concert Friday. She also will be at the festival in Alton Saturday. For more about the Liverpool Legends, click www.liverpoollegends.com.
The Ozarks Beatlemania festival opens Saturday on the Alton Square with an opening ceremony at 11 a.m.
The festival continues with activities throughout the day including music all day long, a look-alike contest, a karaoke contest, a children’s activity area, an exhibit of cars from the ’50’s, ’60’s and ’70s, an exhibit of Beatles memorabilia and artifacts, vendors and a variety of presentations.
See BELOW to see the festival schedule.
The Beatles were flown from Dallas to the airport at Walnut Ridge, Ark., before they were driven to the Pigman Ranch. Word of the visit spread, and by Sunday, hundreds were gathered to see them off. The annual Beatles at the Ridge festival takes place next Friday and Saturday, Sept. 19-20.
In any case, come to Alton, Mo., Saturday, Sept. 13, for a day-long celebration of the Beatles!