Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr is on the hunt for a group of fans he photographed when the Fab Four toured Miami in 1964.
Starr, an avid photographer, snapped a shot of star-struck teens stuffed into a convertible as it pulled up next to the band on the freeway in Miami in February of 1964. Four boys and two girls are pictured, though one youth could hardly be seen in the back of the car. The picture was included in the drummer’s new book, "Photograph," and he told USA Today he’d like to meet the people he captured on film
, who now are most likely in their 60s.
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“It’s just a great shot,” Starr wrote in the book. “They’re looking at us and I’m photographing them."
The Beatles came to Miami in February of 1964 and made their seminal appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on Feb. 16. The Miami Herald noted that their south Florida stay included a visit with Muhammad Ali,
then known as Cassius Clay, who was training at the time for his first title bout with Sonny Liston. The group left town on Feb. 22.
Although the kids are wearing winter coats, prompting some to believe the photo was taken elsewhere, the Miami Herald noted that a cold snap at the time dropped temperatures into the 40s during the time the Beatles were in town.
The Beatles, considered by many to be among the greatest and most influential rock bands ever, appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show over three consecutive Sundays, with the first drawing an estimated 73 million viewers, a record at the time. The exposure helped launch the British Invasion that included the likes of the Rolling Stones, The Kinks, and The Who.
"Photograph" includes 240 pictures in the book’s 300-plus pages, and serves as a sentimental journey of the Beatles glory years and beyond.
If you know the identity of the mystery fans, contact Genesis Publications via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Photograph" was released June 12 in Apple’s iBookstore. It will be in limited print production later this year.
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