Seattle remembers Beatles invasion

Seattle remembers Beatles invasion

Hundreds of fans gathered at the Edgewater Hotel to try to get a glimpse of the Beatles when they stayed there in 1964.

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by Josh Green, KING 5 News

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Posted on August 22, 2014 at 5:38 AM

SEATTLE - Linda Leiren Plancich was 13 years old that night, sitting about a third of the way back from the stage, and screaming at the top of her lungs.

"All of my friends and I kind of just lost our minds," Plancich remembered as she sat on the grass of the Seattle Center, waiting to be taken back to August 21, 1964, exactly 50 years ago. "President Kennedy had been assasinated the year before. They took our mind off everything else."

They, as Plancich puts it, were the singers of her life, the Beatles.

The British invaders became the first act in the Seattle Center Coliseum, which is now the KeyArena. Now the Seattle Center is marking that 50th anniversary this week. Thursday night, at the same time the Beatles took the stage in 1964, the tribute band Crème Tangerine performed at the Mural Amphitheater and played Act 1, the same Beatles set.

"There's something about the Beatles and the place they hold in everyone's heart," said Byron Prather, lead singer of the band. "We don't hold a candle to the actual Beatles, but we're going to give it a good college try."

A couple hundred people crowded the lawn Thursday to commemorate the anniversary. There were 14,300 fans that night in 1964. Sharon Bumgarner, who was 15, had taken a Greyhound bus from Mt. Vernon to see them.

"My dad said if he wouldn't have let me go see the Beatles, I would've never forgiven him the rest of my life," she said as she smiled.

Bumgarner remembers why he probably was right.

"I took a picture with my black and white camera off the television, the Ed Sullivan Show," she said. "I still have that picture."

Bonny Sheppard was in the nosebleeds that night but still felt so close.

"We went nuts. People went nuts," Bonny said at Thursday's concert. "Nobody ate or drank anything. They were just too hysterical to do anything."

The tribute continues into the weekend at the Seattle Center.

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