Oct 08, 2016
Apr 02, 2017
Clinton Presidential Center

Ladies and Gentlemen... The Beatles!

Little Rock, Arkansas
Photo: © THE BOB BONIS ARCHIVE 

The Clinton Center's current temporary exhibit Ladies and Gentlemen… The Beatles!, is curated by the GRAMMY Museum® and Fab Four Exhibits, and explores the impact The Beatles’s arrival had on American pop culture, including fashion, art, advertising, media and music.  The exhibit focuses on the height of Beatlemania in the United States (February of 1964 until September of 1966); however, the exhibit also includes the band’s early days in the United Kingdom (1960-1963), as well as their post-touring years (1967-1970.)

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More than 400 pieces of memorabilia, including records, rare photographs, tour artifacts, videos, and instruments are currently on display throughout the Clinton Center. The Beatles! includes a sing-along booth where guests can record their own version – including an introduction by Ringo Starr– of “Yellow Submarine.”  Additionally, Clinton Center guests can recreate the iconic “Abbey Road” album cover as they walk in front of a giant wall graphic of the famous zebra striped street.  Both interactive experiences are offered at no additional charge and guests are encouraged to share their Beatle moments via social media. 


Exhibit highlights include:

Gold record award for "I Want to Hold Your Hand" presented to The Beatles by Capitol Records
Gold record award for “Rubber Soul” presented to The Beatles by Capitol Records
"What You're Doing" handwritten song lyrics, written by Paul McCartney on Atlantic City Lafayette Motor Inn stationary
Original set list for early Liverpool show, handwritten by then 18-year-old Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney's Shea Stadium jacket
1964 set list written by John Lennon for the band’s first American public concert in Washington D.C., just two days after their Ed Sullivan Show debut
Ringo Starr's jacket worn for Abbey Road LP cover photo
Ringo Starr’s suit worn during the first 30 minutes of “A Hard Day’s Night”
Three-page George Harrison handwritten letter from the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany
George Harrison's original set list from the Candlestick Park concert
Original guitars owned and played by Beatles’ influencers Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, and Roy Orbison
A collection of unused tickets from every stop of all three North American tours
The original signed contract for the Hollywood Bowl show in 1964
A program from the Carnegie Hall show in 1964 with Paul’s name misspelled (it reads John McCartney) 
Ticket rejection notices from the Ed Sullivan Show to eager fan requests for February 1964 tapings
An original TV Guide magazine from the week of Feb 9, 1964 which lists the Beatles as guests on the Ed Sullivan Show
A 45 single of “Love Me Do” signed by all four Beatles at a record store signing in UK the day after the single was released in 1962 
Three membership cards from the Cavern Club in Liverpool from the three years The Beatles performed there (1961, 1962, 1963)

 
The exhibit will be on display until April 2, 2017.


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The educational staff of the Clinton Foundation has created a number of grade-specific educational programs and tours to accompany Ladies and Gentlemen…the Beatles!, the Clinton Center’s 43rd temporary exhibit.  School groups are asked to make reservations three weeks in advance and always tour the Clinton Center at no cost.  Visit www.clintonfoundation.org/cpceducation for programs offered for each grade.