Of the many venues they played in the United States, the Beatles only had one show in Minnesota -- but at least one fan remembers that August day in 1965 at the old Metropolitan Stadium quite well.
There's no doubt the Beatles started a cultural revolution -- from the music to their haircuts, and there is one Minnesotan who was a first-name basis with John, Paul, George and Ringo.
Sunday marked 50 years to the day that the Beatles touched down in America, and K-TWIN radio devoted 2 hours of airtime to celebrate what would become the British invasion.
"I don't know if it could have been, or would have been, another band," Brian "BT" Turner mused. "I think all the stars truly aligned."
Two days later, the Beatles were seen by more than 70 million people on the biggest variety show in the country -- the Ed Sullivan Show.
"I didn't know who the Beatles were," Ray Crump, former manager of the Twins clubhouse, admitted.
That all changed for Crump on Aug. 21, when he spent 8 and a half hours with the band before their only appearance in the Twin Cities.
"We just talked and hung out there -- and talked the whole time," Crump recalled.
Crump was paid $100 to take care of all the band's needs before the show, and he was surprised to learn they were excited to learn more about a Minnesota man who has become a legend of his own.
"They knew who Killebrew was and they looked all through his locker and everything," Crump said.
Crump brought in roll-away beds to help the band pass the time more comfortably, and he eventually sold the pillow cases for $1,500. Brian Epstein, the band's manager, even asked Crump to recommend four people who could sell programs -- someone they could trust with the cash.
"I'll get you the most honest people you could have, but this is the deal -- I want them to shake the hands of the Beatles," Crump bargained for the bat boys and ball boys who filled the roles.
After the cash was collected Paul McCartney won it all gambling with Epstein and his bandmates -- but as for the performance itself, Crump said it was "great." At the end of the night, however, he had to get a delivery van to help the band escape while thousands of screaming fans swarmed the decoy limousine.
"I didn't realize how big they were -- and things could have gotten," he admitted. "I could have gotten 30 baseballs signed by them."
Over the years, Crump met nearly 1,000 celebrities, and he still puts his memorable day with the Beatles behind meeting Elvis Presley and behind meeting Frank Sinatra.
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