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The Lads, introduced by the WMCA good guys (onstage in yellow sweatshirts)

The Lads, introduced by the WMCA "good guys" (onstage in yellow sweatshirts)

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phil cecchini 02-Aug-2011 14:32
I was an engineer at WMCA then. Gary Stevens had a character known as the Wolly Burger, that grunted and made unpleasant noises on the air. When Gary was a DJ in Cleaveland he would make personal appearances with the Wolly Burger. Someone dressed in a costume not unlike an ape. Prior to the Goodguys appearing at Shea Stadium to intro The Beatles, Gary asked me to come along as the Wolly Burger,as I was just the size to fit into the costume. I refused to do it,and have always regretted not being on part of that historic night. Phil Cecchini
luke 15-Jun-2010 03:29
Good times! But the Beatles also sang "twist and shout" and "help!" when I looked to the right, i saw 2 girls that literally fainted. My ears hurt for a few because of the screams of joy and excitement were passing through my ears. OW!!! I sure miss John and George though...
E. Percival Poiana 27-Mar-2010 12:39
My Mom was dating one of the Good Guys...that is how we got to go! Thanks ;o)
Sheila 22-Nov-2007 16:15
I am thrilled to see this! I was there that night with my cousin.Here's a memory snapshot of Beatlemania: after the incredibly brief concert. which I could barely hear, I was going up those Shea parking structure steps which I recall were partly indoors, partly outdoors -- metal bars overlooking the rear of the stadium far below. I look down, and apparently I was the only one seeing the Fab Four running across the green to a van! All of a sudden, a mob of insane NYC Beatlemaniacs see the same thing and go nuts, screaming to the Beatles and plastering me to the metal outdoor staircase. It was scary for an eleven-year-old, struggling for breath. I'm so glad I was there.
Tony G15-Aug-2007 04:26
Hey John,

thanks for correcting the typo - I used to listen to WMCA and WABC mostly in those days - the crazy days of AM radio, before "FM" hit a few years later.

jOHN pORCARO 16-Jul-2007 20:07
It was the WMCA Good Guys(New York Radio station)
Pat Gallo-Stenman 20-Sep-2006 12:09
We came in that day from Philly by train. It was HOT and all I wanted were cool drinks. My friends and I had seen them on Aug. 16 in Philadelphia with an audience of only 21,000 fans. I loved those military style jackets, which reminded me of the ones they wore in Help! Couldn't see them sweating as we were way up there. We got swindled out of $20 that day on the street as some slimeball sold us a bogus "press conference pass." What did we know as we were young Beatlemaniacs. Watta day and Watta night! Check out my Beatlemaniacs web site at and click on "Hy Lit and Beatlemaniacs Come Together.A tribute to Beatlemaniacs everywhere...Presented by and Patti Gallo-Stenman"
Tony G04-Mar-2006 06:15
thanks for sharing your great memories of the '65 concert. I remember it was warm at the '66, but not unbearable as many August nights can be in NYC. You must have been able to get pretty close to the stage in '65 to see the boys perspiring. I've seen video footage of that show and their hair was dripping wet and the military style jackets looked very heavy. Ah showbiz !!!!! No wonder they gave up touring in '66.

Mark Atwell 03-Mar-2006 19:23
Do you remember the temperature that night in 1966? At the 1965 Shea concert, it was so stinking hot that many people were passing out from heat. I remember it, I was a college student and worked part-time at the stadium, and we were all called in to work security that night. Back in those days there was no bottled water and all you could get were soft drinks in those old cheap flimsy 12oz.paper cups. Infact it was in the mid to upper nineties with high humidity. I remember a few days later we had a beautiful cool spell hit, and alot of the guys working with me commented on how much better it would have been for the kids if had cooled just a couple of days earlier. The beatles, esp. George, were sweating so much, that the front of their guitars looked as if someone tossed a bucket of water on them from the sweat dripping on them. And they were wearing suit jackets, which must have been terrible.

Watta night,
Mark A.
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