Friday, July 31, 2015

50 Years Ago this month – Magical Mystery Tour Part 2
Help! It was a magical mystery tour …

All ears were glued to Rockin’ Radio stations, and eyeballs fixed and dilated on posters taped to the ceiling, as The Beatles launched their second US concert tour.

It began August 15th at Shea Stadium in New York, heralding the birth of “stadium rock,” as Beatlemania peaked.

NY radio stations, like WTRY (Albany) were in a ticket-giveaway frenzy, and lucky DJs like Lee Gray and Rick Snyder basked in the celebrity and summer sun. 
What was it like for fans and their fave DJs …?
“Lee would try to bring the listeners as close to The Beatles as he possibly could,” said David Darling, Lee Gray’s son.

This meant backstage with fellow WTRY DJ, Rick Snyder, in Atlantic City; and spearheading the incredible contest that took more than two hundred crazed Beatles fans to the historic concert. (Excerpt from BFYP Book 2, coming soon.)

Featured Radio Survey(s): Pre-concert and on-stage concert photos dominated the WTRY August and early September charts, like the August 27, 1965 featured survey.

Check out the WTRY DJs including Lee Gray and Rick Snyder, and the great ‘60s fashions on last-minute concert ticket winners! Rockin’!

Celebrate this month 50 years ago and … Enjoy the moment … again!


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