Another Reason Why I Mess W/The Beatles
Written by Danny P Ocean on September 20, 2011
If I had to pick one act from the 60’s to put in my pocket and carry worth me at all times it would have to be Johnny, Pauly, Georgy, and Ring! Can’t no other group from back then carry their guitars. And now I have one other reason to big up them, they didn’t play for segregated crowds.
The Beatles had previously taken a public stand on civil rights in 1964, when they refused to perform at a segregated concert at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida.
City officials relented, allowing the stadium to be integrated, and the band took to the stage.
“We never play to segregated audiences and we aren’t going to start now,” said John Lennon. “I’d sooner lose our appearance money.”
The struggle for racial equality in America later inspired Paul McCartney to write Blackbird.
It should come to no surprise that the group took this stand, especially since they loved Little Richard, Chuck Berry and them.