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    The Beatles Original Photo Negatives From Houston Show (1965). An incredible collection of five proof sheets and 29 negative strips from "A Night With the Beatles" from when the Beatles performed in Houston on August 19, 1965. The pics range from live shots to behind-the-scenes shots to press conference shots. Lot includes sale of copyright. (The previous lot only includes the sale of the 32 photo prints and does not include the sale of copyright.)

    Per our consignor, here is some wonderful backstory.

    The two concerts (one at 3:30 P.M. and a second at 8:00 P.M.) played at the Sam Houston Coliseum were the only two concerts ever performed by the Beatles in Houston, Texas. The concerts were among the most frenzied of the tour, with Beatlemania at its height. The two performances were identical and were only 35 minutes each. The following 12 songs were the set list for both: "Twist And Shout," "She's A Woman," "I Feel Fine," "Dizzy Miss Lizzy," "Ticket To Ride," "Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby," "Can't Buy Me Love," "Baby's In Black," "I Wanna Be Your Man," "A Hard Day's Night," "Help!", and "I'm Down." Tickets to the shows were an unbelievable $5 each, sold by mail only, and were all general admission seating. About 10,500 people - mostly girls, according to newspaper reports - were in the audience for the Thursday afternoon show and about 12,000 were at the night show. Some of these people were at both. The Beatles were paid $84,000 for the two performances, the equivalent of about $580,000 today.

    Geoff Winningham was able to gain coveted access to the press conference and Beatles concert the night of August 19, 1965 through a press pass provided to him by the Rice University Student Newspaper. He not only photographed all these original shots but also developed them himself. In addition to providing content for the Rice Student Newspaper, Geoff thought of his younger sister, a huge Beatles fan living in Nashville, Tennessee, and gave her these 32 photographs as a gift.

    The Beatles had rented the entire 18th floor of the Sheraton-Lincoln Hotel in Houston. Prior to the night's concert, a press conference was held at that hotel where all four members of the group were interviewed. That hotel is the location of the press conference photographs. Geoff recalls one question directed toward Ringo Starr, whose wife was expecting their first child soon. The reporter asked Ringo if he wanted a boy or a girl, and Ringo said he didn't care if it was a boy or girl but hoped it was one or the other! (The baby was a boy - Zak -born September 13, 1965).

    Following the press conference, the Beatles were transported to the Houston Coliseum for the concert. One of the photographs shows Paul McCartney getting into the armored van that was used to transport the group between locations.

    While photographing the concert at the Houston Coliseum, Geoff recalls being pressed right up against the stage. Even though he could not have been any closer to the performance, Geoff recalls there were times that he could not hear the music at all due to the "deafening noise" of the screaming girls in the crowd, also depicted in several of these photographs.

    Overall, the condition of this lot is Very Good Plus. Each proof sheet is stapled to manila envelopes. The sheets have wear along the edges and corners. COA from Heritage Auctions.

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2020
    14th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 11
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