During the 60s, there was a rising band in Liverpool that an Australian promoter snapped up before they became world famous. They were signed up at a cost far below the amounts they commanded in the height of their popularity. They arrived at Melbourne Airport in a wet and windy and were transported on the back of trucks so the fans could get a good view of their idols.
They stayed at the Southern Cross Hotel, then the place to stay - it no longer exists but the history of the Beatles visiting Melbourne does.
|The now demolished Southern Cross Hotel in Melbourne where someone who was someone stayed.|
|And these young lads were someone - weren't they?|
|Ringo only joined them for the Melbourne concert - He came later as he was unwell. A fill drummer was used. Jimmy Nichol was the fifth beatle for a very short time.|
|Jimmy Nichol to the far left|