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The Beatles in Margaritaville

The year was 1964...Beatlemania! What an interesting trip to Florida for the Fab Four. On Friday, Sept 9th, on their way to Jacksonville from Montreal, their flight is diverted to Key West Florida..yes, that's right, Margaritaville. It turns out that Hurrican Dora was heading right for North Florida so somebody decided that the boys should go around the weather, fly to the keys and hang out until further notice. Despite no public announcement of a change in travel plans, hundreds of teenage fans meet The Fab Four. Having lived 10 years on the island of Key West, I can tell you,word travels fast, Jimmy Buffet called it the "Coconut Telegraph". Just word of mouth, but news of the Beatles got around. They stayed in Key West until the 11th, when they are finally able to travel north for thier show in the Gator Bowl. That show had a lot of drama, the Beatles refused to perform because the stadium was segregated...welcome to the South boys. The Beatles visited the Sunshine State, 47 years ago this weekend, and they enjoyed the sun, water, the tropical drinks. Now where is my lost shaker of salt?

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09/07/2011 10:09AM
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