1964 the Tribute

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1964 the Tribute
Origin United States
Genres Rock
Years active 1984 – present
Associated acts Gary Grimes, The Beatles
Website 1964thetribute.com

1964 the Tribute is a Beatles' tribute band that was formed in 1984. They have performed over 2900 shows and released their own albums and videos. Rolling Stone magazine has called 1964, "The best Beatles tribute ever." They were also featured in a PBS special of the same name; the soundtrack to which is listed in the discography. 1964 the Tribute have been featured on Entertainment Tonight, PM Magazine, CNN, The USA Network, and The Nashville Network.

While touring worldwide at concert halls, fairs, festivals, colleges, corporate events, and conventions, they were voted "Best Major Concert Act" and "Best Contemporary Act" by the readers of Campus Activities Today Magazine. They were also voted "Contemporary Music Artists of the Year" by the National Association for Campus Activities, and "Campus Entertainers of the Year" by the Canadian Association for Campus Activities. They have appeared on scores of local television and radio programs throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and South America.

The group plans to continue performing in the future.[1] When asked about their future, Tom Work said, "The answer to that is the answer Gary gave his dad. His dad asked him, 'How long are you going to do this?' And Gary said, 'Until they stop coming.' We are not anywhere close to the age the Beatles were. I'm sure many people will comment, 'They're starting to look a little old to be doing this,' but people are still coming. Just being a musician keeps you young at heart."[1]

Updating the original Beatles[edit]

1964 the Tribute strive for authenticity in their portrayal of the Beatles, but not everything they do is the same.[2] Two areas that differ are sound quality and set length.[2] Mark Benson, who portrays John Lennon in the band, says that in the original Beatles live performances in the 1960s, the fans were lucky to hear the band.[2] "You have to credit the Beatles with revolutionizing the sound-reinforcement industry," says Benson.[2] "Back then they had these little speakers that you couldn't hear anything out of. The way concerts were amplified had to be changed."[2] Benson says that fans who saw the original shows notice the difference.[2] "People will come up to us and say, 'I saw the Beatles in '64 and the only difference is I can hear you,'" says Benson.[2]

Another difference is the set length.[2] The Beatles did two 30-minute sets in their early shows and never did encores, while 1964 the Tribute performs two 45-minute sets.[2] "We tried the half-hour show initially, but it didn't go over well," says Benson.[2]


The members of the group decided which member would portray which Beatle based on the instrument played.[1] "I was a guitarist, so the natural thing was the John or the George character," says Tom Work, who portrays George Harrison.[1] "The way I got into it was, the fellow playing John Lennon [Benson] joined a band that was a local Beatles tribute act. This was around 1981. After about a year, he got his buddy to join and play Paul [Grimes], and I was friends with him. About a year later, he got me to join and play George."[1] The lineup includes:

  • Mark Benson: as John Lennon
  • Mac Ruffing: As Paul McCartney
  • Tom Work: As George Harrison
  • Bobby Potter: As Ringo Starr
  • Gary Grimes, the original Paul McCartney for the band, died after a long battle with brain cancer in 2010. His death was hard on members and fans. A memorial service was broadcast online. Mark Benson performed "In My Life" at the service.
The band's mission is to actually recreate the 1964 Beatles invasion of America. The "concept is performing a show that gives you an idea of what it was like to see the Beatles when they were touring," says Benson.[2] 1964 The Tribute appear on stage at the Poncan Theatre in Ponca City, Oklahoma on June 6, 2008


The band's mission is to accurately recreate the 1964 Beatle invasion of America. They play a set of all early Beatles music, with some middle Beatles thrown in. Sometimes the group's costumes reflect the Beatles' early period, and sometimes they wear replicas of the Shea Stadium concert apparel from 1965. The "concept is performing a show that gives you an idea of what it was like to see the Beatles when they were touring," says Benson.[2] "It's definitely a music gig, but there's an acting element to it," says Tom Work.[1] "None of us is really an actor per se. I probably come closest because I've done some plays, just in community theater. But there's some acting. You need to adopt the body language, the speaking voice. Those two things, I guess, for this kind of a role are two aspects that resemble acting. Everything else is more musicianship and vocal impersonation — singing, I mean."[1] The group separates its life onstage from offstage. "We didn't want to be them, just wanted to portray them," says Work.[1] "No one really considered wearing those boots around all the time or the tight pants or having hair that looked like that. We were musicians before, professional, full-time musicians. We didn't start doing Beatles until we were 30." The members are getting older, but are doing better than ever.[1]


PBS Soundtrack CD[edit]

  1. I Saw Her Standing There
  2. I Want to Hold Your Hand
  3. From Me to You
  4. Love Me Do
  5. Please Please Me
  6. Do You Want to Know a Secret?
  7. All My Loving
  8. This Boy
  9. And I Love Her
  10. Act Naturally
  11. Eight Days a Week
  12. A Hard Day's Night
  13. I Should Have Known Better
  14. If I Fell
  15. Can't Buy Me Love
  16. Nowhere Man
  17. Twist and Shout
  18. Roll Over Beethoven
  19. I Feel Fine
  20. Paperback Writer
  21. In My Life
  22. If I Needed Someone
  23. We Can Work It Out
  24. Yellow Submarine
  25. Yesterday
  26. Help!
  27. Day Tripper
  28. She Loves You

"All You Need Is Live!"[edit]

Disc 1[edit]

  1. I Saw Her Standing There
  2. I Want To Hold Your Hand
  3. Love Me Do
  4. Please Please Me
  5. Do You Want to Know a Secret?
  6. All My Loving
  7. This Boy
  8. Till There Was You
  9. Eight Days a Week
  10. A Hard Day's Night
  11. I Should Have Known Better
  12. Nowhere Man
  13. Can't Buy Me Love

Disc 2[edit]

  1. Twist and Shout
  2. Roll Over Beethoven
  3. I Feel Fine
  4. Michelle
  5. And Your Bird Can Sing
  6. Taxman
  7. I'm a Loser
  8. I Don't Want to Spoil the Party
  9. Yellow Submarine
  10. Yesterday
  11. Help!
  12. Day Tripper
  13. She Loves You
  14. Dizzy Miss Lizzy
  15. Long Tall Sally

Nine Hours in November[edit]

  1. It Won't Be Long
  2. There's a Place
  3. I'll Follow the Sun
  4. If I Fell
  5. Boys
  6. Slow Down
  7. Kansas City
  8. Bad Boy
  9. Don't Bother Me
  10. And I Love Her
  11. Any Time at All
  12. You Can't Do That
  13. I'm Down
  14. Rock and Roll Music

Starhand Visions[edit]

Original material by Gary Grimes. Other members are on the album throughout it.

  1. They're Here...
  2. The Arrival Theme
  3. The Illusion
  4. From the Light of Change
  5. Hold On
  6. Hold On to Love
  7. Daydream Lover
  8. Marla Star
  9. Take Good Care of Her Heart
  10. Would You Say No?
  11. Tell Her I'm Home
  12. You Are My Heart
  13. Because of You
  14. I Can't Live Without Your Love
  15. Feel the Fire


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