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OK, NPR distinctly says "this morning"; it's a damn speedy world, since our 15:53 edit implies a pre-8AM press release in LA where he died!
Death announced today (5 minutes back, for me) & i didn't catch what day, but i bet yesterday in his local time, until i hear otherwise.
--Jerzy•t 18:07 & 19:18, 6 January 2006 (UTC)
Rawls Opens for Beatles?
"In 1961, Rawls was the opening act for The Beatles at Crosley Field in Cincinnati, Ohio" I don't think so! It is common knowledge that the first tour of the USA by The Beatles was in 1964. [Gary, Australia]
I believe the Beatles concert at Crosley Field was in 1964. 
The Beatles played Crosley Field on August 21 1966 (see ticket stub ). The concert was rained out on 8/20, so the Beatles played there the next afternoon then travelled to St.Louis for an evening concert at Busch Stadium later the same evening. The story of Rawls opening for the Beatles at Crosley field is often repeated, with the year given variously as 1961, 1962, or 1964. It appears in some of the wire stories announcing his death today, but as other's have suggested, it's at least partly wrong because the Beatles weren't in the US that early. I think the claim originates with Rawls himself (see bio at his website ). Perhaps he was scheduled for a concert on the 21st and it turned into a double-bill, but doesn't it seem like an odd pairing to make intentionally? And besides, wasn't Rawls a headliner by 1966? --Anson2995 22:32, 6 January 2006 (UTC)
- Thanks, all, for the correction. I'm not a Beatles fan, and wasn't alive then, so all I had was my source from AP via the San Francisco Chronicle , which I guess is wrong. Apologies. Should have done more verifying. :( --NightMonkey 10:03, 7 January 2006 (UTC)
- Well, to atone, I wrote to the SF Chronicle to correct the AP wire story. Ha, Wikipeida editors correcting an AP story. What is the world coming to? :) --NightMonkey 10:17, 7 January 2006 (UTC)
50-year-old Beatle fan here (got Magical Mystery Tour LP for Christmas when I was 12, along with Ravi Shankar Live At Monterey Pop Festival LP (vinyl, remember?). When I saw the "Lou Rawls toured with the Beatles in 1961", it took a while to pick my jaw up...it had dropped. No way, and shame on that Wilson guy at AP for making such a bonehead statement.
It's like we are trying to unearth a secret mystery hidden in a haystack, when this is the frickin' Beatles, arguably the world's most popular band. I'm rather shocked, and a bit saddened, that in this day of rapid-fire info, we are having such a hard time finding out if and when Lou Rawls opened for the Beatles. It sounds incongruous, but then again Jimi Hendrix actually opened for the Monkees in a few summer '67 concerts before he got his own tour, so anything is possible! I will keep looking to see if any music detectives can verify who opened August 21, 1966.
By the way, rest in peace, Lou. Kevin [Jan. 9, 2006]
Year of Birth
The note says that the websites showing him born in 1935 are in "error". Yet we merely assert he was born 1933, without any citation at all. In order to refute an alternative date, we must have an authority for the date we prefer. JackofOz 01:07, 15 January 2006 (UTC)
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