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The Briarwood Singers were signed to United Artists which had arranged the Beatles’ Carnegie Hall concert.

The Beatles were paid less than $10,000 for the Carnegie Hall performances, says Beatles historian Bob Zack of Sarasota, Fla. Tickets cost between $3 and $5.50.

The Singers confidently played their set and the audience, nearly 3,000 people (mostly young girls) for each performance, listened attentively.

In attendance were several notables, according to Zack, including Lauren Bacall, Shirley Bassey, and Nelson Rockefeller’s wife, Happy.

The songs from their album, “Well, Well, Well,” were well liked, and the crowd enjoyed “Rovin’ Gambler,” ”Pastures Aplenty” and “500 Miles.”

It was folk music, and the nation was used to it, accepted it, even liked it.

“We did a lot of our faster songs,” Beach recalled.

The Briarwood Singers played a 20-minute set, thanked the crowd and left the stage.

Backstage, the venue manager asked them to go back out and play more music.

“The Beatles aren’t ready yet,” the manager said. “We need another 20 minutes.”

The Briarwood Singers took the stage again and during the second set played slower songs. The crowd was chanting, “We want the Beatles.”

The Briarwood Singers finished their second set, left the stage, and when the Beatles came on it was “pandemonium,” Beach says.

The Beatles opened with “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” and the girls screamed, nearly drowning out the rock music struggling to carry through Carnegie Hall.

“It was awesome,” Beach says. “I had never seen anything like it.”

The Briarwood Singers, in their green, plaid suit jackets and black slacks, were five of the many people invited to sit on the stage while the Fab Four performed.

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