1964 The Tribute Rocked The Carolina Theatre Nov. 4th with a pre-Sgt. Pepper Beatles Concert

Nine Entertainment presented 1964 The Tribute, which recreates a Beatles concert from the pre-Sgt. Pepper era, Nov. 4th at The Carolina Theatre of Durham
Nine Entertainment presented 1964 The Tribute, which recreates a Beatles concert from the pre-Sgt. Pepper era, Nov. 4th at The Carolina Theatre of Durham
Nine Entertainment presented 1964 The Tribute, which recreates a Beatles concert from the pre-<em>Sgt. Pepper</em> era, Nov. 4th at The Carolina Theatre of Durham
Nine Entertainment presented 1964 The Tribute, which recreated a Beatles concert from the pre-Sgt. Pepper era, at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4th, at The Carolina Theatre of Durham

To borrow a line from The Beatles’ 1963 chart-topper, “Do You Want to Know a Secret?,” written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon (not Lennon-McCartney, as they are usually billed) and their first Top 10 hit to feature George Harrison on lead vocals: “Listen (do dah do), do you want to know a secret (do dah do) …” listening to the Fab Four of 1964 The Tribute are as close as any of us will ever come to hearing the original Fab Four in person. They are the crème de la crème of Beatles tribute shows; and they really rocked The Carolina Theatre of Durham for more than two hours on Friday, Nov. 4th, with their soundalike singing and note-for-note instrumental recreations of 40 hand-clapping, toe-tapping original tunes and covers from The Beatles’ pre-June 1967 catelogue, before the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band rocketed the four lads from Liverpool into the rock-and-roll stratosphere. After Sgt. Pepper, rock-and-roll marched to a decidedly different (psychedelic) drummer.

The lineup of Nashville, TN and Los Angeles, CA-based Nine Entertainment’s Nov. 4th presentation of 1964 The Tribute included two of the Ohio group’s 1984 co-founders: Mark Benson, who plays gum-cracking lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist John Lennon with all Lennon’s trademark cheek, and Tom Work, who has sparks flying from his fingertips as incendiary lead guitarist and occasional vocalist George Harrison. Natural right-hander Mac Ruffing, who taught himself to play Paul McCartney’s trademark Hofner bass left-handed, is a real charmer who shares lead vocal duties; and Bobby Potter provides occasional vocals and pounds out a backbeat a la Ringo Starr in crowd-pleasing fashion.

The three lads from Akron, Ohio and their drummer from Indiana had The Carolina Theatre audience up on its feet, clapping, screaming, and dancing in the aisles from their opening number; and 1964 The Tribute joyfully surfed that tsunami of adulation from first note to last. They reminded Baby Boomers — and showed their children and grandchildren — what Beatlemania was all about while performing all or part of 40 different numbers. (Old fossils, such as yours truly, could have sung along, word for word.)

The first set included “I Want To Hold Your Hand” (John Lennon and Paul McCartney, 1963); “I Saw Her Standing There” (Paul McCartney and John Lennon, 1963); “From Me to You” (McCartney-Lennon, 1963); “Please Please Me” (John Lennon, 1963); “All My Loving” (Paul McCartney, 1963); The Donays’ 1961 hit “Devil in Her Heart” (Richard Drapkin, 1962); The Shirelles 1960 hit “Boys” (Luther Dixon and Wes Farrell, 1960); “This Boy” (John Lennon, 1963); “A Hard Day’s Night” (John Lennon, 1964); “I Should’ve Known Better” (John Lennon, 1964); “If I Fell” (John Lennon, 1964); “I Don’t Want To Spoil The Party” (John Lennon, 1964); “I’m A Loser” (John Lennon, 1964); a medley of “Honey Don’t” (Carl Perkins, 1956) and “Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby” (Carl Perkins, 1957); “Can’t Buy Me Love” (Paul McCartney, 1964); “Paperback Writer” (McCartney-Lennon, 1966).

The second set included The Isley Brothers’ 1962 hit “Twist And Shout” (Phil Medley and Bert Berns, 1961); “The Night Before” (Paul McCartney, 1965); “You Can’t Do That” (John Lennon, 1964); a medley of “If I Needed Someone” (George Harrison, 1965), “What You’re Doing” (Paul McCartney, 1964), “I Call Your Name” (John Lennon, 1964), and “Eight Days A Week” (McCartney-Lennon, 1964); “Drive My Car” (Paul McCartney, 1965); “Ticket to Ride” (John Lennon, 1965); “In My Life” (Lennon-McCartney, 1965); “And Your Bird Can Sing” (John Lennon, 1966); “Taxman” (George Harrison, 1966); Buck Owens and The Buckaroos 1963 hit “Act Naturally” (Johnny Russell and Voni Morrison, 1963); “You’re Gonna Lose That Girl” (Lennon-McCartney, 1965); “Michelle” (McCartney-Lennon, 1965); “Nowhere Man” (John Lennon, 1965); “Help!” (John Lennon, 1965); “Day Tripper” (Lennon-McCartney, 1965); and “She Loves You” (Lennon-McCartney, 1963).

The group’s four encores included “Rock And Roll Music” (Chuck Berry, 1957); “Matchbox” (Carl Perkins, 1957); “Roll Over Beethoven” (Chuck Berry, 1956); and Little Richard’s 1956 hit “Long Tall Sally” (Robert “Bumps” Blackwell, Enotris Johnson, and Little Richard, 1956).

1964 The Tribute includes from left Tom Work as George Harrison, Mac Ruffing as Paul McCartney, Bobby Potter as Ringo Starr, and Mark Benson as John Lennon
1964 The Tribute includes (from left) Tom Work as George Harrison, Mac Ruffing as Paul McCartney, Bobby Potter as Ringo Starr, and Mark Benson as John Lennon

1964 THE TRIBUTE (Nine Entertainment, Nov. 4 in Fletcher Hall at The Carolina Theatre of Durham).

SHOW: http://www.carolinatheatre.org/events/1964-tribute and https://www.facebook.com/events/1671088573169694/.

VIDEO PREVIEWS: http://www.1964site.com/#/video/.

AUDIO SAMPLES: http://www.1964site.com/#/audio/.

PRESENTER: http://nine-entertainment.com/.

VENUE: http://www.carolinatheatre.org/, https://www.facebook.com/CarolinaTheatreDurham, and https://twitter.com/CarolinaDurham.

CAROLINA THEATRE BLOG: http://www.carolinatheatre.org/blog.

OTHER LINKS:

The Beatles (English rock band, formed in 1960 in Liverpool): http://www.thebeatles.com/ (official website), https://www.facebook.com/thebeatles (Facebook page), https://twitter.com/thebeatles (Twitter page), and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Beatles (Wikipedia).

1964 The Tribute (Beatles’ tribute band, formed in 1984): http://www.1964site.com/ (official website), https://www.facebook.com/1964-The-Tribute-110914525593347/ (Facebook page), https://twitter.com/1964press (Twitter page), and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1964_the_Tribute (Wikipedia).

[RUN HAS CONCLUDED.]

EDITOR’S NOTE: Robert W. McDowell has written articles for The News & Observer, The Raleigh Times, Spectator Magazine, CVNC, and Triangle Arts and Entertainment, all based in Raleigh. He edits and publishes two FREE weekly e-mail newsletters. Triangle Review provides comprehensive, in-depth coverage of local performing-arts events. (Start your FREE subscription by e-mailing robertm748@aol.com and typing SUBSCRIBE TR in the Subject: line.) McDowell also maintains a FREE list of movie sneak previews. (To subscribe, e-mail robertm748@aol.com and type SUBSCRIBE FFL FREE in the Subject: line.)

By Robert W. McDowell

Robert W. McDowell is a Raleigh, NC-based freelance writer, editor, and critic. He has written theater, film, book, and music previews and reviews for The News & Observer, The Raleigh Times, Spectator Magazine, and Classical Voice of North Carolina, all based in Raleigh. In 1980-91, he covered business, industry, government, and education for (We the People of) North Carolina magazine, published monthly by N.C. Citizens for Business and Industry. In April 2001, McDowell started Robert's Reviews, a FREE weekly e-mail newsletter that provides comprehensive, in-depth coverage of the performing arts in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, which includes Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro. Triangle Review is the latest-and-greatest version of McDowell's original newsletter. (To start your FREE subscription, e-mail robertm748[at]aol.com and type SUBSCRIBE TR in the Subject: line.) From December 1980 until September 2017, McDowell served on the board of directors of The Cinema, Inc., a Raleigh-based nonprofit film society formed in 1966. He currently publishes a weekly list of FREE advance screenings of movies in the Triangle area. (To have your e-mail address added to this FREE list, e-mail robertm748[at]aol.com and type SUBSCRIBE FFL FREE in the Subject: line.) McDowell also co-edited and supervised the production of Jim Valvano's Guide to Great Eating (JTV Enterprises, 1984), a 224-page sports celebrity cookbook; and he served as a fact checker for Valvano: They Gave Me a Lifetime Contract, and Then They Declared Me Dead (Pocket Books, 1991).

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