What to do on a sweltering Saturday in soon-to-be-October?
Head out on a mini-excursion to feast our eyes on elongated editions of The Beatles, of course! It’s crazy that these 36-foot-dudes have been practically living in our city this whole time and we’d never heard about them before!
John, Paul, Ringo and George can be found in a semi-abandoned lot near the former studio of the great artist and Texas sculptor David Adickes, along with an ever-changing collection of president heads and busts he’s created throughout the years. Yes, it’s technically private property—but visitors are welcome to mosey and meander between Lincoln, Roosevelt, Clinton and oh so many more! Ah, art. Bold, bizarre, beautiful art.
Adickes was born in Huntsville, Texas. After graduating from Sam Houston State University with degrees in both math and physics in 1948, Adickes went to the Kansas City Art Institute. He studied painting there, and then went to Paris where he studied art for two years. In 1957, he lived for a year in Japan and then traveled extensively over the next 10 years in the Far East, Mid East, Europe, Russia and North Africa.
Yes, this is the same artist that created, “I LOVE HOUSTON” sign that I posted a couple of weeks ago, click here if you missed it.
Mr. Adickes wants to make sure he leaves behind a substantial body of work. “These will be my legacy,” he says of his gargantuan statues. “And they will be very hard to move.”
On Aug. 19, 1965, the Beatles played their only two concerts in Houston.
They arrived at Houston International Airport — now Hobby Airport — at about 1 a.m. that Thursday amid the mass chaos of thousands of over-excited teenagers run amok. The spent a few hours at the Sheraton-Lincoln Hotel downtown and conducted a news conference there.
They played two identical 35-minute shows — one at 3:30 p.m. and the other at 8 p.m. Before midnight, they were on a plane to Chicago some $84,000 — in cash — richer than when they arrived in Houston, according to newspaper accounts. (That tidy sum would be equivalent to about $580,000 today, according to the Consumer Price Index inflation calculator.)
Here’s their 12-song set list for both shows:
Twist And Shout, She’s A Woman, I Feel Fine, Dizzy Miss Lizzy, Ticket To Ride, Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby, Can’t Buy Me Love, Baby’s In Black, I Wanna Be Your Man, A Hard Day’s Night, Help and I’m Down.
There are NOT enough words here on this blog, to describe what this girl would do, to go back in time and be there to see the Fab Four in 1965!!!!
I’m sure it was a site to behold!
Oh, George, John, Ringo and Paul…you will always have a piece of my heart!
Well, I leave you with this…what was YOUR favorite Beatles song?