The Fab Four's Australian Connections

'It was 50 years ago today, Sgt Pepper taught the band to play.'

The Beatles' classic album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was released in June 1967, but John, Paul, George and Ringo had long held a place in the hearts of Australian music fans before that.

The level of excitement and hysteria that came with Beatlemania, particularly when The Beatles visited Australia in 1964, was unprecedented and the images and newsreels of screaming fans devoted to The Fab Four are well documented.

Lesser known are the stories of some Australians who had the opportunity to work with The Beatles during their rise to fame and in their heyday. We have included some of those stories in this collection alongside sights and sounds detailing the chaos and commotion of the band's 1964 tour.