Published December 15, 2014 by zuzusays

Gene McVay On Guard


Just after midnight on September 19, 1964, the tranquility of the sleepy delta town of Walnut Ridge was disturbed by the sound of an airliner approaching the old WWII runways of the town’s airport. Although the long runways could accommodate airliners, this was a very unusual occurrence. Three local teens decided to drive out to the airport to see what was going on. They watched in amazement as  John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr stepped off the plane. The Beatles, the biggest rock band in the world, had arrived at Walnut Ridge, Arkansas.

After performing in Dallas on that Friday evening, the Beatles were headed to a weekend vacation at a dude ranch in nearby Missouri. The ranch was owned by Reed Pigman, Sr., who operated the charter airline that flew the Beatles around the country. Walnut Ridge had the closest airport that could accommodate such a…

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