New book about The Beatles in Florida in 1964 — plus the Penny Lane museum in Dunedin

Good Day Sunshine State book. Music
Good Day Sunshine State book by Bob Kealing about The Beatles in Florida in 1964. Photo illustration with LP of Meet The Beatles by Seán Kinane/WMNF.

The Beatles came to Florida twice in 1964 and a new book chronicles the musical, cultural and social importance of those visits to Miami Beach, Key West and Jacksonville.

On WMNF’s Tuesday Cafe (March 7, 2023), we interviewed Bob Kealing about his new book, Good Day Sunshine State — How the Beatles Rocked Florida, published by the University Press of Florida.

We were also joined by the curator of Penny Lane the Ultimate Beatles Museum in Dunedin, Florida, Harlan Brown. He spoke about some Beatles memorabilia, including a ticket stub and a newspaper ad from their Jacksonville concert in 1964.

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There are a couple of Facebook pages of note to fans of the Beatles’ 1964 trip to Florida.

The Beatles in Key West

In Key West, John Lennon and Paul McCartney talked and cried in an emotional all-night session that Paul described on Fresh Air in 2001.

WMNF’s Tuesday Café

Tuesday Café airs weekly on WMNF beginning at 10:06 a.m. ET.

You can listen live on 88.5 FM in Tampa Bay, on or on the WMNF Community Radio app.

You can listen anytime on demand on or by subscribing to the Tuesday Café podcast on your favorite podcast platform. – WMNF’s Tuesday Café with Seán Kinane.

On March 25, WMNF is hosting a station fundraiser with local bands paying tribute to sixty years of the Beatles. It’s at Skipper’s Smokehouse and you can get tickets and more information here.

The Beatles on Ed Sullivan in Miami Beach:

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