“For our last number, I’d like to ask your help. Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? All the rest of you, if you’ll just rattle your jewelry” John Lennon – 1963 Royal Command Performance

John Lennon’s stage banter took place at the Nov. 4, 1963 London’s Prince of Wales Theatre for the Royal Variety Performance and was addressed to an audience that included the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret. More information can be found at The Beatles Play for the Queen by Andrew Grant Jackson (Slate: Nov. 4 2013).

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