(Introduction: Judith Reed West, author of “A Date With a Beatle” as Judith Kristen, was 17 when the Beatles played Shea Stadium in 1965. She attended the sold-out concert and wrote a lengthy diary entry the day after with a detailed account of her experience. In Part 1, which you can find here, she talked about getting to the concert and her face-to-face meeting with George Harrison. Here is the conclusion in which she describes the concert. Thanks, Judith, for letting us print this.)
(August 16, 1965)
“I tried to give them equal ‘eye’ time. Paul was first, then John and Ringo. Then Ringo got behind Paul and last and best of all was my George!!!! They were all holding their guitars and I guess Ringo had his drumsticks. They wore camel jackets and either dark blue or black pants (probably black). We didn’t care if we were sitting in the worst seats at Shea. We were there with the Beatles!!!! I was the luckiest girl on earth!!!
“When the Boys headed for the stage, I never saw so many flashbulbs go off in my life. It was like a million stars were in the stadium.
“I got a tour book and wrote down every song they sang. I sang and danced. So did Ellen. We had so much fun and so did our new friends from Yonkers. George was so beautiful even from far away. The way he moves and sings. I JUST LOVE HIM! He’s an angel with a guitar!! (Her diary has a heart symbol over the word “guitar.”) He sang ‘Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby’ (Hey! I Know I Am!!)
“When they sang ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ and ‘Help!,’ it was the craziest time of all. OH! And at one point, our section (we were so far away) we wanted them to notice us and we all kind of starting crossing our arms over each other like making an “X.” AND JOHN SAW US!! And John crossed his arms over his head right back at us! HE SAW US!!!!
“When Paul sang ‘I’m Down,’ we knew it was the last song. I hung on every word and glued my eyes to the stage so hard. Then it ended and they ran off the state and drove right off the field. I waved until I couldn’t see the car any more. The last thing I said was, ‘I LOVE YOU, GEORGE!!!’
“I sang ‘I’m Down’ all the way out of the stadium, most of the way home and as I fell asleep last night. Now I can’t sing anything! My throat isn’t sore. I just can’t talk! (I guess Mom will be happy.) Ha! Ha!
“Last night was like lightning striking, but it didn’t hurt. I just felt like I got a jolt of magic.”
“Judith Harrison” (She says she signed everything “Judith Harrison” in those days. “If it wasn’t for that darned Pattie Boyd,” she said with a laugh.)