The Beatles during their press conference in Baltimore, 13 September 1964
Photo: Mike Mitchell
One of the myths surrounding The Beatles’ 1964 North American tour is an alleged visit by George Harrison to a typical American high school, for about a half an hour. The school in question: Mercy High School, in Baltimore. The following is a news blurb from 50 years ago:
"BALTIMORE (AP) - It’s incredible, but a Beatle visited a school for girls and not a soul swooned. Sister Mary Michelle, principal of Mercy High School, said it was because the girls just couldn’t believe it was George Harrison. ‘They probably thought he was just another visitor,’ said the nun. ‘He was sort of out of context to them.’ Harrison visited the school Monday [September 14] before the Beatles flew off to Pittsburgh after being ‘in context’ at the Civic Center Sunday [September 13]." - The News, p 12, September 16, 1964 [x]
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"Ringo and George were most taken by the Dandy look. Ringo in particular spent a lot of time in very sharp suits with interesting collars and cuffs, set off by shorts with ruffled fronts. The a London stylist Julian Carr thinks Ringo - and George - great Dandies of their time, and he is not wrong." - Fab Gear: The Beatles and Fashion by Paolo Hewitt