The Four Tops perform at the Savile Theatre

Sunday, November 13, 1966
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Saville Theatre, London, UK

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On this day, The Four Tops performed at the Savile Theatre in London. The venue was owned by Brian Epstein, The Beatles’ manager. The backdrop for the performance was designed by Paul McCartney.

In April 2023, Paul McCartney’s stage designs for Savile Theatre went on display at the Liverpool Beatles Museum, including the one used for The Four Top’s performance.

From BBC News, April 27, 2023:

Mr Best said Sir Paul was invited to come up with the designs in 1966 by Epstein, who had put on concerts by artists including the Bee Gees, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Chuck Berry at the theatre. One of his designs, featuring stars and stripes, was used as the backdrop for Motown legends The Four Tops. […]

Liverpool artist Anthony Brown, who unveiled the designs at the museum, said he had seen Sir Paul’s work before and it made “absolute perfect sense that he would do something like that“. “I think the designs are good; some are more complicated than others,” he said. “I think the most perfect one is the one they used for the backdrop for the Four Tops.“

Beatle Paul, designer

The back-cloth for the Four Tops concerts at London’s Saville Theatre on Sunday night is from a drawing by Paul McCartney.

From New Musical Express – November 11, 1966
From New Musical Express – November 11, 1966

From Facebook, November 13, 2017 – 51 years ago today, the Four Tops performed at London’s Saville Theatre in their United Kingdom debut.

Last updated on April 29, 2023

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