How the Beatles Really Ended Up at a Garden Party in Brentwood Los Angeles Magazine

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The Beatles at a garden party fund-raiser for the Hemophilia Society in Brentwood, 1964.

ALAN HAD TO ARRANGE GETTING THE BEATLES THERE, AND CALLED HIS USUAL LIMO SERVICE, FEELING OBLIGED TO TELL THEM WHO THEY WOULD BE TRANSPORTING. THEY TURNED HIM DOWN—THEY DIDN’T WANT TO RISK GETTING THEIR LIMO DAMAGED BY “CRAZY KIDS.” ALAN CALLED EVERY LIMO SERVICE IN TOWN BUT NONE WOULD HANDLE THE BAND. HE CALLED BRINKS ARMORED CARS, TOLD THEM OF HIS PROBLEM, AND ASKED IF THEY WOULD TRANSPORT THE GROUP. THEY HAD TO CALL THEIR HOME OFFICE IN DENVER, AND CAME BACK WITH A NEGATIVE RESPONSE. FINALLY ALAN WENT BACK TO HIS REGULAR LIMO SERVICE AGAIN AND SAID HE WOULD PAY FOR ANY DAMAGE TO THEIR CAR. “IT ISN’T ONLY THAT, MR. LIVINGSTON,” WAS THE ANSWER. “IT’S THE LOSS OF BUSINESS IF THE CAR IS LAID UP IN THE BODY SHOP.” ALAN ASKED, “WHAT’S THE AVERAGE FEE YOU GET PER DAY PER CAR?” THEY TOLD HIM AND HE SENT THEM A LETTER GUARANTEEING NOT ONLY DAMAGES BUT LOSS OF USE OF THE CAR, TOO. THEY FINALLY AGREED AND THE BEATLES WERE DELIVERED TO MY MOTHER’S HOME WITHOUT INCIDENT. THE RIOT SQUAD CAME CLOSE TO BEING CALLED OUT OF THE GARAGE. THE POLICE TOLD US LATER THAT IN ONE AREA THE SECURITY ROPE NEARLY GAVE WAY TO THE SURGING CROWD OF KIDS. MY MOTHER’S NEXT-DOOR NEIGHBOR CALLED AND SAID HE HAD A GUN AND WARNED US THAT HE WOULD SHOOT ANYONE WHO PUT A FOOT THROUGH THE HEDGE INTO HIS GARDEN. THANK GOD IT ALL STAYED UNDER CONTROL.

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