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Rolling Stones Make U.S. Debut at San Bernardino

average to .389. The Orioles got homers from Brooks Robinson, Boog Powell, and Jackie Brandt.

Bob Allison had one misgiving. “I let an RBI slip through my hands in the ninth,” he said, “but Haddix is tough. Baltimore must have great pitching if they’re using him in relief in an 11-5 game.”

For Minnesota manager Sam Mele, the day was a pleasant one. Long before his Twins were bombing Baltimore, Sam shot an 80, his season’s best, in a morning round at North Oaks.

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Rolling Stones Make U.S. Debut at San Bernardino


June 5, 1964 - With a Sheriff’s Office riot squad holding off the screaming crowd, a British rock ’n’ roll group called the Rolling Stones made their U.S. debut tonight at Swing Auditorium in San Bernardino, Calif.

Thirty-five hundred hysterical teenagers stood throughout the entire show on chairs meant for sitting.

Even with the riot squad surrounding the stage, hysterical girls broke through the lines four separate times to hug and kiss the performing “Stones.” In each case, they were half-carried, half-dragged off.

As their idols performed their rhythm and blues hits, the teenage crowd pelted the stage with every conceivable item, including shoes, wallets, a hairclip, a banana, two silk stockings, a garter belt, and socks.

After the concert, a crowd of about 2,000 surrounded the Stones’ bus parked at the stage door.

The Sheriff’s Office, anticipating what was to follow, had taken the precaution of barricading the area with wooden horses.

The riot squad stood behind the barrier and, after about 15 minutes, the Stones appeared.

One by one, they dashed for the bus, as the barricades splintered under the crush of young humanity. For a few seconds, the crowd of mostly neat young boys and girls became a mob, and the deputies were swept up in the wave.

But somehow, they got the Stones on the bus. The musicians were sweating, but smiling.

Then with deputies surrounding it, the bus headed off the grounds of the Inland Empire Exposition Center.

“They’d better keep going and not stop,” said Lieutenant Eugene Majors, head of the riot squad.

The Rolling Stones are billed as England’s biggest selling rock ’n’ roll group. Reportedly, they are currently more popular than the Beatles on that isle.

They make the Beatles look like Ivy Leaguers.

They don’t wear uniform outfits. They apparently wear their street clothes when they perform. Their hair is long — very long.

“The kids started lining up out here at 10 in the morning,” reported Captain Ken Stoudt, chief of police.

Stoudt said 10 extra policemen were hired for the show. This was in addition to the sheriff’s riot squad and four plainclothesmen from the Sheriff’s Office.

“We just felt the situation might get out of hand,” said a Sheriff’s Office authority.

And it almost did. When they opened the doors, the screaming crowd jammed through en masse. The doors were literally ripped off the hinges, and one window was broken.

A Southern California combo opened the show and performed for about an hour.

Every so often, one of the five Stones would appear briefly at a stageside door. The audience would momentarily forget about the group on stage and scream its approval.

By the time the Stones were introduced, the audience was begging for them.

“I want to hear one minute of screaming to welcome the Rolling Stones,” shouted a D.J. He heard it.

The Stones did about 10 songs, including two best sellers — “Walkin’ the Dog” and “Route 66.”

Says Kelly Chace, a girl who rode the bus from Los Angeles to San Bernardino to see the Stones: “They’re beautiful. Their eyes are beautiful. The Rolling Stones are definitely different. When you see them in person, they are just fab!”

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