New York Times

August 02 1971

40,000 Cheer 2 Beatles in Dual Benefit for Pakistanis

2 Beatles Are Reunited in Benefit at Garden

By Grace Lichtenstein

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Two of the four Beatles, the rock group that came out of Liverpool to make musical history in the nine teen‐sixties, were reunited on stage for the first time in more than four years yesterday. Over 40,000 people acclaimed them at two sold out concerts at Madison Square Garden for the benefit of East Pakistani refugees.

Performing some of the hit songs they had never played before a live audience, George Harrison and Ringo Starr thrilled more than 20, 000 cheering, well‐behaved fans at the afternoon con cert when they brought out an unannounced guest: Bob Dylan.

Those who had hoped for an appearance by a third Beatle, John Lennon, were disappointed. But most of the concertgoers seemed more than satisfied by the 2‐hour 15‐minute show, which featured some of the most famous musicians on the pop music scene.

“I'm shaking like a leaf; it's the thrill of a lifetime,” said a 17‐year‐old girl in the uppermost reaches of the Garden balcony who identified herself only as Debby of James Madison High School in Brooklyn.

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