Some little known facts:
- The Beatles only toured worldwide for 3 years.
- Bob Eubanks was 1 of the only promoters to promote all 3 years of the North American tour in Los Angeles, CA.
- There was no merchandise items, with the exception of the “official program” sold at any of the venues.
- This Ad, placed in the LA Times was all that was used to promote the appearance, along with radio advertisement. No posters or backstage passes were ever used or printed, or even existed back in 1965, that form of promotion took place years later.
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He’s One of A Kind
There are successful DJ’s like Ryan Seacrest, Casey Kasem, and Rick Dees. There are artist managers who take unknown personalities and make them big stars. There are concert promoters like Live Nation and AEG. There are TV producers who are known within the industry and there are TV personalities like Tom Bergeron, Bob Barker, and Pat Sajak. There are people who have won multiple Emmy’s, and there are people that have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But only one person, in the entire entertainment industry, has done it all - Bob Eubanks.
In 1964 he was one of the top Rock and Roll DJ’s in Los Angeles at the number one radio stations. He had developed a chain of young adult night clubs called the Cinnamon Cinders. At the time, you had to be 21 years old to go to nightclubs due to the California liquor laws. These clubs were in every sense a night club, with a house band, dancing and live entertainment. The difference was no alcohol was served and you had to be 18-25 years of age to attend. The “Cinders “ became nationally known through a hit record recorded by one of the house bands entitled CC Cinnamon Cinder, and the quality of hit Artists that performed there weekly. Everyone from Ike & Tina Turner to Jerry Lee Lewis, to Stevie Wonder were regularly featured. But the biggest success story was The Righteous Brothers who started their career at the Long Beach Cinnamon Cinder, years before recording You Lost that Loving Feeling, and played there for the last time on New Year’s Eve, 1963 . They would go on to open for a British Group that swept the US, and many decades of headlining concerts around the world.
Because of Bob’s weekly involvement with talent at the clubs and on local TV, he was keen to recognize a new movement in music. When the Beatles came along there was an overwhelming response to their music , which he felt nightly on his radio show. So, he ventured into what would later be known as the concert business. No Rock n’ Roll act had ever played large venues or played without numerous other hit record artists on the program. Bob risked all and pioneered what would later become known worldwide as the historic 1964 Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl Concert on August 23, 1964. The following summer, he would repeat this feat with two shows at the Hollywood Bowl, on August 29 and 30, 1965. Then, in 1966, he would promote the Beatles final Los Angeles appearance at Dodger Stadium. Eubanks is one of only three individuals to promote the Beatles Concerts, all three years they toured in America.
He went on to produced some of the biggest concerts ever which included The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, the Dave Clark Five and Bob Dylan just to name a few. It seemed that Bob had found a new business in promoting concerts that would continue for decades. He would be the “go-to” promoter in Los Angeles, and establish a large concert company he would later to sell to Filmways. After leaving the Filmways company, and a few years hiatus, he again pioneered new territory by producing concerts in major cities, in major venues/arena’s with Country Music artists, which up until that time had mainly performed in nightclubs and state fairs.
In 1972, Eubanks entered the world of country music. He became the exclusive promoter for country star Merle Haggard for ten years. During that time he also managed and crafted the careers of Dolly Parton, Barbara Mandrell, and Marty Robbins.
Bob’s career continued beyond concert promotions. Living in Los Angeles, it allowed him to become very active in television both in front of and behind the camera! He was one of the top TV producers, having produced network and syndicated game shows and variety TV.
Producing television shows for all four of the major networks and for the syndicated market. Producer credits include: • The Toni Tennille Show • Buddy Hackett's You Bet Your Life • All Star Secrets • The Guinness Game • Infatuation, Motion Picture Producer Credits: • Payback.
He hosted some of television’s most successful daytime programs, such as The Newlywed Game and Card Sharks. He is the only game show personality to host the same format with original programming for five decades. TV Guide named him one of the top five Game Show Hosts of all time. He’s won 8 Emmy’s, including a lifetime achievement award and became the last person to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the twentieth century.
Each year Bob can be seen all over the world hosting the Emmy Award winning coverage of the Tournament of Roses New Year's Day Parade for Tribune Broadcasting and the Hallmark Channel. His ratings usually are double the other channels combined.
Currently Bob Eubanks is a highly demanded Keynote Speaker to corporate America. Speaking to such companies as Southwest Airlines, John Hancock Insurance, & Wells Fargo Bank just to name a few. Eubanks shares his unique business philosophy to corporate America, which has made him one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the entertainment industry.
Bob currently resides in Southern California with his wife, Debbie and son Noah…….
Oh and by the way… he’s a heck of a cowboy! I guess he really is ONE OF A KIND!
Bob Eubanks Recalls Bringing The Beatles To The Hollywood Bowl
With the 50th anniversary of The Beatles first arriving to JFK Airport happening today, The K-EARTH 101 Morning Show spoke with legendary game show host Bob Eubanks, who was responsible for bringing The Beatles to the Hollywood Bowl.
At this time 50 years ago, Bob Eubanks was already a big time radio personality here in Los Angeles and remembers when the Fab Four first landed in the states.
“We could tell something really, really special was about to happen, and when they did the Sullivan show, as far as I’m concerned, the world of music changed,” said Bob. “At that time it was Elvis and Motown and Beach Boys, it all disappeared and they took over. The four very talented, incredibly talented young men arrived…not long after that they announced they would tour America, and that’s when I got involved.”
So how did it happened that Bob Eubanks booked The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl? After one concert promoter turned down the offer because they didn’t have enough money to book the band, Bob snatched up the opportunity.
“They wanted $25,000, I didn’t have $25,000, so my partner Mickey Brown and I borrowed money on a house we had as an investment and that was the beginning of my concert promotion career,” he said.
Bob brought the Beatles to the Bowl once in 1964, then the next year booked two performances from them at the Bowl and the third year brought them to Dodger Stadium.