The biggest crowds to welcome the Beatles were in Australia
The biggest crowds ever to welcome the Beatles were in Australia. But Ringo wasn’t there.
When the Beatles arrived in Australia in June of 1964, they were welcomed by a frenzied crowd of 300,000 people, who lined the streets as the Beatles drove past them and waved. Ringo, however, was stuck in the hospital, sick with tonsillitis, and was replaced by a stand-in drummer named Jimmie Nicol.