We never play to segregated audiences and we aren’t going to start now. I’d sooner lose our appearance money
At one concert – exactly 52 years ago today – they forced organisers to allow black and white fans to mingle after threatening to boycott the gig.
John Lennon was so furious when he discovered that the Gator Bowl stadium in Jacksonville, Florida would be racially segregated that he issued a press statement saying the group would not appear unless black fans were allowed to sit where they liked.
The Beatles played a key role in helping to stamp out racial segregation in the US