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Sid Bernstein: Legendary Music Promoter Dies

Sid Bernstein, the man who is credited with bringing The Beatles to America in 1964, has died.

The legendary concert promoter, who staged shows for the Fab Four and The Rolling Stones, passed away on Wednesday. He was 95.

Bernstein was the brains behind The Beatles’ first New York shows at Carnegie Hall shows in 1964 and their fabled Shea Stadium show in New York in 1965. He also promoted The Rolling Stones’ first five U.S. gigs.

He also attempted to persuade the Fab Four to reunite in 1976 and 1979 for charity shows.

Bernstein also worked with Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Liza Minnelli, James Brown and Jimi Hendrix, among others.

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