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Sid Bernstein obit

SID BERNSTEIN, the legendary concert promoter best known for staging early shows by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, died in his sleep Wednesday in his native New York. He was 95. The forward-thinking Bernstein made the Beatles’ the first rock band to play Carnegie Hall, booking a pair of shows during their first U.S. tour in 1964. He also arranged the Stones' first five stateside gigs, putting himself in the vanguard of a historic musical explosion. "The first dozen groups of the British Invasion were my imports," Bernstein said. "But look, it was no stroke of genius. I was just doing my homework at the time." The promoter’s pice de résistance was putting on rock's first major stadium concert, bringing the Beatles to Shea Stadium in 1965. Bernstein had the brainstorm after a Carnegie Hall official told him the demand for tickets was so high that he could have sold out 50 dates. In a documentary about Bernstein's life, James Brown said the promoter was the only mainstream impresario booking black singers in the 1960s, putting him "in the forefront of race relations." (8/22a)

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