Lennon, McCartney and a 21-Year-Old Miami Journalist

Larry Kane's mom was right.

As Ron Howard’s documentary The Beatles: Eight Days a Week–The Touring Years makes its way around the globe, retired journalist Larry Kane continues to reminisce about his prominent on-camera role.

It was Kane’s mom who urged the then-21-year-old Miami based reporter to follow The Beatles on tour in 1964 (“They’re going to be big,” she said). And as Kane once also shared in his 2005 book, several band members showed their true mettle a decade later. From Kane’s chat with South China Morning Post reporter Kylie Knott:

When Kane lost his mother to multiple sclerosis (MS) aged just 40, he said he received much support from Lennon and McCartney,who had both lost their mothers at a young age. “Lennon even came to visit me in the U.S. in 1975 to support an MS charity fundraiser.”

By that time, Kane was working as a TV anchor in Philadelphia. The Helping Hand fundraiser was held there, and during Lennon’s time in the City of Brotherly Love, the visiting Beatle also delivered a weather forecast segment during Kane’s broadcast!

Lots more fun memories in the SCMP piece. Also, if you missed retired broadcaster Vin Scully’s near-final recollections about the Beatles’ visit to Dodger Stadium in 1966, check that out, below.

@hollywoodspin rhorgan@gmail.com Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.