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The Beatles in Hong Kong - 8th June, 1964

The Beatles in Hong Kong - 8th June, 1964

John Lennon

Paul McCartney

George Harrison


President Hotel, Nathan Road

The Beatles signed this for Wes Epae, 50 years ago on the 8th of June, 1964. 

Wes was a member of a New Zealand band, the Maori Hi-Five. The band was the one of the supporting acts for the Beatles' shows at the Princess Theatre the next day. When Wes visited the Beatles in their hotel suite at the President Hotel, he asked for their autographs. The nearest piece of paper was this sheet of hotel stationery....

Soon after, Wes passed the paper as a gift to Pixie Monteiro, his future wife. At the time she was an entertainer and model based in Singapore, and coincidentally would also meet the Beatles.

From Hong Kong the Beatles traveled on to Australia and New Zealand, then returned to England with a re-fuelling stop at Singapore. The Singaporean government asked Pixie, on behalf of the people of Singapore, to go on to The Beatles’ plane to present them with songkoks, a cap worn in Singapore and elsewhere in Southeast Asia.

Later that year Wes and Pixie married, but subsequently divorced. Pixie has since re-married and is now known as Linda Weisser. She has kept this paper safe for close to fifty years, only recently deciding to sell it. It is now part of local collector Roy Delbyck's collection.

If you were in Hong Kong when the Beatles visited, do you have any memories or memorabilia you can share?

Regards, David

Thanks to local collector Roy Delbyck for showing this item from his collection, and explaining its background. Roy has an interesting assortment of books, documents and other memorabilia related to Hong Kong and China, and would like to hear from readers with similar interests. If you'd like to contact Roy, please send me an email and I'll forward it to him. 

Where was Ringo?

Ringo was sick and had to miss the Hong Kong shows, so Jimmy Nichol was hired to play drums in his place. Once Ringo recovered he rejoined the tour in Australia.

Media clips

Video of the Beatles' flight to Hong Kong and their time in Hong Kong:

Press conference in Hong Kong:

Interview in Australia, discussing their time in Hong Kong:

The President Hotel:

1960s President Hotel

The Princess Theatre:

1950s Fred Evans' photos

Elsewhere on this week:

Date picture taken (may be approximate): 
Monday, June 8, 1964


The Beatles arrive at Kai Tak - 1964

I am a history research student in the University of Hong Kong.I am currently also preparing a research project about the youth cultures in Hong Kong in the sixties, in which the Beatles visit to Hong Kong will be a central part of my research. As a result, I am also looking for materials and people that is related to the Beatles visit to Hong Kong in 1964. Does anyone have any materials related to that event or do you happen to know anyone that was related to or took part in the event?It would be very valuable for my research and I would be very grateful. Thank you very much for your attention.

Uncle Ray Cordiero interviewed the Beatles in Hong Kong and seems to have spent some time with them.  I am sure he would be tickled to hear from a researcher.  RTHK may well have tapes, too.

Thank you. I have thought of interviewing Uncle Ray too. It would be really cool if I can do that. 


I recently came across a sketch that John Lennon did when he visited HK with Yoko Ono and they stayed at the old Hilton hotel. There is someone who live in HK and squired them around HK. Would he be useful to speak with?

Best, Christine Houston




Thanks a lot, Christine. But when did Lennon and Yoko Ono visit Hong Kong?? Was it after Beatles has disbanded? or was it still during the 60s when the Beatles still active?