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On The Roof, Witnessing The Beatles Final Concert

By Bob Bender

Meet Ken Mansfield, one of the few very select people who actually witnessed the final rooftop concert of the Beatles on that fateful day, January 30th, 1969. On this episode of "The Business Side of Music", Ken shares with us how he got there, what led up to that final performance, and what the Beatles were like to work with. As seen on The 700 Club! HE WAS THERE! Apple Records former US manager Ken Mansfield takes a touching and comprehensive look back on one of Rock’n’Roll’s most significant events, while bringing an insider’s perspective to the days leading up to those 42 fascinating minutes of the Beatles monumental Rooftop Concert. There are moments in time that cause us to stop and take notice of where we were and what we were doing when they happen in order to commit the experience to memory—how it made us feel, who was there with us, why it felt important. January 30, 1969 was one of those moments. There are those who were on the periphery of the event that day and heard what was going on; but as one of the few remaining insiders who accompanied the Beatles up onto the cold windswept roof of the Apple building, Ken Mansfield had a front row seat to the full sensory experience of the moment and witnessed what turned out to be beginning of the end. Ken shares in The Roof: The Beatles Final Concert, the sense that something special was taking place before his eyes that would live on forever in the hearts and souls of millions. As the US manager of Apple, Ken Mansfield was on the scene in the days, weeks, and months leading up to this monumental event. He shares his insights into the factors that brought them up onto that roof and why one of the greatest bands of all time left it all on that stage. Join Ken as he reflects on the relationships he built with the Fab Four and the Apple corps and what each player meant to this symphony of music history. Ken is the former U.S. Manager of Apple Records, a high-ranking executive for several record labels, songwriter, the author of seven books and a Grammy and Dove Award winning album producer. Since the 1960s, Mansfield has been associated with an array of notable performers including The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Waylon Jennings, James Taylor, Roy Orbison, Don Ho, The Imperials, Harry Nilsson, Glen Campbell, Lou Rawls, Andy Williams, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Eric Burdon, Badfinger, The Four Freshmen, Judy Garland, Dolly Parton, David Cassidy, Nick Gilder, and Jessie Colter. In the 1970s, he helped popularize the Outlaw movement in country music by producing Waylon Jennings' number one album, "Are You Ready for the Country" as well as the crossover number-one hit "I’m Not Lisa" by Jessi Colter. The Business Side of Music ™ © 2019 The Indiestry Group and Indie Connect Produced by Bob Bender for The Indiestry Group Co-Producer: Vinny Ribas Show Host: Bob Bender Show Advisor: Tom Sabella Show website: Stream or Download (free): Indie Connect Magazine: Indie Connect: Bob Bender - The Indiestry Group To submit to be interviewed: Sponsorship information: or Join our mailing list for show announcements, career advice, industry discounts, free gifts and more! Special Thanks to Tom Sabella and Traci Snow for producing and hosting over 100 episodes of the original “Business Side of Music” podcast, and trusting us to carry on their legacy.

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