Shirley Temple at the Cow Palace

Today marks a year after the world lost the iconic Shirley Temple.

“When many think of Shirley Temple, they imagine a bright-eyed, spirited little darling with curly hair and an endearing smile..or maybe just the beverage. Regardless, Shirley Temple, had a life that far exceeded her childhood acting career and many of her achievements, though not widely known, are worth acknowledging.

Shirley Temple began acting at the young age of 3 and retired completely from films at 22 in 1950. She peaked in her performance career before her thirteenth birthday, and though her later work didn’t attract the attention and acclaim as films like “Bright Eyes” or “The Little Princess”, she remained an small, eternal light that shone through the Depression, giving hope to film-goers across the country.

However, Shirley Temple remained an active public servant throughout the remaining 64 years of her life. Whether appearing in pop culture, running for public office, or raising breast cancer awareness, there is still much that fans don’t realize about the child star from her signature style and career through her lesser known adulthood.”

And one little known fact:She and her daughter Lori visited The Beatles backstage at The Cow Palace at the start of their 1964 North American tour.

Beatles, Shirley Temple Black & daughter Lori (Rm17) August 1964

*via The Examiner


Seven Moments That The Cow Palace Made Music History

The Cow Palace has been host to many historic moments since it opened its doors in 1941.

The venue has hosted rock legends and seen some of the greatest musicians to ever live play on its stage, from the Beatles to Elvis. Some moments, however, a pretty special. Here are seven moments that concerts at the Cow Palace made music history.

The Beatles


1. The Runaways

The Runaways played their last show here on New Years Eve, 1978, though they didn’t announce their break-up until the following April. The statement read:

Sandy, Lita, Laurie, and I have talked it over and we have decided to try our own things for a while. With five albums and two world tours and what seems like a lifetime of experiences behind us, we felt it was time to getr out there and try a few things that we could not do as a group…We’re still great friends and we hope you’ll join us in wishing each other the best and brightest ahead.

2. Neil Diamond

Diamond collapsed onstage at his 1979 Cow Palace show. Less than two days later he was treated for a benign tumor. “I knew there was a good chance I would spend the rest of my life in a wheelchair,” he told People in 1982. “I am lucky to have survived. As it was, I had to learn to walk again.”

3. Prince

Prince played a few nights at the Cow Palace in 1985. According to The San Francisco Chronicle, “Some in the audience had paid $100 for a ticket marked $17.50 to see the current king of rock-and-raunch – not including what they paid for purple shoes, purple pants, purple nylons and purple whatevers. Purple, it seems, is Prince’s favorite color.”

Not only was it his favorite color, that night it was everyone else’s—the tickets asked the the audience “wear purple.”

4. The Who

The Who’s Keith Moon passed out on stage after consuming too much horse tranquilizer. Pete Townshend then announces he’s done for the night and asks if anyone in the crowd can play drums in his place—a lucky concert-goer named Scott Halprin got the thrill of his life and took a seat behind the drumset. As he told NPR a few years ago , he was plucked from the crowd by none other than the Bill Graham.


KISS dedicated their August 1977 show to Elvis Presley, who died that day.

6. Nirvana

Nirvana played a Benefit for the Bosnian Rape Victims in 1993. According to Entertainment Weekly, this wasn’t the sort of thing they did often, but the cause struck a chord with bassist Chris Novoselic.

Knowing that many in the Cow Palace’s audience couldn’t find Yugoslavia on a map, Nirvana was realistic about the fund-raiser’s goal: ”There’s probably a lot of people who don’t care,” said Novoselic. ”But that’s okay. If they come, we’ll still get their money. And if people do care, there are information booths directing them on what they can do.”

The benefit ended up raising $60,000 (which equates to just under $100,000 today).

7. The Beatles

Last but certainly not least, The Beatles played the first show of their first U.S [Tour] here on August 19, 1964. The crowd allegedly tossed jelly beans at them after a comment Harrison made about those being the group’s favorite candies.

* via Radio Alice @ 97.3