The crowd filling the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center on Thursday, July 27, for the Music Under the Stars concert by the Abbey Road Warriors may have arrived at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home mall expecting to hear an outdoor concert.

The crowd filling the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center on Thursday, July 27, for the Music Under the Stars concert by the Abbey Road Warriors may have arrived at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home mall expecting to hear an outdoor concert.

However, after learning the threat of rain had caused relocation of the concert, they instead took their lawn chairs to the recreation center, where a few opted to sit outside the wide east entrance doorway.

The concert was included in the 11th season of free outdoor concerts provided by the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum.

Museum Executive Director Henry Sweets reported he counted 540 people attending the concert.

The Abbey Road Warriors came from St. Louis for their Hannibal debut and said they hope to be invited back. They were Steve Hoover, Jack Miller, Mike Ehrhard and Doug Carson.

Although many listeners were the age to have reached adulthood while listening to the “all Beatles” music the band played, younger and older Beatles fans also were present.

One young woman was perhaps among the most excited as she sang along with all the songs. This was Mandy Comeau, who was happy with the Beatles deck of cards she won in the concert's trivia contest by knowing that “All My Loving” was the first song the Beatles played on the Ed Sullivan TV Show.

Comeau's dad, Jim Whitaker, was among the audience members asked to choose a favorite Beatles tune. He was quick to reply, “A Hard Day's Night.”

Also choosing a favorite Beatles tune was Sue Giroux, who chose, “Nowhere Man” and “Yellow Submarine.”

Becky David also named, “Yellow Submarine,” adding, “I've known all the songs” the band played during the concert.

Sam Walker and her husband, Paul Miller, were singing along with the band and later were dancing.

Walker also blew bubbles to entertain the younger crowd. After “catching” the bubbles, young Kayin Butler stayed in front of the stage to dance as "Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds" was played.

Hannibal's Tom and Becky (Colton Broughton and Jade Thomas) did a few dances together, after Jade had danced with her dad, Joe Thomas.

Mike Marx of Hannibal, who formerly worked with entertainers in Hollywood, explained he had met the real Beatles. “When I was in the Navy, I got tickets to see them in Boston. I had written to Brian Epstein, (the Beatles' manager) and asked if there was any chance to get back stage. He got me (from the audience). I only got one picture. … Years later I worked with Ringo.”

Cory Vaughn was among members of Hannibal Professional Firefighters Local 1211 selling food. He reported they had maid-rites, hot dogs, chips and popsicles.

Jacob Young from the Cave Hollow Winery took time out from serving drinks to report that Mischief wine was the best seller at the concert.

Near the end of the concert the band played “Ticket to Ride,” “Paperback Writer” and “Get Back.” Before singing “Here Comes the Sun,” one musician said, “This is some women's favorite.”

Five more concerts are scheduled this season. They are:

• Aug. 3 - Miss Jubilee, offering jazz, swing, rhythm and blues, with beverages by Cave Hollow West Winery.

• Aug. 10 - McFarlane, Moore and Frate. Murray McFarlane, Mike Moore and Seth Wade will play originals, covers, country, pop and acoustic music. Food will be sold by the Hannibal High School FCCLA and beverages by Cave Hollow West Winery.

• Aug. 17 - Bottom Up Blues Gang will play jazz, folk, blues and rock music. Food will be sold by the Knights of Columbus and beverages by Cave Hollow West Winery.

• Aug. 24 – SoulShaker will play soul, funk, rhythm and blues. Food will be sold by the HHS FCCLA and beverages by Main Street Wine Stoppe.

• Aug. 31 - Steppin' Back will play 60's, 70's and 80's rock and roll. Food will be sold by Miller Barbecue and beverages by Main Street Wine Stoppe.

See photo gallery for more pictures of the concert and crowd attending.

Reach reporter Bev Darr at bev.darr@courierpost.com.