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The Beatles on Ed Sullivan

9 Feb

On Sunday, Feb. 9, 1964, over 73 million Americans gathered around television sets to see what all the excitement was about.

The Beatles made their live U.S. television debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” An estimated 73.7 million Americans watched as the Fab Four  performed “All My Loving,” “Till There Was You,” “She Loves You,” “I Saw Her Standing There,” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” While they performed “Till There Was You,” a sign flashed on the screen when John appeared that read, “Sorry, girls, he’s married.”
Sullivan read a telegram to the audience just before the band’s performance that said, “Congratulations on your appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show and your visit to America. STOP. We hope your engagement will be successful and your visit pleasant. STOP. Sincerely Elvis and the Colonel.”
A future music star from Britain also performed on the Sullivan show that night. Davy Jones performed as part of the cast of the Broadway show “Oliver” two years before he became a Monkee.

The Beatles appeared on three consecutive Sundays in February 1964 to great anticipation and fanfare as “I Want to Hold Your Hand” had swiftly risen to No. 1 in the charts. Their first appearance on February 9 is considered a milestone in American pop culture and the beginning of the British Invasion in music.

A meeting that grew to unimaginable proportions on July 6,1957!

6 Jul

A meeting that grew to unimaginable proportions! John Lennon meets Paul McCartney at the Woolton Parish Church in Liverpool during a performance by John’s group the Quarrymen. Impressed by Paul’s ability to tune a guitar and by his knowledge of song lyrics, John asks him to join the group. Paul knew all the words to Gene Vincent’s “Be-Bop-A-Lula” and Eddie Cochran’s “Twenty Flight Rock” and could actually play them . John was truly impressed.

The fateful Woolton gig!


A more mature(1958) incarnation of the Quarrymen.

Gene Vincent, an early model for Lennon, singing “Be Bop A Lula”

Eddie Cochran singing “Twenty Flight Rock” in the movie The Girl Can’t Help It. The movie’s influence on rock music is significant. The film reached Liverpool, England in the early summer of 1957. It featured cameo performances of early rock ‘n’ roll stars such as Little RichardEddie Cochran, and Gene Vincent and His Bluecaps, fascinated a 16-year-old John Lennon by showing him, for the first time, his “worshiped” American rock ‘n’ roll stars as living humans and thus further inspiring him to pursue his own rock and roll dream.

Also today,the Beatles’ first, and best film, “A Hard Day’s Night,” premieres in London in 1964, and the “accidental father of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” Bill Haley is born in 1925. Bill Haley and the Comets have several hits but are best remembered for “Rock Around The Clock.”