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It Was 50 Years Ago Today!

7 Feb

It was Friday, February 7, 1964 when the English band The Beatles landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport. They were welcomed with screams and shouts from New York teenagers eager to catch sight of the new sensation group. Two days later, they made their American debut on the television variety show, The Ed Sullivan Show. More than 73 million viewers tuned in to set a television record. After that, virtually every American teenage girl wanted to hold one of the Fab Four’s hands. Beatlemania had officially arrived.

Five in the top Five!

4 Apr

 

On April 4, 1964,  Billboard  listed the Beatles with America’s Top Five records.

(#5) “Please Please Me”

(#4) “I Want To Hold Your Hand”

(#3) “She Loves You”

(#2) “Twist And Shout”

(#1) “Can’t Buy Me Love”

Nine other Beatles singles were in the Hot 100 at the same time.

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.

The Royal Command Performance

4 Nov

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“For our last number I’d like to ask your help. The people in the cheaper seats clap your hands. And the rest of you, if you’d just rattle your jewellery. We’d like to sing a song called Twist And Shout.” John Lennon

On November 4, 1963, at Prince of Wales Theatre in London, the Beatles performed at a Royal Command Performance for the Queen Mother, Princess Margaret and Lord Snowden.   Their short four-song set included “From Me To You,” “She Loves You,” “Till There Was You,” and “Twist And Shout.” The Beatles were one of 19 acts appearing at the concert which was taped and broadcast on ATV in the UK six days later.

She Loves You

23 Aug

In 1963The Beatles release “She Loves You” in the United Kingdom with “I’ll Get You” as the B-side. It sets British sales records remaining on the charts for thirty-one consecutive weeks. The single set several British sales records, starting with becoming the biggest-selling single.

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