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I remember when . . .

At the suggestion of MysteriousWays and for lt_gripweed.

"NEW YORK (AP) -- February 9, 1964. A British band from Liverpool takes "The Ed Sullivan Show" stage and sends waves of teen-agers into screaming convulsions across America, bewildering millions of parents.

A new top 100 list from VH1 and Entertainment Weekly magazine says that was rock 'n' roll's biggest TV moment -- the day Beatlemania hit the states and stayed.

The Beatles' U.S. debut even topped the 1968 comeback of the King.

An estimated 73 million people were watching that night in '64 -- about three times the audience of an episode of this summer's TV blockbuster "Survivor." John Lennon was so nervous he taped song lyrics to the back of his guitar.

As Ringo Starr explained, the band didn't realize until it arrived in America how important Sullivan's Sunday night showcase was.

For a generation of rock 'n' rollers, it was the moment they knew they wanted to be stars. "I remember thinking, 'This can be done. I can do that,"' singer Billy Joel said."

And I was there . . . sort of.  I was one of the "estimated 73 million viewers".

I was nine years old and in 4th grade.  I had just that school year started to pay much attention to music groups and/or stars (little kids didn't care about it like they do now).  Rock music had got my attention - Elvis had barely started to attract my attention - when word buzzed around the playground that some new group from England was going to be on Ed Sullivan on Sunday.  I really can't remember if I'd heard about it myself elsewhere, though it is probable as my family watched the show every Sunday and Mr. Sullivan would announce who would be on the next week, though with no preview clips as it was a live show.  All us wee girls were all excited.

I was lying on my stomach on our dark red vinyl sofa when they came on.  I remember slowly sliding off the couch, onto the ottoman then onto the floor while my eyes were glued to the set.  They were so different than Elvis or the other rock and roll stars.  Hair that looked more natural instead of greased and poofed and slicked back.  Nice suits.  They weren't dancing and jiving all over the stage.  And the music was wonderful!!

The "old" rock and roll lost me at that point.  I was a Beatles fan.

Like many girls, at first I liked Paul.  But that very quickly changed to liking George Harrison.  I liked that he wasn't as much of a "pretty boy" and I loved his soulful eyes.  I liked his look best around the time they made the movie "Help".  As time went on, I liked that he didn't get as political as John did.  I liked that whatever his beliefs were he kept them pretty quiet, although I will admit I didn't follow his solo career much after the group split up so if he got more political then I wasn't and am not still aware of it.  Even with his becoming a follower of East Indian religions it was not really shoved down listener's throats, although that did influence his songs.  He was "the quiet Beatle" and he stayed that way, which I liked.


Report on Jill's father.

He has been moved to Rush Hospital in Chicago to obtain a second opinion.  Rush has been one of the top hospitals in the US for a long time and their cancer center in particular is held in high regard, so this is a good place for him to be.  They got him moved up there Wednesday evening and started running tests and doing evaluations yesterday (Thursday 27th).  I've not heard anything yet.


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Sep. 28th, 2007 03:55 pm (UTC)
I don't believe I saw the Sullivan show that night (I was 7), but soon thereafter my brother was flooding our house with Beatles records and I was hooked... There has still never been anyone else like them.
Sep. 28th, 2007 05:25 pm (UTC)
I'll go along with that! Their music has really stood the test of time.
Sep. 28th, 2007 04:17 pm (UTC)
I was not quite 2 when the Beatles hit our shores. I don't know if we watched Sullivan that night, or not.

I have to confess that I never was a big Beatles fan. I liked most of their solo stuff, all but John. I just never really got into his stuff. Too political, maybe.

Hope everything goes well for Jill's dad.

Glad to see a post from you. It's been so quiet while so many of our friends are gone.

Take care.
Sep. 28th, 2007 05:28 pm (UTC)
Two was a bit young to notice or care :-D

Thank you - I need to give them a call and see how things are going up in Chicago.

Yes, it has been hard dealing with them being away. I'm looking forward to when the crew comes home :-)
Sep. 29th, 2007 12:27 am (UTC)
Thanks, Pearl! Paul's right. Their stuff gets newer each day.
Sep. 29th, 2007 12:45 am (UTC)
You're very welcome, I'm glad you enjoyed it :-)
Sep. 29th, 2007 08:24 pm (UTC)
OMG What to love more, the fact that the your family had a red vinyl couch or that you were sliding off of it with your eyes glued to the TV? Such vivid imagry! I love these little tales you have to tell. I shall have to plot for more lj plot bunnies for you. heehee
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