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Sat Feb 9, 2013, 06:43 PM

49 years ago tonight - were you jumping up and down?

I was, at 12 years old - what memories. Thank you, John, Paul, George and Ringo (and many others. Close your eyes and I'll kiss you).

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Reply 49 years ago tonight - were you jumping up and down? (Original post)
Faygo Kid Feb 2013 OP
MuseRider Feb 2013 #1
Mojorabbit Feb 2013 #56
Glorfindel Feb 2013 #2
southernyankeebelle Feb 2013 #51
Warren Stupidity Feb 2013 #3
Warpy Feb 2013 #4
Faygo Kid Feb 2013 #7
Warpy Feb 2013 #9
Botany Feb 2013 #25
calimary Feb 2013 #50
Stargleamer Feb 2013 #32
Art_from_Ark Feb 2013 #61
Tx4obama Feb 2013 #5
Siwsan Feb 2013 #6
OKNancy Feb 2013 #8
txwhitedove Feb 2013 #10
Trajan Feb 2013 #11
HockeyMom Feb 2013 #12
Still Blue in PDX Feb 2013 #105
HooptieWagon Feb 2013 #13
Freddie Feb 2013 #63
Martin Eden Feb 2013 #65
independentpiney Feb 2013 #73
MiniMe Feb 2013 #14
naaman fletcher Feb 2013 #15
whistler162 Feb 2013 #16
1gobluedem Feb 2013 #17
MADem Feb 2013 #18
1monster Feb 2013 #19
madrchsod Feb 2013 #20
Curmudgeoness Feb 2013 #21
dhill926 Feb 2013 #22
aint_no_life_nowhere Feb 2013 #23
mountain grammy Feb 2013 #45
jonthebru Feb 2013 #54
Brother Buzz Feb 2013 #93
Isoldeblue Feb 2013 #24
Stargleamer Feb 2013 #30
Isoldeblue Feb 2013 #34
wilt the stilt Feb 2013 #48
Isoldeblue Feb 2013 #91
wilt the stilt Feb 2013 #97
Isoldeblue Feb 2013 #98
wilt the stilt Feb 2013 #99
Isoldeblue Feb 2013 #102
wilt the stilt Feb 2013 #103
Isoldeblue Feb 2013 #106
thucythucy Feb 2013 #66
rdmtimp Feb 2013 #75
thucythucy Feb 2013 #81
geefloyd46 Feb 2013 #26
maddiemom Feb 2013 #27
maddiemom Feb 2013 #31
dflprincess Feb 2013 #28
Little Star Feb 2013 #29
KauaiK Feb 2013 #33
davidpdx Feb 2013 #35
Special Prosciuto Feb 2013 #36
Godot51 Feb 2013 #37
MarianJack Feb 2013 #38
xxqqqzme Feb 2013 #39
YOHABLO Feb 2013 #40
Divernan Feb 2013 #41
Freddie Feb 2013 #64
rocktivity Feb 2013 #42
Blue_In_AK Feb 2013 #43
karmaqueen Feb 2013 #44
Reno Master Feb 2013 #59
cate94 Feb 2013 #46
calimary Feb 2013 #47
Useless in FL Feb 2013 #49
Mr.Bill Feb 2013 #52
Manifestor_of_Light Feb 2013 #53
Gman Feb 2013 #55
Douglas Carpenter Feb 2013 #57
Fedaykin Feb 2013 #58
Reno Master Feb 2013 #60
malthaussen Feb 2013 #62
avebury Feb 2013 #67
tpsbmam Feb 2013 #68
MuseRider Feb 2013 #69
tpsbmam Feb 2013 #70
Faygo Kid Feb 2013 #82
MuseRider Feb 2013 #86
Bucky Feb 2013 #71
catbyte Feb 2013 #72
S.A.M Feb 2013 #74
KatyaR Feb 2013 #76
intheflow Feb 2013 #77
Bennyboy Feb 2013 #78
Faygo Kid Feb 2013 #85
Blanks Feb 2013 #79
tibbiit Feb 2013 #80
RevStPatrick Feb 2013 #83
Lifelong Protester Feb 2013 #84
Hun Joro Feb 2013 #87
eShirl Feb 2013 #88
Still Blue in PDX Feb 2013 #108
aint_no_life_nowhere Feb 2013 #89
Faygo Kid Feb 2013 #90
aint_no_life_nowhere Feb 2013 #92
MrSlayer Feb 2013 #94
markpkessinger Feb 2013 #95
aikoaiko Feb 2013 #96
bitchkitty Feb 2013 #100
KansDem Feb 2013 #101
robertkdem1965_h89 Feb 2013 #104
Still Blue in PDX Feb 2013 #107

Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 06:47 PM

1. Sitting about 4 inches from the TV

excited as a little 10 year old girl could be while my father grumped behind me that they would never last. Wow, 49 years ago and that is one thing I remember very clearly.

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Response to MuseRider (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 01:04 AM

56. Same here! nt

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 06:49 PM

2. Oh, yes, I was!

I was a Beatlemanic then, and I've never got over it. (I was an 18-year-old kid, by the way)

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Response to Glorfindel (Reply #2)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 10:19 PM

51. Gosh that was the first time I ever heard of the Beatles or seen them. I remember

 

in school 9th grade we had one of the contests where the kid gets on stage and preforms. The group of kids were on the stage and sang the song Help. The kids in the auditorium were going nuts. I'd never seen anything like that before. I don't know how I missed hearing about them until they showed up on Ed's show. All I kept thinking was we moved from TX to PA then to Maryland. Of course we didn't watch much tv. But once I saw them I fell in love with the also. It was such an exciting time to be a teenager really.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 06:49 PM

3. I was 12 too. Etched in my brain.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 06:50 PM

4. No, I was watching with great amusement

There was a blonde kid with glasses in the audience who was obviously sitting there thinking "overhyped crock of shit." I knew exactly how he felt. I'd heard their stuff without the screaming drowning them out and thought it pure bubblegum pop music.

Three years later, they'd dropped the bubble gum and were producing some interesting things.

But that night, I wasn't having any, thanks.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #4)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 06:53 PM

7. And sucking on a lemon, no doubt.

They were a breath of fresh air after JFK's assassination. But, enjoy your curmudgeonship.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Reply #7)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 06:58 PM

9. No, I just wasn't a lightweight

and I was over the age of 13.

When they matured and got away from bad management, they were artists. That night, it was bubblegum pop drowned out by screaming repressed teenagers.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #9)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 08:29 PM

25. bad management???????????

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George Martin and Brian Epstein R you kidding me?

BTW Nothing was bubblegum about the early Beatles although
their music was radio friendly and had catchy hooks to their
music .... it was very sophisticated* and outside of some covers
they wrote and preformed it all by themselves ..... and they
were very young when they did it too. They broke up when
they were in their late 20s or early 30s.

*


BTW the movie "A Hard Day's Night" was music videos long before MTV ever started.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Reply #7)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 10:10 PM

50. Oh man, that was one of the things I was thinking about while watching that night.

I remember it so well! My mind actually went to - "gee, what a same that President Kennedy didn't live to see this!" Man - I remember exactly where I was, seated at the desk in my room, supposedly doing homework for the following (Monday) morning. My TV was there on the desk - at my left elbow. I was just mesmerized! And yeah, couldn't hear a thing. Too much screaming! None from me, though. My parents thought I was in my room doing my homework.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #4)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 08:49 PM

32. How do you know what was going on in that kid's head?

after all, Beatles' music was all over the NYC radio stations in Feb. 1964, so I am pretty sure that kid had an idea of what he was going to hear.

Never thought their music was "bubblegum". Now the later song "Yummy, yummy, yummy I got love in my tummy", by the Ohio Express, that came out a few years later, now THAT'S bubblegum--I don't think that the term "bubblegum" to describe certain music came out until roughly the advent of that song. As Wikipedia says, "Bubblegum's classic period ran from 1967 to 1972", not 1964.

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Response to Stargleamer (Reply #32)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 04:44 AM

61. Yummy, Yummy, Yummy was definitely bubblegum

As was everything by The Archies, nearly everything by 1910 Fruitgum Company, half of The Monkees' songs, some Melanie songs, and the whole repertoire of Donny and Marie.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 06:51 PM

5. I was only 5 yrs old 49 yrs ago. But when I was 7 or 8 Santa brought me a Beatles sweatshirt :)


Still have a photo somewhere of me wearing the sweatshirt standing next to the x-mas tree.
And at one point I had a Beatles lunch box.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 06:53 PM

6. I've been a fan, ever since

Hardly a day goes by without me humming or singing something Beatle.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 06:58 PM

8. yes, it tickled me so much because of my Mom

I had just turned 15 so my Mom was only 34. My younger sisters, mom and I all watched and were so excited.
My two sister said.. Oh, I love Paul. I said George was my favorite, and my Mom said.. no, no John is the best and cutest.
I told her he was married. ( I can't remember if they flashed it on the screen*, but I knew anyway, since I was an avid reader of teen mags.)
She said "that's OK.. so am I". I still laugh when I think about that.

I think we all kept our favorites from that night on.


ETA: * just watched the video.. lol - they did put it on the screen.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 07:05 PM

10. Yes, yes. I was 12 too, and 2 girlfriends came to spend the night and watch Beatles with me.

Sooooo excited. I wasn't a screamer though. One girlfriend had Beatle posters all over her room. She and her brother compiled a long list of Beatle songs by which ones ended in a chord or ended by fading out.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 07:09 PM

11. I missed the first show

and heard about it the next day at school ...

They came back the next week .. I did not miss that show.... it was pretty exciting ...

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 07:15 PM

12. Watched and went to Shea Stadium to see them

Actually, I could see the people in the planes flying over better than the "boys". IMPOSSIBLE to hear them besides. Ah, memories. I was 16.

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Response to HockeyMom (Reply #12)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 06:43 PM

105. I have a bootleg album of that concert.

Happy times.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 07:21 PM

13. I was 7.

Watched it on B&W TV with my parents. They didn't get it... I thought it was awesome! Grew my hair long so I could have a Beatles haircut.

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Response to HooptieWagon (Reply #13)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 07:35 AM

63. Was also 7

My folks watched Ed Sullivan every Sunday night. My brother (age 11) and I were totally smitten from that moment on, still are.

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Response to Freddie (Reply #63)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 08:56 AM

65. You guys are old; I was only 6.

And we watched it on our one black & white console TV because we always watched Ed Sullivan and this was a special event for my older (by 3 years) sister.

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Response to HooptieWagon (Reply #13)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 12:04 PM

73. I was 7 as well

We were at a relatives house in Hazlet, NJ , and my older teen girl cousins were freaking. I just sat in awe and afterward was determined to do the hair and learn guitar.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 07:30 PM

14. Remembering Mom complaining about their long hair!

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 07:35 PM

15. nope. wasn't born yet. nt.

 

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 07:37 PM

16. Yes and still my parents wouldn't turn

off Ed Sullivan!

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 07:42 PM

17. I was!

It was the night before my 4th birthday and I didn't know why I was jumping up and down but everyone on TV was so I did too.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 07:46 PM

18. I was in Europe, and the Beatles were already well known over there.

Mini-skirts were already in fashion for the lassies, the "mop top" was already being worn by all the fashionable young fellows, and we had several 45 records by the Beatles that had TWO songs on each side--they had blue labels.

Wish I had them now, they're probably worth the earth!

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 07:50 PM

19. Forty-nine years ago, I was seven going on eight and I remember being irritated

at all the screaming... It made it hard to hear the music.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 07:53 PM

20. nah...i was too stoned to move

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 07:54 PM

21. Has it really been 49 years?

This is one of those things that I do remember from my youth. And I was so grateful that they were on the Ed Sullivan Show, since my parents always watched it and I didn't have to fight them to see it. These guys were the boy band of the 60's...well, until they matured, as did I. I was there for the whole ride.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 08:03 PM

22. yep......

pretty much went nuts. Parents were just a little concerned. and 49 years? Jaysus.....

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 08:21 PM

23. I was 13

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The next day after that Sunday show, the girls in my Junior High English class were all abuzz debating whether they liked George or Paul the most. The teacher fancied himself an authority on hip music and would occasionally whip out a guitar and play the Pat Boone tune from his own youth, Love Letters In The Sand. I thought he was a geezer but he was maybe 24 or 25 years old and looked a little like "Kookie" from the show 77 Sunset Strip. He said the girls were getting carried away and that the Beatles were unattractive, less attractive than the boys in our class and that their music wouldn't last. Nearly every girl in class shot him down and yelled back that the Beatles were the greatest ever.

As of Jan. 11, 1964, one month before the Ed Sullivan Show, these were the Billboard top 10 across America. I can only remember 2, 5, and 6.

1. There! I’ve said it again – Bobby Vinton
2. Louie Louie – The Kingsmen
3. Popsicles and Icicles – The Murmaids
4. Forget Him - Bobby Rydell
5. Surfin’ Bird – The Trashmen
6. Dominique – The Singing Nun
7. Hey Little Cobra – The Rip Chords
8. The Nitty Gritty – Shirley Ellis
9. Out Of Limits – The Marketts
10 Drag City – Jan and Dean

Two weeks after the Beatles' appearance, I Want To Hold Your Hand and She Loves You were no. 1 and no. 2 respectively and pop music in America never was the same again.






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Response to aint_no_life_nowhere (Reply #23)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 09:42 PM

45. Thanks for the memories.

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Response to aint_no_life_nowhere (Reply #23)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 11:44 PM

54. Surfin' Bird by The Trashmen.

Now THAT was music... I wonder where they are today...!!!!

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Response to jonthebru (Reply #54)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 09:41 PM

93. Cashing their Family Guy royalty checks?

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 08:28 PM

24. Not really...

I was a 17 year old hippy-dippy-beatnick living in my own apartment already, in Philadelphia and was more into the Doors, Cream, and the Rolling Stones, as well as Brubeck and the blues. I liked their later stuff much more. To be honest, I can't remember if I even saw that show....

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Response to Isoldeblue (Reply #24)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 08:38 PM

30. Given that the Doors and Cream weren't even around in Feb. 1964

you were mighty clairvoyant as you anticipated their formation!

Me on the other hand loved the Beatles music from the start.

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Response to Stargleamer (Reply #30)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 09:07 PM

34. Well goody for you - PFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFT!

So I was off a year on one and 2 for the other, except for the Stones and other artists. I checked to be sure.......

Now did you get all that warm, fuzzy feeling, boosting your frail ego, in pointing out my mistake? Aren't you just so special...........

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Response to Isoldeblue (Reply #34)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 10:06 PM

48. like 4 years and those bands

would never had existed if it wasn't for the Beatles. Clapton was in the Yardbirds and they were much more the contermpory band to the beatles. I saw Cream's final tour. nice try. but stop acting above it or you were too cool. nice try loser

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Response to wilt the stilt (Reply #48)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 08:45 PM

91. Loser?

All of you are so off tract. I am not above it all, I just have a different taste for music back then. If my memory is off, well, just f''in sue me I am almost 67.

There is a reason why there is chocolate, vanilla and strawberry, you know.... Liking one over the other doesn't make anyone less or more cool.

I wonder how cool you are compared to Wilt Chamberland, wanna-be?

Hope you got your jollies, wilt, starg and thuscym beating up on me. Was it necessary? Thanks for the pleasant evening and making the world a nicer place.

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Response to Isoldeblue (Reply #91)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 11:24 AM

97. Honestly, I am 61

and it really is a big difference. You were implying something that is actually quite incorrect and the way you said it was a put down. The Beatles led to everything that changed in music. They were the pioneers. I grew up with them and it id their historical significance which is very important.

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Response to wilt the stilt (Reply #97)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 04:47 PM

98. I implied nothing

It was you who assumed all sorts things about me personally, despite my admitting hat I got confused about the dates. But noooooooooooooooooooooo, that wasn't good enough for you. You still had to pull one-up man-ship, pointing my mistake out in a very NASTY way, calling me a loser. This over only taste in music. You're a real sweetheart.
What, you never got dates mixed up from almost fifty years back?? You attacked me over an honest mistake and that tells me what sort of person you are, that would do that. I never said the Beatles weren't good, but that I preferred their later work. And that I preferred blues and jazz. Which btw, came a long, long time before the Beatles and they would not be doing some of their stuff if not for those genres of music!!!

You are the one who is an elitist snob, being above it all with your slavish devotion to a group.

Anyway, you were out of line and upset me more than I should have been, by someone like you. All I wanted was to relax on DU , making a casual comment about music and I didn't expect to be smacked down for it and have two evening spoiled by your meanness.

You don't know what is going on in some people's lives and what that person is dealing with. To be the unpleasant way you were was not necessary to a stranger. It is not being as humane as what this world may need. Think about that the next time you have the need to make yourself feel better at the expense of another.,





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Response to Isoldeblue (Reply #98)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 07:17 AM

99. the reason why everyone dissed you

is because the theme of the thread is about the Beatles and in your thread you talk about yourself and the bands you like. Your thread came off as self serving.

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Response to wilt the stilt (Reply #99)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:14 PM

102. Not really, if you reread my initial post

The OP asked if we jumped up and down. I said, not really. My opinion, my right! Self-serving? How, in what way? Not hardly.

But whatever.... Your response was out of line. Civil discourse is certainly NOT your forte. Once again, I'll say, I did not deserve your response and your calling me names, no matter how I didn't fit your criteria for posting. You could have corrected my mistake in a civil manner, if it bothered you that much, without the nastiness.

You owed me an apology, which I gave you the chance for, but it seems you are not one to take responsibility or own your stuff. You can't get away from the fact that you call people names, that don't agree with or think like you.

Bottom line, I don't think you're a nice person and just plain unpleasant to be around. Fortunately, there are less of your sort and more of decent and courteous people around.

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Response to Isoldeblue (Reply #102)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 05:53 PM

103. whatever

I reread your post and that is why I felt it was self serving. We were all talking about the beatles and you decided to talk bout the doors and Cream. If I was the only one who said something that would be one thing. multiple people dissed you.

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Response to wilt the stilt (Reply #103)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 06:45 PM

106. I wasn't "dissed" (who says that anymore?)

They corrected my mistake on the dates. Not in the most civil or polite way, but hey... But you were just plain rude and that just doesn't compare anywhere close to my mistaken post.

I was comparing the Beatles to those bands, which I have the right to do. But you don't have the right to call me a loser for that, among other things.

It takes A BIG MAN TO ADMIT HE WAS WRONG.... And you are no wilt the stilt. Chamberlain would tell you that, if he were still alive.

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Response to Isoldeblue (Reply #34)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 09:09 AM

66. The Stones didn't break in America

until after the Beatles.

BTW: Lennon/McCartney wrote the Stones first hit single (in England). And it was George Harrison who turned the A&R guy at Decca onto the Stones in the first place, thus getting them their first record contract.

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Response to thucythucy (Reply #66)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 12:26 PM

75. The A&R guy's name was Dick Rowe...

.. and he had turned down the Beatles earlier. No wonder he rushed to sign the Stones on George's recommendation.

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Response to rdmtimp (Reply #75)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 02:09 PM

81. Wasn't he the guy who told Brian Epstein

"Guitar groups are on their way out" or words to that effect?

I'd hate to have to live that down!

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 08:31 PM

26. I think these youngsters might really have a future

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 08:31 PM

27. Oh Yeah. And I was an old 18 year old college freshman. I remember hearing the

Beatles for the first time driving home on a mid-term break, then sleeping over at a high school friend's who had "Meet the Beatles" which we played all night. OF COURSE we were college girls and not screaming and silly, but the Beatles were definitive through the college years just the same, even with young local musicians we knew who were into the Blues and John Lee Hooker. Somehow there was just this sense that they were a milestone. Boy am I old!

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Response to maddiemom (Reply #27)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 08:43 PM

31. P.S. The Stones came along shortly thereafter and were far more hardass, but

somehow the Beatles were never put down by the local musicians that I knew. They seemed kind of fascinated by the whole deal.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 08:35 PM

28. Strangely enough it was my mom who insisted we watch Ed Sullivan that night

because she wanted to see what all the fuss was about. My brother & I wanted to watch the Wonderful World of Disney (he was 8 I was 10).

By the end of the evening I had put Disney behind me.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 08:35 PM

29. I sure do remember. I was 17 and a bunch of us met up at..

Eddie's Spa (one of our local hangouts) just to watch them on Eddie's TV. Those were fun times.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 08:58 PM

33. OMG was it really 49 years ago??

I'm not that old am I? I remember it like yesterday sitting on the floor right in front of the TV. Luckily my mother remembered being as crazy over Frank Sinatra

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 09:13 PM

35. Thanks for posting that

I wasn't yet born, but my mom is a Beetles fan. I'd bet she remember this (I'll send her the link). She went to see them in concert in SF. The one thing I appreciate about them is they were truly talented unlike some of the manufactured crap these days.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 09:14 PM

36. Being heavily into Motown at that time,

I dismissed the Beatles as crackpot pop and rather goofy. A few years later they split and went separate ways into individual studio efforts, which really shined. The "Fab Four" did their best after breaking up.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 09:17 PM

37. With my sister and

my recently acquired acoustic guitar, after the show I wanted a Rickenbacker like John's ...

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 09:27 PM

38. I was 8 and...

...a very jealous little boy.

I was also more than a little dim-witted because I didn't like The Beatles until a couple of years later.

BTW, Thanks for posting and thanks for the memories!

PEACE!

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 09:28 PM

39. OMG yes!

I was 15, prime fodder for Beatlemania!

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 09:32 PM

40. Yes, right there watching The Ed Sullivan Show with my sister .. she was the Beatle nut ..

if it weren't for her I might have just remained a Beach Boys fan or something. My sister had every Beatles album and my family and I listened to them quite often. It was such a wonderful journey watching them develop into such wonderful artists; each with their own unique sounds as time went by. It's also very sad we had to say good-bye to John and George .. thank you for the music guys.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 09:33 PM

41. My 18 month old dtr. happily danced to them in front of our TV in Sacramento.

On Aug. 18, 2012, I took her to Paul McCartney's concert in Pittsburgh. He was fantastic. Never took a break the whole 3 hour show - even when another musician was playing a solo, he was bopping around, snapping his fingers & smiling.

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Response to Divernan (Reply #41)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 07:55 AM

64. I've seen Paul in concert 9 times

Including Wings in 1976. What an amazing showman and performer!
Macca is part of our family legend. He was scheduled to appear at Veterans Stadium in Philly on July 11, 1990 for his first tour since Wings. I was due to give birth to my second child on July 5 and very reluctantly had a stand-in for my ticket just in case I somehow couldn't go. Luckily my son decided to make his appearance on July 2, and I got to see my beloved Paul, waddling across the vast parking lots of the Vet holding my abdomen after a C-section. (DH was wonderful caring for babies and I had no problem at all leaving him for a few hours.) The concert was incredible and the whole experience was surreal.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 09:34 PM

42. I was nine and I bounced off the walls

And the next day I told my mother I wanted a guitar for my next birthday because I was going to be Paul McCartney when I grew up. Fortunately, I was willing to settle for twenty years of freelance hard rock journalism.

The course of my life was set that evening. All my loving I do give to them.


rocktivity

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 09:35 PM

43. I was a senior in high school

and, yes, I was watching like I always watched Ed Sullivan. (I always think of that "Ed Sullivan" song from Bye Bye Birdie). I'm so old I remember when Elvis was first on.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 09:36 PM

44. Yes... Seems like yesterday!

Those were the days..... Loved all the music of that time.. I was 11 years old...I was in Catholic school and the nuns made us go to go to confession for watching.. same as when Elvis was on.. Those impure thoughts ya know...

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Response to karmaqueen (Reply #44)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 03:49 AM

59. Elvis gyrating his pelvis to rock-n-roll, I get.

But what's the sin in watching the Beatles on Ed Sullivan? They're such nice well-behaved boys!

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 09:51 PM

46. Thanks!

That was fun! Saw the show on our B & W with the whole family. My parents would have been in their 40"s but they liked the music. I was 7.

They did not approve of the screaming or the long hair but they appreciated the music. They even bought us Meet the Beatles!

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 09:55 PM

47. I was ten. Fifth grade. Sat transfixed!

And then afterwards I went to the bathroom. Later I read that the water level from coast to coast took a noticeable drop! Everybody else who was watching that "Ed Sullivan Show" watched the Beatles' segments and held it all in so they wouldn't miss anything. And then they ran to the bathroom. At the same time. Across the country! And then the inevitable - they flushed at the same time, too.

It evidently set a record.

I LOVE rock 'n' roll trivia!

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 10:09 PM

49. Oh crap! Another reminder how old I am

I was a freshman in college, still smarting from the pain of losing JFK. I LOVED the Beatles and I still have all their 78 vinyls that I've down-loaded to my IPOD, even though I have a record player..

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 10:25 PM

52. I was nine years old, I remember it well.

I was interested, but not that excited. The Beatles started to really get my interest around the time of the Rubber Soul album.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 11:27 PM

53. Oh yeah!!!

I was eight years old, almost nine.
Big sister was 15 and nuts about them too!!

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 12:48 AM

55. Still something I will never forget!

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 02:12 AM

57. I certainly remember everybody talking about it, It seemed like the biggest thing ever

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 02:15 AM

58. My neighbor Tammy and I were 6

 

...she loved the Beatles, and I was just learning why. Jack Kennedy had just been killed 3 months before and there was still an uproar over that!

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 04:03 AM

60. Like you, I was also 12yo at the time. I don't think I was a "jumper," though---not my personality.

It was clear that theirs was a new and exciting music. I was immediately a fan. Please post their second set from that show, if you can.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 07:28 AM

62. Three days before my 8th birthday.

I am sure we watched it, because we watched Ed every week. But I remember nothing of it. I always seem to have this odd blockage for "where were you" when something transformational happens.

I do remember that the "coolest kid on the block" (he was 10) had a pair of Beatle boots, and I would have maimed for a pair myself. No chance -- my mother insisted the pointed toes would ruin my feet.

But the first LP I ever bought was "Meet the Beatles," albeit in 1966. (We were too poor to afford LPs in 64) Still have it.

-- Mal

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 10:05 AM

67. I was really young and I didn't realize that the

Beatles a human band. I was waiting for some beatles (the insect variety) to be brought out on stage. Yeah I know that sounds really silly.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 10:07 AM

68. Sadly, I was a geek/nerd something like that from a very young age......

I grew up on Broadway, Off Broadway, I loved a lot of swing from my parents generation (and also could easily tease them about some of their sillier music when they got on rock), a little later started loving jazz....

I was 9. Mom came into my room and asked if I wanted to watch the Beatles come in at the airport. I looked at her quizzically. "Huh?" "Do you want to come watch The Beatles come in at the airport?" The response from her nerdy kid? "Why are we importing bugs?" Great. My none-too-hep mother was way ahead of me.

We had one black & white TV in a console in Mom & Dad's bedroom. We all gathered in front of it to watch Ed Sullivan that night. I have to admit, I didn't get it and their music didn't get me excited. I later got into some of it and really loved/love some of it, but that night, not so much. My parents never did listen to rock & roll, so not sure why Mom was all up on The Beatles around then, but she was. I had two older sisters so I guess they were the ones who were the excited ones and Mom just included me.

Dad was a politician who later helped John Lennon with his deportation problem -- I have a picture of him on my wall with John & Yoko. I was much more into them then due to my anti-Vietnam protest involvement & their strong work there and I loved some of the music that they wrote & performed as part of that whole movement.

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Response to tpsbmam (Reply #68)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 10:22 AM

69. That is very cool about the picture with your dad

and what he did. I would cherish that for a lot of reasons.

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Response to MuseRider (Reply #69)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 11:07 AM

70. Believe me, I do! That and a few others....

one of my favs is one with Sammy Davis, Jr. after he and Dad had just eaten peanut butter sandwiches and you can see them working the peanut butter out of their mouths. I met lots of those folks.....the only asshole in the bunch was Danny Kaye. The rest were pretty cool. Nicest? Rita Moreno....she'll forever go down as one classy, wonderful lady in my book. Some of them I do truly treasure, and Dad's involvement with civil rights (thus the Sammy Davis pic) and anti-Vietnam stuff (which is part of where the John Lennon stuff happened)....those are the things that I look to him with great pride for. We had our disagreements, but I got my liberal activist start with him. That's what I treasure the most.


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Response to tpsbmam (Reply #70)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 02:09 PM

82. Cool story.

Sorry to hear that about Danny Kaye. Danny Thomas was an a**hole, too, from personal experience.

Bottom line: Don't take the name Danny.

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Response to tpsbmam (Reply #70)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 04:22 PM

86. Thank you for sharing that!

What a wonderful past you have had. Your dad sounds like one heck of a guy. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 11:30 AM

71. I was still crawling. I couldn't jump up & down to it till YouTube.

The internet has changed the world

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 11:57 AM

72. I was 8, LOL

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 12:20 PM

74. I was forced to watch them!

 

We only had one T.V in the house. I thought they were silly and was meant for girls only. However, when the Rolling Stones performed on Ed Sullivan 10-25-64, that changed my life!
http://www.edsullivan.com/the-rolling-stones-1st-appearance-on-the-ed-sullivan-show-102564

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 12:39 PM

76. OMG, yes--I was six years old!!!

I even won my Grandma over to her side--she loved them, too. I had such a crush on Paul--still do to this day. I've never been able to go see him in concert, because I think I'd spend the whole evening sitting there bawling from the memories.

My other Grandma lived in Arkansas, and when I was six she had a spell of TB that landed her in the sanatorium in Booneville for a few months. My mom promised me that if I was good when we went to see her, we would stop downtown and she would buy me a Beatles single at the local drugstore. I got several out of that deal.

How time flies....

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 01:11 PM

77. I was wiggling a lot.

But I was only a month old, so it had little to do with the either Ed Sullivan or the Beatles. I will say that my earliest pop music memory was hearing Hey, Jude playing on the radio when my family was on vacation.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 01:11 PM

78. My first experience with SEX!

 

Yep, the first time I got the whole sex thing was that week.

My journal:

http://journals.democraticunderground.com/Bennyboy/17

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Response to Bennyboy (Reply #78)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 03:20 PM

85. Fun story.

Yep, the Beatles made a difference there, too - although it would be at the end of the decade that I got lucky.

But the early '70s - oh wow.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 01:44 PM

79. I was only 3 at that time, but I love the Beatles.

I've read Cynthia Lennon's book and I have a few other books about them laying around.

I have the album where John Lennon's music was performed by other artists. I listened to the 'Wings over America' album probably a million times in high school, and at one time I had the 'red album' and 'blue album' on cassette (greatest hits albums for two different stretches of years).

Thanks for the video. I doubt we had a TV in 1964, but one of my earliest childhood memories was hearing the song 'I wanna hold your hand'.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 01:56 PM

80. I watched too

What I dont see people mention much is the fact that almost all of us watched this on a Black and White tv! I had only seen one color tv so far in my life by this night. And most of us watched this on the ONLY tv in the house. I didnt know anyone who had two tv's!!!!

The kids of today could not relate to how it was just 49 years ago!
tib

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 02:43 PM

83. Yes. In my highchair.

 

Seriously, Mom told me that I was bopping up and down in my highchair while they played that night.
Been a Beatles fan ever since...

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 03:18 PM

84. I was 8, and do remember it!

"Ed Sullivan" was a regular Sunday thing at our house, although I was more excited to see Topo Gigo, but I recall the black and white big black box of a TV we watched it on.

And I recall their hairstyle was the hottest thing afterwards, for boys and girls! Always sporting a 'pixie cut', I was "accused" of having a Beatles Haircut! I didn't want to be thought of as 'trendy'!!! I was offended by the accusation.


When I see how cute and young they were...ah, youth. And I really miss John Lennon.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 04:57 PM

87. Yes! I was 4, and glued to the tv. Thus began a lifelong love of music.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 05:07 PM

88. Dunno... can an early 2nd trimester fetus "jump?"

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Response to eShirl (Reply #88)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 06:48 PM

108. My eldest sure did when I went to see the movie "Tommy" at the theater.

I was way too loud for her!

Not only that, it was a terrible movie.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 06:59 PM

89. This tune by the British group The Hollies reached no. 2 in the U.K in Feb. 1964

and was a massive hit there but never really penetrated the U.S. market and they didn't appear on Ed Sullivan at the time. The Hollies shared the same label as the Beatles, much of the same style (at the time) and somehow the girls in my Junior High knew about them and were swooning over their guitarist Tony Hicks along with Paul, George, John, and Ringo. Who knows how things might have been had they made that appearance instead of The Beatles.





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Response to aint_no_life_nowhere (Reply #89)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 08:20 PM

90. Loved the Hollies. Every morning . . .

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Response to Faygo Kid (Reply #90)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 09:38 PM

92. They had quite a string of hits

This was my favorite by the Hollies. I'm not trying to hijack your thread but looking at the Beatles and all the other groups that followed in their wake as something that profoundly changed American culture. That night on Ed Sullivan saw the end of the Elvis Presley/James Dean era of slick hair, doo-wop, long dresses, and rockabilly (although the Beatles in fact had their origins in rockabilly). The week after the Beatles appeared on TV, all the boys at school started combing their hair down. It looked ridiculous but the girls liked it and that's all that mattered to young boys.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 09:42 PM

94. No. I wasn't even the proverbial twinkle in my daddy's eye.

 

I was negative 7.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 11:38 PM

95. I may have been . . .

But I was 2½, so if I was, likely as not it was for some other reason.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 11:55 PM

96. I remember see that on MTV classics.



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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 09:49 AM

100. I was in Indonesia, no TV

but it didn't take long for Beatlemania to strike me. I would spend hours on the roof of our house singing "I wanna hold your hand" and clutching a picture of Paul McCartney. I longed for Paul! I loved him with all of my 7-year old heart!

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 09:56 AM

101. Naah...I saw them on the Ed Sullivan show and shrugged my shoulders...

Of course, I was 11 at the time and was listening to Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker, so there was a difference in musical preferences.

Although I never bought their albums, watched their movies, or read the teen magazines, within a decade or so I could tell you their names; what instrument they played; and a little about each one. I could hum a dozen of their tunes and sing the lyrics to half-a-dozen or so.

A testament to the power of pop culture...
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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 06:42 PM

104. Nope

 

Wasn't born yet. But I would have loved to see them in concert. The Beatles are definitely among the best musicians of all time.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 06:46 PM

107. I'll never forget it.

I was nine years old and in love for the first time.

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