Beatlemania February 9, 1964 The Music That Changed the World

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Submitted by Sandy Graham

Fifty one  years ago  73 million watched the Ed Sullivan show on February 9, 1964. Beatlemania was born.

Beatle fans were there when they landed at JFK Airport in New York City on Friday, February 7, 1964 and 73 million people watching the Fab Four on the "Ed Sullivan Show," that Sunday night. With only approximately three channels to chose from on tv back then that is a pretty high statistic. Back then families watched television together in the living room. Our family was no different.

I was just in the beginnings of my fascination with rock ‘n’ roll music, having watched my older sister through her keyhole, singing into her hairbrush to ‘Stand By Me’ and ‘Duke of Earl’. My older brother, Don had discovered Buddy Holly and bought the 45 of ‘Peggy Sue’ and I fell in love with the B side ‘Everyday’. But none of those songs or artists were ‘mine’.

So that Sunday night when the Beatles came on for the first part of the Ed Sullivan Show, my brother Don said ‘quick you gotta see this band – they are amazing and going to be huge.’ I told him I couldn’t care less and went to wash my hair. Later that evening, The Beatles came on to do their second segment and I was screaming right along with all those other girls. I still have no idea how that phenomena worked but I was suddenly a Beatlemaniac.

We had no idea in North America where the mop-topped lads came from other than some place in England, we just knew this was the beginning of a new era – The British Invasion. Pop music would never be the same.

After that they paved the way for so many other British Bands, Gerry and the Pacekmakers, Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas, Eric Burden and the Animals, The Tremeloes and later on Herman’s Hermits and The Kinks, to name a few.

We had fashion from the UK with Go-Go boots and Pea Coats. Hairstyles, dances a whole new culture was born.  We had music that embraced a whole new generation. Music that still resonates with people to this day.

John, Paul, George and Ringo – four guys from Liverpool who changed the world.

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