by Robert Wilkinson
Speaking of the Beatles, in honor of their landing at NYC, we have a bunch of their music! As you know, on February 7 the Fab Four landed in NY, and two days later on February 9, 1964, the world changed forever, thanks to Ed Sullivan and 4 young men from Liverpool. All 73 million of us who watched them that night knew something major had happened....
”It was 54 years ago today, that Sgt. Pepper's Band began to play!
They've never been out of style, so come along and dance awhile
Now let me introduce to you, the one and only gear Fab Four
Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band!”
Today, February 7, the Beatles landed at Idlewild Airport in NYC and pandemonium broke out in a huge way as Beatlemania was launched on the shores of America! They flew in for appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show and a concert in Washington DC.
Their arrival had been heralded by our Saturday Night Attitude dance tune being played non-stop on just about every pop radio station in America. It spent 7 solid weeks at number one, to be replaced by “She Loves You” for 2 weeks, which was followed by “Can't Buy Me Love” for 5 straight weeks. At one point, they had 7 in the Top Ten, including all 5 of the top spots, a record never matched since by any act in the world.
The Beatles said they threw everything into this song, from brilliant harmonies to hand claps to a very catchy rhythm. So for your enjoyment, the song that made America fall in love with the Beatles! Rather than just give you the studio version, I found a great live performance of the tune on the Morecambe and Wise television show on April 18, 1964, so for your enjoyment, time to twist! “I Want To Hold Your Hand”
Every other year I find at least one of the three Beatles appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964. Despite the lack of complete segments, this year I found this gem which I saw (along with 73 million others!) when it was first broadcast that fateful Sunday night on February 9! “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” which I’ll follow with one recorded earlier Feb 9 but not broadcast until 2 weeks later! “Twist and Shout.”
(February 9 set list - “All My Loving,” “Till There Was You,” “She Loves You,” and “I Want To Hold Your Hand.” February 16 set list - ”From Me To You,” “This Boy,” “All My Loving.” February 23 set list – “Twist and Shout,” “Please Please Me,” and of course, “I Want To Hold Your Hand”)
From late October 1963 in Sweden, when Beatlemania had swept Europe and was about 14 weeks from taking the US, a very good live performance! “She Loves You,” “Twist and Shout,” “I Saw Her Standing There,” and “Long Tall Sally”
Last year I had their entire Royal Variety performance from November 1963, but it’s disappeared. Instead, here it is on several clips, in order!
Their performance of “She Loves You” is nowhere to be found, but I did find this outstanding performance from March 1963! ”She Loves You.”
Here’s 10 minutes of the Beatles live on the BBC at the Empire Theater in December 1963 performing “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “Money,” “Twist and Shout,” and “From Me To You”
From November 18, 1963, a clip from the Huntley-Brinkley Report on NBC News that was the first mention of the Beatles in the US! The Beatles and Beatlemania reported by Edwin Newman on NBC News
A great clip from Jan 1964 hosted by Jack Paar introducing the Beatles to the US before they came in February! The Beatles Phenomenon Introduced by the Jack Paar Show – Jan 1964
Here’s 17+ minutes of great video! The Beatles Live At the BBC (“Twist and Shout,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” “I Wanna Be Your Man,” “Long Tall Sally,” and a medley of “Love Me Do,” “Please Please Me,” “From Me To You,” “She Loves You,” and “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” which they followed with “Can’t Buy Me Love,” and finally, “Shout”)
We’ll begin to close the dance with a fantastic 13+ minutes live at the NME show in 1964! The Beatles Live at NME 1964 (“She Loves You,” “You Can’t Do That,” “Twist and Shout,” “Long Tall Sally,” and “Can’t Buy Me Love”)
For our first encore, from Dec 1963, live on the Morecambe and Wise television show, The Beatles Live! (This is a great show, featuring “That Boy,” “All My Loving,” “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” ending with a gag number!)
For the second encore, their first concert in the US! Last year I had the whole thing on one clip, but this year I only found a few video tracks. For your enjoyment, some of the Beatles 1964 Washington DC concert!
This 9+ minute track is a sequence of their entire set list, cut into a medley. The Beatles Live at the Washington DC Coliseum 1964 (Set list: “Roll Over Beethoven,” “From Me to You,” “I Saw Her Standing There,” “This Boy,” “All My Loving,” “I Wanna Be Your Man,” “Please Please Me,” “Till There Was You,” “She Loves You,” “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “Twist and Shout,” and “Long Tall Sally.”)
Live at another show in 1964, the Beatles performing ”I Saw Her Standing There” (For some reason, their performance of this song in DC is nowhere to be found.)
For the third encore, here’s 24 minutes of video of their 1964 tour of Oz! The Beatles in Melbourne - 1964
Last year’s fourth encore was the full 26 minutes of the Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl in 1964, but it’s disappeared. So instead, here’s a 28 minute mini-documentary titled Charles Ozgood’s “Sunday Morning” featuring The Beatles
Here’s an interesting 41 min. video of a class at Duquesne University on February 9, 2011. It outlines the epic event that was the Beatles performance on the Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964. Through film interviews, television footage and a brief lecture by Don Maue, the audience is taken back to the winter of 1963 and 1964 just as The Beatles are about to invent the 1960's pop culture.
They really did blow the doors down. Completely and forever!
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