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The four members of the British hit band, the Beatles, have arrived in New York at the start of their first tour of the United States. The young men, with their now infamous mop-head hairstyles, stepped onto the tarmac at Kennedy Airport just after 1300 local time. There were more than 3,000 screaming teenagers at the airport. Many had skipped school or work. Some were in tears and some were carrying placards with phrases such as "I love you, please stay".

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The Beatles’ first scheduled appearance will be on American television on Sunday on the Ed Sullivan show. He apparently booked them to appear after seeing the huge crowds who greeted their return to Heathrow from Sweden last October.

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More than 5,000 fans applied for tickets to be part of the audience for the live show – only 750 were lucky enough to get them.The Beatles – Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon and George Harrison – received maximum police protection, the kind of arrangement usually produced for kings and presidents.

There were security barriers too, without which, the Beatles would almost certainly have been crushed by the throng of screaming women.  Elsewhere in the United States, excitement over the Beatles’ arrival has reached almost fever-pitch. Their songs are playing constantly on radio stations, in shops and other places of work.

Millions of Beatle records have already been sold and a company called Puritan Fashions Incorporated, which describes itself as "the only exclusive official licensed manufacturer of Beatle wearing apparel" is marketing T-shirts, sweat shirts, turtle-neck sweaters, tight-legged trousers, night shirts, scarves and jewellery inspired by the Beatles.

Beatle wigs are also for sale at $2.99 each – or the equivalent of one guinea.

In Context
The Beatles were the first British band to break into the American market. Their appearance on the Ed Sullivan show reportedly led to a dip in the crime rate to a 50-year low as 73 million people or 40% of Americans tuned into watch. They performed the songs All My Loving, Till There Was You, She Loves You, I Saw Her Standing There and I Want To Hold Your Hand.

The band appeared twice on the Ed Sullivan show and their performances still rate as the second and third most-watched programmes in the history of US TV. Only the 1983 final episode of Korean war comedy MASH achieved more viewers

In February 2004, the Beatles were given the President’s Award at the Grammys to mark the 40th anniversary of what became known as "Beatlemania". It was accepted by the widows of John Lennon and George Harrison, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison.

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April 23, 1964 – John Lennon was the guest of honor at a Foyle’s Literary Lunch in the Dorchester Hotel, London.

117397_beat6April 24, 1964 – The last movie scenes for “A Hard Day’s Night” were filmed in West Ealing.

April 25, 1964 – Peter and Gordon’s “World Without Love,” a composition by Paul McCartney and John Lennon, knocks “Can’t Buy Me Love” out of the #1 slot.

April 25, 1965 – “Ticket To Ride” reached the top of the British charts and stayed there for three weeks.

April 26, 1964 – After 15 weeks of not performing, The Beatles returned to the stage at the Empire Pool in Wembley.  It was the New Musical Express 1963-64 Annual Poll Winners’ All-Star Concert in front of a crowd of 10,000.

April 28, 1965 – The Beatles were presented with a Grammy Award for Best Performance by a Vocal Group for “A Hard Day’s Night.”  This was done at the studio and taped so it could be broadcast in the US during the award show.

April 29, 1967 – The 14 Hour Technicolor Dream Event, (a multi-artist event) took place at Alexandra Palace.  John Lennon performed, and Yoko Ono was also a performer.

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April 16, 1964 – “A Hard Day’s Night” was recorded in three hours at Abbey Road.

117397_beat4April 17, 1964 – The press announced that the movie The Beatles were working on was officially given the name “A Hard Day’s Night.”

April 19, 1967 – The Beatles and Co., a legal business partnership, was formed to bind the band together until 1977.

April 20, 1966 – The band began recording “And Your Bird Can Sing” and “Taxman.”

April 20, 1973 – “The Beatles 1962 – 1966” (the Red Album) was released in the UK, reaching No 3 in the charts. “The Beatles 1967 – 1970” (the Blue Album) was also released this day, and reached No 2 in the charts. Both albums stayed in the charts for 172 (Red) and 137 (Blue) weeks.

April 21, 1969 – John and Yoko Ono formed Bag Productions, a company to publish books and release films.

April 21, 1963 – The Beatles play to a crowd of 10,000 as part of the 14-act NME Poll Winner’s Concert at the Empire Pool in Wembley.

April 21, 1965 – Filming continued for the movie “Help!”

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April 9, 1967 – The Monterey Pop Festival planning advisory board asked Paul to join them. He advised them to book Jimi Hendrix. (He gave an iconic performance.)

April 9, 1970 – John was at the Arthur Janov clinic, receiving treatment for heroin addiction.

April 12, 1968 – John and his wife Cynthia as well as George and his wife Pattie returned to London after a long trip to India, visiting and learning from the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at the International Academy of Transcendental Meditation.

BEATLES WAVING TO FANSApril 12, 1970 – Paul released his first solo LP, “McCartney” in Britain. It reached No. 2 in the charts.

April 13, 1963 – The band appeared on national BBC television for the first time when they recorded “The 625 Show” at Shepherd’s Bush.

April 13, 1964 – The Beatles received a Gold Disc in the US for “The Beatles Second Album.”

April 13, 1966 – Work was finished on “Love You To” and recording began on “Paperback Writer.”

April 14, 1969 – Paul and John recorded “The Ballad of John and Yoko.”

April 15, 1965 – The Beatles appeared on “Top of the Pops” performing “Ticket To Ride” for the first time.

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April 2, 1968 – The band initiated Python Music Ltd, a new publishing company.

April 3, 1967 – George was the only Beatle around to work on “With You Without You.” He added the vocals, the sitar and acoustic guitar.

117387_beat2April 4, 1964 – The Beatles held all of the top five positions on the US Billboard charts. 1)”Can’t Buy Me Love” 2)”Twist and Shout” 3)”She Loves You” 4)”I Wanna Hold Your Hand” 5)”Please Please Me”

April 4, 1965 – After two months of filming their movie, “Help!” was chosen as the title.  Paul and John wrote the title track, “Help!”

April 5, 1963 – The Beatles received their first silver disc for “Please Please Me.”

April 5, 1964 – The opening scenes of “A Hard Day’s Night” were filmed at Marylebone Station in London.

April 6, 1965 – DJ Simon Dee from the pirate station Radio Caroline presented the band with a Bell award. Also, the EP “Beatles For Sale” was released in the UK.

April 6, 1966 – The first recording session for the album “Revolver” took place at Abbey Road. “Tomorrow Never Knows” was the first track to be recorded, and it only took three takes. New technology such as artificial double tracking, tape loops, and a Leslie speaker were experimented with.

April 8, 1968 – “Lady Madonna/”The Inner Light” received a gold disc in the US.

April 8, 1974 – Paul and Wings released “Band On The Run”/”Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five” in the US.

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March 19, 1964 – The Beatles were presented with the Variety Club of Great Britain’s Award for Show Business Personalities of 1963 by Prime Minister Harold Wilson.

March 20, 1969 – John and Yoko were married at the British Consulate in the British protectorate of Gibraltar.

March 20, 1976 – Paul’s band, Wings, moved their world tour to Europe, starting with Copenhagen, Denmark.

March 21, 1984 – Strawberry Fields was opened in New York’s Central Park and was dedicated to John Lennon.

March 22, 1963 – The Beatles’ debut album, “Please Please Me,” was released in the UK.

March 23, 1964 – John Lennon’s first book, “In His Own Write” was published. He appeared on “Tonight” to promote it.

March 23, 1973 – US Immigration Service ordered John Lennon to leave the country within 60 days.  He fought back by applying for a green card.

March 25, 1966 – The photo session for “The Beatles Yesterday and Today” album took place. The pictures are now called the famous “butcher” photographs, showing the boys in white coats with headless baby dolls and raw meat draped over them. A limited number of albums with this picture were released until Capitol Records replaced the image with an inoffensive photograph on the cover.

March 25, 1969 – After their marriage and honeymoon, John Lennon and Yoko Ono held a seven-day bed-in for peace at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel in the Presidential Suite.

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The Sunnygirls was formed to the foundations of the ex-Plommons in 1967. At first they were Suzie & the Sunnygirls, but Suzie’s (Watson) solo career made her soon to leave the band. Also the original guitarist Helena Thunholm resigned herself, and she was replaced by Carina Leijd, who, besides she was couple of years younger than the rest of the group, became their solo-117070_sgsinger. However, they all (but the drummer Annika Degermann) did sing. Those other original members were Maud Lindqvist (bs/vcl) and Carina Fredriksson (keys/vcl). When the Sunnygirls’ manager changed to Roland Ferneborg, they were reinforced by the saxophonists Ann-Christine Carlsson and Ninnie Andersson.

 In the late 1960s the Sunnygirls toured in Mexico, and performed there once to an audience of 30,000! Another Swedish group the Moonlighters was also there, and these guys helped the Sunnygirls on their second single-release "Proud Mary". They even had performances in U.S.A. (for instance in Las Vegas), and they continued till the mid 1970s with several different line-ups, but without the original members, when the last of them, Leijd and Fredriksson formed a new group called Mixed Six. So, what about Suzie then? She was born as Maria Pereboom in Holland in 1946, took part in amateur-contest in Finland when she was nine years old, traveled ’round Europe, and finally settled down in Sweden. In 1963 she got the record deal with Sonet, and beginning from "Johnny Loves Me", she succeeded especially in Germany and other Middle European countries. After a short period with the Sunnygirls, she got another hit-seller with "Walkin’ Back To Happiness", but then in 1971, after 31 singles, 8 EP’s and several compilations, she decided to back away from the frontline of music business.

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Middle sitting down: Barbara Allen (keyboard), top l-r: Jean Callaway (bass), Donna Atkinson (guitar), Kathy Burkly (drums)

Chas Kit over at GarageHangover has a great post on Jean Callaway where she tells about among other things her days with The Tennessee Hotpants. Dont miss out on it, it is a great read.

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Gianna Nannini, one of several reasons I’m thinking of starting to learn Italian – Ted

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What an absolute ridiculous question, the Fab Four versus three falsetto wankers from the colonies. One need to be brain-dead even to think it, let alone ask it – Ted

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The Move, from Birmingham, England, were one of the leading British rock bands of the 1960s. They scored nine Top 20 UK singles in five years, but were among the most popular British bands not to find any success in the United States.

Although bassist-vocalist Chris “Ace” Kefford was the original leader, for most of their career The Move was led by guitarist, singer and songwriter Roy Wood. He composed all the group’s UK singles and, from 1968, also sang lead vocals on many songs, although Carl Wayne was the main lead singer up to 1970. Initially the band had 4 main vocalists (Wayne, Wood, Trevor Burton and Kefford).


20 Move videos upload on “British Classics 2” on my Vodpod account, just hit the thumbnail to the right to have a go at viewing and listening to this classic British band – Ted

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Time for some more British Gold from the article series “From Liverpool to Wembley” where I present British bands and solo artists from Mersey beat to glam rock. With out further ado, here’s Joan armatrading and The Dave Clark Five:

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Joan Anita Barbara Armatrading, MBE (born 9 December 1950) is a British singer, songwriter and guitarist. Armatrading is a three-time Grammy Award-nominee and has been nominated twice for BRIT Awards as Best Female Artist. She also received an Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contemporary Song Collection in 1996. In a recording career spanning almost 40 years she has released a total of 17 studio albums, as well as several live albums and compilations.
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The Dave Clark Five (also known as "The DC5") were an English pop rock group. Their single "Glad All Over" knocked The Beatles’ "I Want to Hold Your Hand" off the top of the UK singles charts in January 1964: it eventually peaked at No.6 in the United States in April 1964.They were the second group of the British Invasion, after The Beatles, to appear on The Ed Sullivan Show and for some time were more popular in the US than in their native UK but they had a renaissance in the UK.
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Since I’ve been such a Vodpod slacker I thought I might as well seek out some more golden pop tunes from 6 other British sixties ladies and these can also be found in the British Classics 2  collection– Ted

And here they are

Sharon Tandy
Valerie Mountain
Petula Clark  
Sandy Posey 
Alma Cogan
Susan Maughan

9 videos
3 videos
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9 videos
19 videos
17 videos

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Sharon Tandy
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Valerie Mountain
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I’ve been a real slacker when it comes to my Vodpod account these last months, but now that autumn has come with cold weather and dark evenings I’ll promise to be a good boy again. So here’s the last updates and they are all British sixties ladies this time and they are all in British Classics 2  collection– Ted

And here they are

Billie Davis
Kathy Kirby
Anita Harris 
Julie Grant
Jackie Trent
Dusty Springfield

15 videos
13 videos
8 videos
7 videos
10 videos
19 videos

By the way, you can always find the four last added videos by checking the V0dpod widget in the right column on the blog

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Time for some more British Gold from the article series “From Liverpool to Wembley” where I present British bands and solo artists from Mersey beat to glam rock. With out further ado, here’s Millie Small and Peter & Gordon:

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Millie  is a Jamaican singer-songwriter, often known as “Little Millie Small”, and in the United States as “Millie Small”, and is best known as the singer of the 1964 hit, “My Boy Lollipop”.
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Peter and Gordon were a British Invasion-era duo and formed by Peter Asher and Gordon Waller, who achieved fame in 1964 with “A World Without Love”, and had several subsequent hits in that era.
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Time for a few more entries at the “From Liverpool to Wembley” section again. And since this is my blog I continue presenting my own favourites and these two are among my really BIG favourites.

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The Kinks were an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, by brothers Ray and Dave Davies in 1964. The Kinks are recognized as one of the most important and influential rock acts of the era. Their music was influenced by a wide range of genres, including rhythm and blues, British music hall, folk, and country.
Bio, Discography and videos here

 

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Maggie Bell (born 12 January 1945, Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland) is a Scottish rock and blues-rock singer, regarded by some as Britain’s answer to Janis Joplin. From a musical family, she sang from her teenage years, leaving school at the age of fifteen, to work as a window dresser by day and singer at night.
Bio, Discography and videos here

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The Beatles 4-speed 17-1/2" x 10" x 6" NEMS record player 10956_brp

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This is considered by most collectors to be the ultimate piece to own of all commercial Beatles memorabilia. The 4-speed 17-1/2" x 10" x 6" NEMS record player was manufactured in 1964 and only 5000 were made. Very few survived, making it the most sought after item of Beatles memorabilia. So far only one or two mint or near mint units have turned up – the majority that have surfaced are in worn condition.
The colourful 20" x 11" x 7" packing box is even rarer, only a couple are known to exist. An owners manual was also included (pictured above). The serial numbers were on a piece of cardboard attached to the inside lid, and in most cases this has fallen off or is missing. The value has nearly doubled in the last three years for upper condition players, selling then from $1500 to $2000 and now in 1997 for $3000 and up, when they can be found.

Information like the one above and hundreds of others about the Beatles  can be found and enjoyed on The Beatles Virtual Museum. This is a must for any hard-core Beatles fan or anyone interested in the sixties music scene in Britain at all. Hit the thumbnail to the right to go there


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Did you ever wonder about what The Beatles were up to on a week-to-week basis?  Are you a Beatles trivia buff?  Test your knowledge here as you look at what happened to The Beatles in a specific week in time.

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March 8, 1962 – The Beatles made their radio debut with “Teenagers Turn.” (“Here We Go”)

March 10, 1963 – The Beatles had to dress up as policemen to avoid the crowds gathered at the Hippodrome Theatre in Birmingham.  It was the second date of their British tour.

March 13, 1964 – The band recorded the last scenes for “A Hard Day’s Night” at Gatwick Airport.

March 8, 1965 – Brian Epstein received the Best Group Award of the Mecca Carl-Alan Awards from Princess Margaret on behalf of the Beatles.  The boys were in the Bahamas shooting scenes for the movie “Help!”

March 11, 1967 – Northern Songs announced that 446 cover versions of Paul’s “Yesterday” had been recorded since the song’s release.

March 14, 1967 – The clips for “Penny Lane” and “Strawberry Fields Forever” were screened on the American show “Where The Action Is.”

March 12, 1969 – Paul married Linda Louise Eastman at Marylebone Register Office.

March 12, 1971 – In the London High Court, the Judge ruled in favour of Paul in his legal case to dissolve the Beatles partnership.

March 13, 1974 – Ringo released “Oh My My”/”Step Lightly” in the states.

March 10, 1975 – John released “Stand By Me”/”Move Over Ms. L” in the states.

March 11, 1997 – Paul received his knighthood at Buckingham Palace.

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The Beatles This Week

From “The Beatles this week” at the blog on RetroPlanet, a site well worth visiting for any retro buff.

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Did you ever wonder about what The Beatles were up to on a week-to-week basis?  Are you a Beatles trivia buff?  Test your knowledge here as you look at what happened to The Beatles in a specific week in time.

January 26, 1963 – The Beatles played at “The Greatest Teenage Dance” at the Co-operative Hall in Darwen, Lancashire, put on by the local Baptist Youth Club.

January 29, 1963 – The “Talent Spot” was broadcast on BBC television, starring The Beatles.

January 29, 1964 – The boys recorded “Can’t Buy Me Love” at the EMI Pathe Marconi Studios in Paris, France.  They also recorded “I Want To Hold Your Hand” and “She Loves You” in German.

January 27, 1967 – The Beatles signed a new contract with EMI, good until January 1976.

January 27, 1967 – The Beatles signed a deal with Hunter Davies, who was planning to write a biography on the band.

January 30, 1967 – The first shoot at Knole Park, near Sevenoaks, Kent took place to produce promotional films for “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane.”

January 27, 1968 – John Lennon recorded an interview for “The Kenny Everett Show.”

January 28, 1968Paul McCartney rehearsed with Cilla Black for “Step Inside Love.”

January 30, 1968George Harrison finished the recording for “Wonderwall.”

January 28, 1969 – The Beatles recorded “Get Back” and “Don’t Let Me Down.”

January 30, 1969 – The Beatles gave their last live performance on the roof of their Apple Studio building in London.  It lasted 42 minutes, and the police were called to make the band stop playing, as they had brought the area down below to a complete standstill.

January 31, 1969 – The band recorded “The Long and Winding Road” and “Let It Be” for the “Get Back” documentary.

January 27, 1970 – The Plastic Ono Band recorded John’s “Instant Karma.”

January 27, 1975 – Ringo’s “No No Song”/”Snookeroo” went on sale in the U.S.

January 26, 1976 – The Beatles contract with EMI ended.  Paul signed with them again, but Ringo and George signed with other labels.  John did not sign with anyone.

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Time for some more classic British performers for the “From Liverpool to Wembley” series, so her goes: Manfred Mann and The Zombies. With videos of some of their greatest hits of course.

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