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Christianity will go,” said Lennon. “It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue about that. I’m right and I’ll be proved right. We’re more popular than Jesus now. I don’t know which will go first, rock ’n’ roll or Christianity.

Birmingham disc jockeys Tommy Charles, left, and Doug Layton of Radio Station WAQY rip and break materials representing the British singing group the "Beatles" on August 8, 1966. The broadcasters started a "Ban the Beatles" campaign after Beatle John Lennon was quoted as saying his group is more popular than Jesus. Charles took exception to the statement as "absurd and sacrilegious." (AP Photo)
Birmingham disc jockeys Tommy Charles, left, and Doug Layton of Radio Station WAQY rip and break materials representing the British singing group the “Beatles” on August 8, 1966. The broadcasters started a “Ban the Beatles” campaign after Beatle John Lennon was quoted as saying his group is more popular than Jesus. Charles took exception to the statement as “absurd and sacrilegious.” (AP Phot

 


The Beatles went up in smoke near Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., on August 12, 1966 as neighborhood youngsters severed once and for all their two–year friendship with the four world figures. The Beatlemania bonfire, planned by Chuck Smith, 13, was in protest against John Lennon remark to the effect that the Beatles a
re “more popular than Jesus.” (AP Photo)

 


The Beatles appear to have lost their popularity at Beaver Meadows, a small community in northeastern Pennsylvania according to the sign, “God Forever, Beatles Never”, posted along Route 93, near Hazleton on August 10, 1966. A proposal in the Pa. legislature asks the ban of any future appearance of the Beatles in this state because of a remark attributed to one of the Beatles that they are more popular than Jesus Christ. (AP Photo)

Young churchfolk from nearby Sunnyvale on the San Francisco Peninsula protest against the Beatles and John Lennon's remark that the Beatles are more popular than Jesus.
Young churchfolk from nearby Sunnyvale on the San Francisco Peninsula protest against the Beatles and John Lennon’s remark that the Beatles are more popular than Jesus.

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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 at PlanetRetro’s “Beatles This Week” as you look at what happened to The Beatles in a specific week in time.

December 7, 1963 – “With The Beatles” topped the British charts and remained there for 21 weeks.

December 12, 1963 – The Beatles became the first ever act to knock themselves off the UK charts when “I Want To Hold Your Hand” replaced “She Loves You.”

December 9, 1964 – “Beatles For Sale” entered the LP charts at Number 1.

December 12, 1965 – The band played at the Capitol Centre in Cardiff.  It was the final show of their last British tour.

December 8, 1980 – John Lennon was killed outside his home in the Dakota building in New York City.  He was shot four times at close range by Mark David Chapman.

Taken from PlanetRetro’s “Beatles This Week”

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When you were the most popular band in the world you could make money on just about any thing – Ted 😉

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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.

Text from BBC’s On This Day

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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.

Text from “Retroplanet

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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!”

Text from “Retroplanet

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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.

Text from “Retroplanet

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