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So I'm doing my final American Studies project on the Beatles and Beatlemania in America, 1964. So just out of sheer curiosity, and since the Beatles are certainly a part of America's cultural history, if any one in this group was a teenager in 1964, what was your reaction to Beatlemania? Did you participate? I'd like to read some stories :)
ps. Paul is my favorite and top 5 fave songs are "Come Together," "Eleanor Rigby," "Back in the U.S.S.R.," "Drive My Car," and "Get Back."
I was a teenager in the 60s. I didn't have a clue as to why all the girls started screaming when they saw the Beatles. Clearly I was not alone in this, as good ol' Ed Sullivan looked positively bewildered when the audience started screaming before the Beatles had begun to play their first song on his show.
The establishment was dismissive of the Beatles. I remember Time Magazine warning us that the "Beetles...sorry, the Beatles...are coming." Remember, however, that rock had not yet conquered the entire recording industry at that time and that many rock bands were dismissed as something those crazy kids do.
I did not participate in Beatlemania. I thought it was stupid. But then, I was playing the clarinet and was into classical music at the time.
I was a pre-teen when the Beatles came to America (born in 1953) and screamed with the best of them. I lived in a suburb of Los Angeles and was in a Beatles Fan Club in 5th grade. I sent in a postcard and won a ticket (from KFWB-Channel 98) to go to the Hollywood Bowl to see the Beatles. My dad put me on a bus (we lived south of Hollywood), told the driver to take care of me, then picked me up at the bus stop when it was over. I also won $9.80 (channel 98 - get it?), the album Hard Day's Night, and Bobbin' Head Beatle dolls.
All the girls in the neighborhood went into a frenzy over the Beatles - even though we went to the same high school as the Beach Boys did (our senior class President was the youngest, non-Beach boys Wilson brother Marty). Surfing stuff was boring, the Beatles were exciting and sexy to our innocent minds.
I memorized the songs, bought the 45s and even the albums. I bought fan magazines and poured over the pictures. I still have my numbered White Album and many other albums.
My favorite songs are We Can Work it Out, Norwegian Wood, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Yesterday, When I'm Sixty-four, and probably a hundred more. The only song I always hated is Why Don't We Do It in the Road.
The order is Paul, John, George, Ringo.
I can still sing the lyrics of many of their songs.
I have a 16-year old daughter, and she really likes a lot of the Beatles stuff.
I was in junior high, and was totally bemused by the hysteria. This was my first experience of the "extreme fandom phenomenon." Of course, I was also a dyed-in-the-wool classical music afficionado!
Now that I'm so much older, I've quite learned to like their music, but at the time, meh ... couldn't see what all the fuss was about!
At the time I was 5 years old going on 6 and remember watching The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show. In fact the reason I chose the name Beatles1964 is because of the cultural world wide effect they had on people wherever they went. I have their old LP Records and even some 45s too. The British version of The Beatles Albums aer worth a lot more than the American version of their Albums. The one Beatles Album that I don't have a copy of is The Beatles Yesterday And Today with The Butcher Cover and The Beatles dressed in white smocks with doll parts and pieces of meat. That cover was pulled after one day and anyone that happens to have a copy has a real collector's item on their hands.
My favourite Beatles Albums in no particular order:
A Hard Day's Night
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Favourite Beatles Songs in no particular order:
A Hard Day's Night
I Am The Walrus
I Want To Hold Your Hand
Can't Buy Me Love
She Loves You
Ticket To Ride
You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
Back In The U.S.S.R.
Drive My Car
Strawberry Fields Forever
I own The Beatlea movies HELP! and A Hard Day's Night along with the cute animated movie Yellow Submarine and the episodes of The Ed Sullivan Show The Beatles appeared on as well as:
Fun With The Fab Four
The Beatles Live
The Beatles First U.S. Tour
The Compleat Beatles
The Beatles Unauthorized
The Beatles Making Of A Hard Day's Night
I also own The Beatles Albums on Cassette Tapes and CD's too. Not many people today still has Cassette Tapes. I even own an LP of The Beatles where they're singing in Japanese. I've only listened to that Album 4 times over the years because I figure it's probably so rare. Of course I file all of my Beatles Albums in the order they originally came out in including any of their British Albums I own too. According to Legend when The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show the very first time on Sunday Night February 9, 1964
from 8-9 PM even the criminals took a break wile they were on The Ed Sullivan Show. But they say there isn't any real proof to back that story up.
There is a Web Site www.thebeatlesbible.com that tells you anything and everything you ever wanted to know about The Beatles.
Where the Albums were on the Charts, the actual date of the release of their Albums, etc. So this might be a great place for you to visit. Of course I still love to sing along to The Beatles songs all the time. I also own a Cook Book
with recipes done to some of The Beatles songs
I was a teenager and the song I recall before Sgt. Pepper was, "I Saw Her Standing There".
I actually liked the Stones better than the Beatles. The Beatles were pretty boys and the Stones were more street toughs. Plus I liked the blues sound that the Stones had. Favorite song "I Can't Get No Satisfaction".
@5 You sound like a true fan! XD
@6 I love the Rolling Stones too, my mom was a huge fan of the Rolling Stones, so while I've been raised with the Fab Four, The Rolling Stones have a pretty special place in my heart too. As well as The Who, Queen and David Bowie. X)
My favourite song of The Rolling Stones is Sympathy For The Devil. I also like Honky Tonk Women, Satisfaction, 19th Nervous Breakdown to name a few others. Of course I also loVE
My favourite song of The Rolling Stones is Sympathy For The Devil. I also like Honky Tonk Women, Satisfaction, 19th Nervous Breakdown to name a few others. Of course I also The Rolling Stones, THE WHO, Petula Clark, Dusty Springfield, The Kinks, The Animals, Herman's Hermits, The Dave Clark Five and everyone else who came over in The British Invasion wave that hit America. I grew up listening to all of them.
I was only seven when the Beatles appeared on Ed Sullivan, my parents were 27 and 28 and we never watched Sullivan so I hardly noticed. Mom’s favorites were the Mills Brothers but Dad liked Phil Harris, and story songs like ‘Mule Train’ and ‘Big John’. That might explain how I became such a fan of Harry Chapin, Roger Miller, and current artists like Todd Snider. Elvis and the Beatles made no impression on me except for the songs “Kentucky Woman’ and ‘Yesterday’ respectively.
There were two instrumentals that I really liked when they came out in the 60s, “Cast Your Fate to the Wind’ and ‘Classical Gas’ Please don’t ask how many decades it took me to realize that ‘Cast Your Fate’ was done by the people that did the music for the Charlie Brown Christmas Special.
My wife, who is almost exactly my age, is the most dedicated Beatles fan I have ever met.
Like a lot of Beatles fans I've always dreamed of going to London and being able to walk across Abbey Road just like John, Ringo, Paul & George did on The Beatles Abbey Road Album cover. Paul walked across in bare feet. Of course whiile I was in London I always wanted to see all the famous Tourist sites too. And the London Book Stores on every corner. I could go crazy browsing through so many different Book Stores. London is definitely my kind of place to work and live. I love the people, hustle and bustle, the shopping, the Restaurants, Victoria & Albert Museum.
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