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February 9, 2014

50 Years Ago Today YEAH, YEAH, YEAH!

We could never be the same after Sunday, Feb. 9, 1964


Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Moments later, after autographing the backstage wall of the Sullivan theater, the smiling, bowing Beatles returned to sing “I Saw Her Standing There,” and finally, their Number One song in the country at the time, “I Want To Hold Your Hand.”

Like “She Loves You,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand” was a simple song with simple lyrics and simple licks, but it was a live TV show and the Beatles were brilliant, showcasing throughout their five-song set their most appealing qualities: a unique sound, endless harmonies, freshness and most importantly, fun.

“I was 6 years old and I remember watching it,” Lockport Mayor Michael Tucker said. “The Beatles changed everything, especially American music. It really was an amazing time and certainly they were the beginning of it all.”

Not to be underestimated was the fact that the night was therapy for a grieving nation, barely two months after the sting of President John Kennedy’s assassination. There was a somberness that could still be felt throughout the country.

“The Beatles were so different. They looked different and sounded different and there was one for everybody to pick as their favorite. Some had a crush on John, others had a crush on Paul. They were so interesting,” said Trish McWhorter, who went on to found the Buffalo Chapter of the Beatles Fan Club with her friend, Nancy.

“It was an amazing performance. I sat in the living room and cried along with all the screaming girls,” she said.

Trish’s husband, Kirk, a musician, recording engineer and producer, said his mother turned him on to a lot of great musical acts when he was a young boy, including Elvis Presley and the Beatles.

“The Beatles influenced everything and everybody listening,” Kirk said. “As I got older, I really started to appreciate what they did. You go back and listen to Sgt. Pepper and to think that it was recorded on four tracks is mind blowing.”

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