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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

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — “A good song is ageless,” her husband added. “How many people have covered the Beatles’ songs? A good song is a good song. Are you going to be listening to the stuff that’s popular now in 50 years? I don’t think they’re going to be listening to Justin Bieber in 50 years, but 50 years from now, they’re still going to be listening to the Beatles.”

The Ed Sullivan experience: • "I realized that kids everywhere go for the same stuff; and seeing as we'd done it in England, there's no reason why we couldn't do it in America, too." -- John Lennon • "Imagine the thrill for us going on the Ed Sullivan Show, especially when they told us it was the biggest show ever." -- Paul McCartney • "I've heard that while the show was on there were no reported crimes, or very few. When the Beatles were on Ed Sullivan, even the criminals had a rest for 10 minutes." -- George Harrison • "We went to Central Park in a horse-drawn carriage. We had this huge suite of rooms at The Plaza Hotel, with a TV in each room and we had radios with earpieces. This was too far out." -- Ringo Starr Around the World • "They look like shaggy Peter Pans." -- Time Magazine • "I like your advance guard. But don't you think they need haircuts?" -- U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, to British Prime Minister Sir Alec Douglas • "The Beatles, Paul, John, George and Ringo have done more for the fall of Communism than any other western institution." -- Artemy Troitsky • "Beethoven and Beatles, Mozart and Michael Jackson, Paganini and Prince -- I like them all." -- Vanessa Mae • "I say in speeches that a plausible mission of artists is to make people appreciate being alive at least a little bit. I am then asked if I know of any artists who pulled that off. I reply, 'The Beatles did." ― Kurt Vonnegut • "I declare that the Beatles are mutants. Prototypes of evolutionary agents sent by God, endowed with a mysterious power to create a new human species, a young race of laughing freemen -- Timothy Leary Did you know? The Beatles' first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show wasn't even their first appearance on the show, really. On the afternoon of Feb. 9, 1964, prior to their "first" Sullivan appearance, the Beatles taped an appearance for a show to be aired two weeks later. In that afternoon appearance before a live audience, the Beatles performed three songs, Twist and Shout, Please Please Me and I Want To Hold Your Hand. Sign Here The Ed Sullivan backstage wall that the Beatles signed on Feb. 9, 1964 -- autographed, from top to bottom, by Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Paul McCartney (referring to himself as "Uncle") and John Lennon, accompanied by the words, "The Beatles Were Here" is expected to garner $1 million when it's sold on April 26 through Dallas-based auction house Heritage Auctions. Influences • "Look, the Beatles invented U2 in so many ways. That would be hard to explain in a sound bite, but it was the first music I heard on the radio." -- Bono • "If it weren't for The Beatles, I would not be a musician. It's as simple as that. From a very young age I became fascinated with their songs, and over the years have drowned myself in the depth of their catalogue. Their groove and their swagger. Their grace and their beauty. Their dark and their light. The Beatles seemed to be capable of anything. They knew no boundaries, and in that freedom they seemed to define what we now know today as 'Rock and Roll.'" -- Dave Grohl • "We were driving through Colorado, we had the radio on, and eight of the Top 10 songs were Beatles songs ... 'I Wanna Hold Your Hand,' all those early ones. They were doing things nobody was doing. Their chords were outrageous, just outrageous, and their harmonies made it all valid. I knew they were pointing the direction of where music had to go." -- Bob Dylan • "The big turning point, really, was the Beatles' influence on American folk music, and then Roger took it to the next step and then along came the Lovin' Spoonful and everybody else." -- Barry McGuire • "The Beatles were the band that made me realize it was possible to make a living as a musician. When I heard and saw the Beatles, I said, 'That's what I want to do.'" -- Billy Joel • "The Beatles were a band, of course, and I loved their music, but they were also a cultural force that made it OK to be different. They didn't look like everyone else and weren't like any other band. Everybody in the band sang, which is why you knew everybody in the band." -- Gene Simmons

Contact editor John D'Onofrio at john.donofrio@lockportjournal.com.

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