Although I was only five at the time the Beatles played on the Ed Sullivan show, I already knew who they were. That’s because my big sister was eight. Admittedly, I had no idea what the big deal was and at the time the only song I knew of theirs was She Loves You, yeah, yeah, yeah.
But by the end of 1964, my sister and I were dancing and singing to the Beatles ’65 album on my parents stereo. Yes, stereo, because my dad was an audiophile even before stereo was available. We had AR speakers, a pro turntable and reel-to-reel tape deck to fill the house with every genre of music imaginable.
In the late 60’s Dad built an amplifier/tuner from a Heathkit. Of course he preferred classical recordings like the William Tell Overture and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture to the Beatles, Monkees or even my mom’s collections that included the Broadway musical’s South Pacific, Oklahoma and The Sound of Music. But his extremely high audio standards was a benefit to us because he sampled speakers before he bought them by testing out the sound quality to the cannons in the 1812 Overture. If the stereo sounded great when those cannons boomed, imagine what the Beatles “I Feel Fine” sounded like. Of course some credit must be given to the Beatles genius record producer George Martin.
Back then, all the girls liked Paul so I liked Ringo (of course – he was the drummer). We would listen to Beatle albums endlessly and my sister to this day, has a great collection of the Beatles on vinyl. We grew up alongside all the phases of their music and of course followed the tv coverage of the Paul is dead “hearings.”
I remember crying my eyes out when in 1969 they announced their break up. How could they do that to us? 🙂
Anyway, In the late 70’s I very much enjoyed seeing Beatlemania on Broadway in spite of my expectation that I could never like a fake substitute. Geesh, “Paul” didn’t even play left-handed!
It’s hard to decide which Beatle tunes I want them to play, but here is my set list:
I’ll Follow the Sun
And Your Bird Can Sing
You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away
The Night Before
Tell Me Why
She Said She Said
Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite
Here Comes the Sun
Two of Us
Let it Be
Any Beatles fans out there?