FIFTY YEARS SINCE THE BEATLES CONQUERED AMERICA AND CHANGED ROCK MUSIC FOREVER
Who can believe that this week marks the fiftieth anniversary of The Beatles arriving in America? That’s an event that doesn’t really mean too much to those who weren’t born at the time or were too young to even know that it was going on. To those who were around at the time and old enough to remember, it was an event of huge significance. It was music history in the making. I’m thankful I have a couple of great older brothers who knew exactly what was happening or I would have probably missed it. Thanks Al & Ger!
Just as people remember where they were when JFK was shot, or what they might have been doing when the horror of 911 revealed itself, The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show was one of those few moments that really made that same sort of impression on a person’s memory.
The great thing about this event was that it was a pleasant entertaining spot of time with no sadness whatsoever as wasn’t the case concerning the other two events mentioned. I even remember reading that criminal activity in New York City had come to a halt during this first broadcast of The Beatles performing on The Ed Sullivan Show as some 73 million people tuned in.
In honor of this fiftieth anniversary of the beginning of the British Invasion, Jackaboutguitars is pleased to present another GREAT article from one of the biggest Beatles fans on the planet!
Now, here’s another cool Beatles story from actor, voice over artist, and writer, Eddie Deezen.
As time and space permit, Jackaboutguitars will continue to share some very cool articles on The Beatles during this fiftieth anniversary celebration year of The Beatles conquering America that Eddie has written for www.eddiedeezen.com – “The Official Eddie Deezen Website” and for neatorama.com where Eddie has done many way cool guest posts on The Beatles and a variety of other people and subjects.
Eddie Deezen is a character actor who is best known for his acting roles in Grease, Grease 2, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Surf II: The End of The Trilogy, 1941, Zapped!, WarGames, Disney’s Midnight Madness, and Punky Brewster, to name a few, as well as the voice of characters Lenny The Know It All in The Polar Express, Mandark in Dexter’s Laboratory on The Cartoon Network, Ned in Kim Possible, and Snipes The Magpie in Rock-A-Doodle.
Besides all of his Hollywood credits from being a talented character and voice actor, Eddie Deezen is a HUGE BEATLES FAN! His Beatles knowledge is nothing short of amazing.
Once again, Eddie, a very sincere big THANK YOU! - Jack
THE BEATLES ON THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW BY EDDIE DEEZEN
On February 9, 1964, The Beatles made their American television debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. (For those of you unfamiliar, The Ed Sullivan Show was a hugely popular, legendary variety show which ran in America from 1948 to 1973. If you can imagine American Idol or Dancing with the Stars, and multiply it times 20, that was how popular The Ed Sullivan Show was in the 1960s. Pretty much everyone watched the show.
The Beatles had been seen in clips and recorded interviews before this, but this was their actual performance debut on U.S. television. The show was watched by an all-time record (at the time) of 73,000,000 people. The show remains a landmark in television history and is an indelible memory to any of us who watched the historic performance.
The show is, quite possibly, the single most important moment in the history of rock and roll. Like September 11, 2001 or the day President Kennedy was assassinated, no one who witnessed this show will ever forget where he or she was at the time.