THE BEATLES ON THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW BY EDDIE DEEZEN

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 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.

Be sure to check out more from Eddie at www.eddiedeezen.com, neatorama.com, and give him a like on Facebook.

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.

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THE FIRST BEATLE TO VISIT AMERICA BY EDDIE DEEZEN

TIME FOR A BEATLE STORY THAT YOU MAY NOT HAVE HEARD ABOUT

Here’s a story that’s pretty cool from actor, voice over artist, and writer, Eddie Deezen.  It’s about George Harrison, the first Beatle to visit America.

Jackaboutguitars will be sharing some very cool articles that Eddie has written for www.eddiedeezen.com – “The Official Eddie Deezen Website”.  Many of these articles have also appeared at neatorama.com where Eddie has done many guest posts on a variety of themes.

Eddie_Deezen 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.

Myself, having been bit by the guitar/Beatle bug way back when(see: A LITTLE BIT ABOUT…how the guitar bug bit me BIG TIME) thought I knew a few things about The Beatles.  Compared to Eddie, I know “just a few things” about The Beatles.

As we have just landed into 2014, I find it almost unbelievable that this is the year that celebrates the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles setting foot on the shores of America, along with Beatlemania and the first three appearances of The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show – the venue where most of us caught our first glimpse of The Beatles performing.

Jackaboutguitars.com will also continue to present some of these way cool articles by HUGE BEATLES FAN, Mr. Eddie Deezen in the near future.

Be sure to check out more from Eddie at www.eddiedeezen.com, neatorama.com, and give him a like on FaceBook.

Eddie, a sincere big THANK YOU to you!         –   Jack

 

THE FIRST BEATLE TO VISIT AMERICA BY   EDDIE DEEZEN

1380037470-0 It was mid-September of 1963, fifty years ago.  The Beatles were already the biggest stars in the history of Great Britain and had a number one song with “She Loves You,” as well as having had a #1 album, their debut album Please Please Me.

But after over a full year of steady recording, playing gigs, and touring, the band finally had a few weeks off for a holiday.  John went to Paris with his then-wife Cynthia.  Paul and Ringo took off with their respective girlfriends for a vacation in Greece.  That left George, who went with his older brother Peter to visit their sister Louise in America.  Thus, George Harrison became the first Beatle to visit the U.S. (Ringo had originally planned to go with George, but changed his mind and went on the Greek trip with Paul instead.)

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ANOTHER BEATLE POST? JUST A QUICK ONE BECAUSE… IT WAS THERE

ANOTHER BEATLE POST?  JUST A QUICK ONE BECAUSE… IT WAS THERE

I know, I know.  There are so many almost completed interviews to run, product reviews waiting, sections of the blog needing more material, sections of the blog waiting to become sections as they sit idly by wanting & needing attention so they can just BE – telling of content to come, which will actually be pretty darn cool – when it finally gets finished and posted,  and even a load of hidden gems just waiting to be published once they are secretly placed within the blog where they will only become discovered by accident WHEW!  These things do take time.  Enough.  But another Beatle post?  Just a quick one because … it was there. Now on to the quick post.

 

 IT’S ALL GUITAR RELATED

What’s with all of The Beatles stuff lately?  Well, I did cut my teeth on this music so it’s pretty engrained in my guitar roots.  Please bear with me and keep sending in the ideas and comments and I’ll try to get them posted.  Thanks!

THE BEATLES FREE AS A BIRD – UNRELEASED

FAB GEAR – THE INSTRUMENTS OF THE BEATLES by Bob Mytkowicz

Here’s a really cool article written by a great friend of mine.  BOB MYTKOWICZ is a fine musician with whom I have had the pleasure of playing in a few different bands.  He’s an accomplished guitarist, vocalist, bassist, keyboard player and drummer.  He’s also valued by many as a Beatles Authority.  I believe his trips to Liverpool and London happen at least twice yearly these days.  Here’s an article that Bob did for Guitar Player Magazine and he has also given permission for me to reprint it here for those who want to be in the know about these guitars that played such a huge part in the history of the instrument.  Many thanks, Bob!  – Jack

FAB GEAR – THE INSTRUMENTS OF THE BEATLES by Bob Mytkowicz

The Beatles

I can still see Ed Sullivan standing there saying, “Ladies and gentlemen, the Beatles!”  That’s how seventy three million other people and I were introduced to the Beatles.  Although I was quite young, the Beatles left an indelible impression on me.  John Lennon stood on the right.  In his straddle stance, he bounced slightly to the rhythm and strummed a small black guitar.  George Harrison in the center, almost hidden behind a large double cutaway guitar, concentrated on his playing.  Paul McCartney on the left, the most animated, played a violin-shaped guitar.  The drummer, Ringo Starr, perched on a riser behind, broke into an occasional grin.

 

It is safe to assume that most people see this picture when they envision the Beatles.  Press and photo coverage escalated when world fame struck the Beatles in 1964, and most photos show them playing the same instruments.  The Fab Four did use this same gear for most of their touring years, but they possessed and used much more.  As the Beatles’ studio experience grew, they often tried one of their ever-growing collection of instruments.  Of course they also used other equipment on stage as well. Continue reading FAB GEAR – THE INSTRUMENTS OF THE BEATLES by Bob Mytkowicz