Wednesday, February 08, 2006

THOSE LONG-HAIRED BOYS FROM ENGLAND


Thanks to my internet buddy Phil from North Carolina who reminded me that 42 years ago this week, The Beatles made their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

February 9, 1964.

I was in 5th grade.

My first reaction was surprise that they were white. They'd been playing "I Saw Her Standing There" and "I Want to Hold Your Hand" a lot on WKY in OKC and I just assumed they were a black R&B band.

When they did "All My Loving," I knew in my heart they were immortal.

(Anyone remember the guy who did card tricks who followed them on Ed Sullivan? I didn't either until I bought the DVD a couple of years ago. His name was Fred Kaps. Poor bastard!)

At school the next day the Beatles were all anyone talked about.

My grandfather became extremely fascinated with them. For the next few months any time a friend would come over he's say "What do you think of those long-haired boys from England?"

I was a little disappointed though the next week when "I Want to Hold Your Hand" knocked The Trashmen's "Surfin' Bird" off the number one spot on WKY's Top 50. The Trashmen were shortchanged, just like the card-trick guy.

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