I came to the Beatles early . . . .
I was working at Camp Orkila on Orcas Island during the summer of 1963 and heard the Beatles’ “From Me To You” on CKLG (Vancouver B.C.) in August of ’63. I was always a sucker for the falsetto . . . so I took to the song immediately.
By the way, KJR (my hometown Seattle radio station) and other U.S. stations were playing Del Shannon’s version of ‘From You To Me’ . . it never scored high on the national charts.
In the fall, when I got back to Western, at downtown Bellingham record stores (there were two), I came across “She Loves You” on Swan, “From Me To You” and “Please Please Me” on Vee Jay. Capitol Records didn’t, yet, have a clue to what they had. So parent company EMI licensed Beatle tunes to independent U.S. labels. In early 1964 Capitol woke up and released ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ and the rest is unprecedented history.
To this day, I have former college roommates who credit me for discovering the Beatles. Hahaha.
— Tom Sullivan (@sullivanradio) February 9, 2014
Nearly 50 years ago, The Beatles thrilled Seattle
Friday was the 50th anniversary of The Beatles first visit to America. Six months later, they visited Seattle. ● More: KING5.com Seattle
Growing up with The Beatles
My brother was too young and didn’t care.
My parents were too old and didn’t care.
My sister was 12 and I was 10. We cared like crazy.
Before that Sunday night when The Beatles first showed up on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” we knew that what was coming was something else. ● More: HeraldNet.com – Local news
When a Beatle came to town and failed to cause a stir
Not long after settling in southern Illinois in 1963, an ocean from her native England, Louise Harrison Caldwell trudged from one radio station to the next lobbying for airtime for her brother’s quartet. Revered in Britain, the group was virtually unknown in America and her promotion fizzled.
So it was that her “kid brother” George Harrison was able to walk Benton’s streets and jam with a local band when he visited his older sister for two weeks that fall. Five months later, folks in Benton, population 7,000, likely were kicking themselves for not snagging the vacationing Brit’s autograph or photo as proof they saw him standing there. ● More: Nation & World | The Seattle Times
Beatlemania: A Moment In Time Never To Be Repeated
Musical moments that capture the attention of a national audience — and beyond — never seem to be in short supply. Last week, Bruno Mars set a ratings record with 115 million people watching his Super Bowl performance. A few months ago, the talk was about Beyonce’s surprise album. And there’s still discussion of That Miley Moment at the MTV Video Music Awards.
But moments that spark a musical revolution? A dramatic altering of the pop culture landscape? A true moment for historians to analyze? Rare indeed, which is what makes the 50th anniversary of what is considered the start of Beatlemania so remarkable — and so unlikely to happen again. ● More: Celebrities | The Olympian