The Beatles first album, “Please Please Me” was released in March of 1963. From that moment on, music would never be the same. Millions of fans called in to radio stations requesting to hear more and more of their music.
Their albums sold like hotcakes and in no time at all, they were known worldwide. I had a small transistor radio and I remember listening every waking hour that I wasn’t at school for any of their songs off of the new album.
Everyone at my school was talking about them and soon the boys started sporting “Beatle haircuts” and “Beatle boots.”
In November of 1963, their second album “With the Beatles” was released. It included hits “All My Loving” and Please Mr. Postman.” They recorded two more albums and then came the announcement every Beatles fan was waiting for. Ed Sullivan had booked the band on his show. I was so excited and couldn’t wait for the day to come to see my favorite band on TV.
On Sun., Feb. 9, at 7 p.m., I was glued in front of our old black and white television screen. Nothing short of the “Rapture” could have torn me away from watching that night.
I remember Mr. Sullivan saying “We have a really big show tonight.” Then he proceeded to announce the other acts and when he mentioned “The Beatles” the audience erupted with screams of joy. After the brief commercial interruption, Mr. Sullivan appeared and said “Ladies and gentlemen, The Beatles! Let’s bring them on.” John, Paul, George and Ringo came on and opened up with “All My Loving” followed by “Till There Was You.” They closed the first set with “She Loves You” followed by commercials.
The hour long show ended with the band singing two more hits, “I Saw Her Standing There” and my favorite at the time, “I Want To Hold Your Hand.” The show had a record 73 million viewers that night. It had an unheard of 45.3 share meaning that 45.3 of all households with televisions were watching that night and I was one of them! I will always remember this night as long as I live.
I never got to see the “Beatles” live. Now John and George are gone and with them, all hopes of a reunion are too. However, I can see the next best thing, “Rain” A tribute to The Beatles! God bless Y’all and have a great week!