Yea! Yea! Yea!
Man- I'm gettin' old - I remember watchin' the Ed Sullivan shows!
...........which is much better, Mark,
than having watched them on TV, and now -
not being able to remember it.
Yep, I was going to school on West 27th Street,
and walked up to the Plaza Hotel on 59th,
accompanied by most of the people from school.
OK, everybody sing:
We love you Beatles, oh yes we do
We love you Beatles, and we'll be true
When you're not near to us, we're blue
Oh Bee-ee-tuls, we love you.
(See, some of my brain cells are still working!!!)
My parents made me watch the Ed Sullivan that night & it changed my life. I watched the Beatles Anthology 1 Yesterday just to relive that moment in time.cool:
Yes... I remember my grandparents reaction to those "Long Haired boys"...it just made me like them all the more. Then their grandson had the longest hair in the school grade school through High School graduation...
Now what's neat is - we can show our kids the Ed Sullivan shows on DVD! I haven't bought it yet...but I do have it on VHS. I'm a big Beatle collector- and used to hit the Lapido's Beatlefest every year when I lived near Chicago in the eighties.
OOPS, then I shouldn't tell you that I was at the charity performance
at the New York Paramount on September 20, 1964.
In the middle of the first row.
OK....I know that nobody will believe me, so here's the story:
My girlfriend, Pat Fletcher had a cousin who had died of cerebral palsey,
a few years before. She and her family used to volunteer for the annual
telethon that was locally broadcast from New York. (Not to be confused
with the Jerry Lewis telethon.) So she had asked me if I wanted to help out
with the phone pledges. No problem. One day Pat's mom got a call for
"a charity concert" so Pat and I went to the offices to open envelopes,
take out the money, check off the seats of the Paramount's floor plan,
and then address and mail the envelopes to people with their tickets.
I've never been able to figure out, how so many people already knew about
this concert. We just found out about it, when we got to the Cerebral Palsey
offices in Manhatten, to volunteer for them.
When we got there, we realized that the most expensive seats were
the 10th to 50th row, in the center section. The first row seats
(which was actually Row BB) were only $25.00 each. The host and hostess
of the charity concert were those 2 New York City singing sweethearts,
Steve Lawrence and Edie Gorme. They both had recent hit records,
so they were acceptable to the teen-age and under crowd.
For the last act of the show,
they introduced Ed Sullivan, for him to introduce the Beatles.
When he walked out on stage, the place started going crazy....
.....then the Fab Four came out and all hell broke loose....
The flashbulbs of the cameras was something that I'll never forget.
Oh yeah, the Beatles weren't too shabby none, either.
I've got pictures and half a ticket stub(somewhere) to proove it.
Serious respect, girlfriend!
The closest I ever got to the Beatles was by setting foot in the Cavern Club a few years ago - as I once posted on here, it was like being in a sauna in a submarine so I lasted about thirty minutes before I just had to get out of the place!
I respect you very much Grace but can I get off my knees now? My arthritis is killing me - I'm not getting any younger, y'know!
I still have marks, from people throwing those damn jelly beans!!!!
PS....If you read the book, "The Love You Make" by Peter Brown,
he says that this concert took place at the BROOKLYN Paramount.
Sorry, Peter, but it was the Mahatten Paramount, located on the
west side of Times Square, by the Astor Hotel. (Both long ago demolished.)