The Beatles: Not Quite 50 Years of Memories

The Beatles: Not Quite 50 Years of Memories

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This is the 50th anniversary since the Beatles came to America and appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show. This is a big part of our history. The image of teenage girls screaming as The Beatles exited the plane at JFK and in the audience at the Ed Sullivan Theater are etched in our collective memories no matter how old we are. However, even though I was alive when all this happened, I was too young to remember any of it, except from the pictures and videos that we’ve all seen.

The Beatles 50 Years

The Beatles as they arrive in NYC 1964

Being the oldest child, I didn’t learn about music and trends as quickly as those with older siblings (maybe that is why it became so important to me to keep up with pop culture). By the time I started learning about The Beatles, they were already moving on to their more complex music, and I just wanted to listen to their early sweet love songs.  My favorite as a young girl were:

  • Do You Want to Know a Secret
  • She Loves You
  • It Won’t Be Long
  • All My Loving
  • If I Fell
  • I Should Have Known Better

Here is a video of The Beatles on their first visit on The Ed Sullivan Show, singing one on my favorite songs, All My Loving:

I remember having an older friend ask me who I liked better, John or Paul? Nobody ever asked about George or Ringo. This was before I even had my first crush, but I said Paul because he looked safer.

I remember going to one of The Beatles movies with a friend. I really don’t remember which movie it was or anything about it, but it is an early Beatles memory. As a Baby Boomer I feel like the Beatles should have been a bigger part of my past.

Finally, I reached the point where I really started to get into rock music and began buying albums. Of course, that year was 1970, The Beatles had just released Let It Be and then broke up. I’m not sure why, but at the time I didn’t buy all their old albums that I missed out on.

The Beatles 50 years

Instead I started following the individual careers of John, Paul and George. My favorite ex-Beatles album had to be All Things Must Pass by George Harrison. I was a fan of Paul McCartney and his new band Wings. My favorite song of theirs was and still is Maybe I’m Amazed.  And, of course, Imagine by John Lennon will forever be a classic.

Eventually, I began buying The Beatles music on CDs and once it was available, The Beatles songs on iTunes. As my sons got older they became Beatles fans and my knowledge and appreciation of The Beatles grew even more. I remember going on a family ski trip to Vermont and we all listened to The White Album in the car over and over.

I’ll still never have that memory of The Beatles arriving in the U.S. and appearing on Ed Sullivan, but I will watch the CBS Beatles 50th Anniversary special on Sunday night. And as I did with the ski trip with my kids, I continue to make new Beatles memories all the time.

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  1. The Beatles are one great band there music will live on for years. My kids like them too.

  2. Wow! Almost 50 years! I always loved the Beatles as I was growing up too. The upbeat, sweet songs you listed are the same ones I liked as a kid.

  3. haha look at those baby faces! How time flies.

  4. Those faces are just too cute! I love the Beatles!

  5. The Beatles FILLED my childhood, even though I was mostly past their prime. My mom was a fan, and so we listened to them a lot. I know all of their songs. I really can’t believe they’re celebrating 50 years!

  6. I was only five when they came to the US. What an amazingly talented group of men. That reminds me, I need to visit itunes and download a couple albums worth. There are too many favorites to list them all.

  7. I love the Beatles, too! My husband and I actually visited Liverpool on our honeymoon, and plan on going back when our son (Maxwell) is older. 🙂

  8. I”m a younger Boomer, too. So I have no memories of the Beatles until I started listening to their songs in the 1970s. Thanks for the list of songs. Those are great. I’ll have to give them a listen to today.

  9. Helene Cohen Bludman :

    I am very sentimental about the Beatles, not just because of their amazing music. They represent my childhood, such an innocent and happy time. All good memories.

  10. I’ll be watching CBS’ special, too, for the same reason you are.

  11. It doesn’t matter how old you were when you liked the Beatles. Music is personal and forgiving, and there for us all to enjoy whenever we want to. We are blessed to have had The Beatles be a part of our lives. They will live on forever.


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