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.
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.
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.