Friday, August 29, 2008

The British Have Invaded the USA-1964!

Who was your FAVORITE BEATLE?!!!!
George, John, Paul or Ringo?

I am almost screaming this as I write it! Remember how exciting it was when the Beatles came to America! We could hardly sleep and when we did, we were dreaming of them! Remember the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 live from New York where they were first introduced? My cousin Suzi has pictures of it, yes with her little Brownie camera she snapped black & white photos of the TV screen during the show! What a hoot! When I was 12 years old the movie "Hard Days Night" (their first movie) was playing at a local theater in my hometown, where my cousin and I went to see it! The theater was FILLED with screaming girls and of course I was one of them! I had to be taken out of the theater by an usher and taken to the street outside to catch my breath! My heart was hurting and I couldn't breath! Such emotions for a little girl but those Beatles knew how to pull at a girls heartstrings!

My cousin loved Ringo and had EVERYTHING that was "Ringo"! Her collection was large and expensive! The day Ringo got married she had me come over to help her "trash" everything that she collected of him! She sobbed with each poster she ripped off the wall and each item, one by one she threw into the trash! Her heart was broken! I am sure she wishes she could have all that stuff back because she would be a rich woman today! LOL!

My favorite song at 12 years old was...
"I Want to Hold Your Hand"!
Anyhoo, my FAVORITE BEATLE was PAUL! Dreamy PAUL! My teenage years wouldn't have been the same without the Beatles, Beach Boys and friends! XO XO XO XO
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26 comments:

Diane of Crafty Passions said...

I use to have a fan club for them in my home town!!
My fav was Ringo!!
That sure brings back memories for me!!

ellen b. said...

I remember sitting on the living room floor watching that Ed Sullivan show. So exciting. I was in 7th grade. I think my favorite was Ringo but I can't really be sure. I know so many of their early songs by heart...

Margie said...

I was only 2 when the Beatles were on the Ed Sullivan show, so I wasn't a fan until the 70s! But I know alot of their older songs. Paul was always my favorite! I followed him through Wings and beyond!

Anne Fannie said...

Ok Maryjane, this really makes us show our age! I loved the Beatles! I had all their records (45s of course) My favorite was Ringo. I remember one Halloween I combed my hair forward and dressed up in my brother's clothes and was Ringo for Halloween! I loved the Ed Sullivan Show and I remember watching it with my Grandmother. I also remember screaming at watching Hard Days Night at the movie theater and I got hoarse and lost my voice and my father shook his head in discuss at me. I will never forget that...
Love, Ann

Mimi Sue said...

We must be about the same age. I was 12 in 1964. Loved the Beatles, didn't everybody? I have the same memories only lived in Calif. at the time. Ed Sullivan, Sunday night, bowl of popcorn, in our jammies, hair in brush rollers, slept on them all night. Ouch. It's funny how our lives kind of parallel.

Cottage Rose said...

Ahhhh such wonderful memories, I am huge fan of John and always will be. His songs are so wonderful and have such great meaning. I remember watching the movie also,but it was on tv. My brothers got their hair cut like the Beatles and the boots, they looked so funny back then. but it was a cool look for the all the guys then.
Have a wonderful holiday weekend.
hugs;
Alaura

The Vintage Housewife... said...

OOH MARYJANE WHAT A WONDERFUL MEMORY...I LOVE THE BEATLES!! MY WHOLE CHILDHOOD WAS THE BEATLES...MY LIL' CHICK WHO IS 11 LISTENS TO THEM DAILY...ABOUT A YEAR AGO WE SAW THE FAB 4 IN MURRIETA...NOT AS GOOD BUT OOOH MY LIL' ONES LOVED IT...WHAT A SMILE YOU PUT ON MY FACE WITH YOUR MEMORY...OH I WISH I HAD AS GOOD AS A STORY AS YOURS...WHAT A TREASURE...CAT

Nikki via The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

Oh how funny about your cousin, and what a shame, lol!

I like them all together, and I also like their individual music. They're great no matter how you slice em.

I'll never forget when John was shot and feeling bad for my dad who loved the Beatles, (Mind you I was eight!)and how I cried hard to the song "Once there was a way to get back homeward"....I still get choked up when I hear it. I love Abby Road!

Cori G. said...

Hi Maryjane,
How are you doing over there in M? Has it been hot? We're starting to cool down thankfully.
My favorite Beatle was Mickey Dolenze...oh he was a monkey wasn't he? I think my favorite song was "Hard days Night." Something about sleeping like a dog really appealed to me, but I was about 6 and enjoyed afternoon naps :).
Have a wonderful weekend.
XO Cori G.

dana said...

Oh, yes, mine was Paul, too! He was a doll in his youth! Well, I was better looking, too, back then! I recall being a Fr. in HS and riding in the Pep Sqaud bus--and singing I Wanta Hold you Hand! What a fun time. Yep, I watched Ed Sullivan show, too. How smart of your cousin to take a photo of the B/W tv as the Beatles were making their USA debut!

GRAMS said...

ohhh baby, Paul all the way!! I love the Beatles so much and when my boys were little they had the haircuts.
Silly huh. I love your link to the Church with the Savior's picture. How did you do that? Have a great Sunday tomorrow. Love Janis

Lorilee said...

I wasn't born until late 1965, but I did have the red and blue Beatles Greatest Hits albums! My first favorite song (around 4 years old) was Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head, by B.J. Thomas! I still like it! In fact, it is on my playlist for my blog!
Blessings,
Lorilee

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

I'm afraid I was still about young when the Beatles were still together and wasn't all that impressed. I thought the girls screaming were funny, and I actually remember watching them on the Ed Sullivan show and my teddy bear and I were screaming too just for fun until my mom made me shut up, lol. I realize now that SHE was the one wanting to watch the Beatles! It wasn't until I was an adult that I came to love them and their influence.

As a young teen, I was more impressed with the Monkees and then the Rolling Stones, and eventually Alice Cooper. Well, as you can see, my musical tastes veered a little rougher. I am still a metalhead, lol. But oh, I sure do love the Beatles songs!

I vividly remember the night John Lennon was murdered. It was the eve of my due date for my daughter. Sad also that George passed away in the last few years. They seemed immortal! Paul remains handsome and a class act, even through the viciousness of his divorce.

Kady

kari and kijsa said...

Thank you for all your prayers and blessings!
Have a wonderful Labor Day,
kari & kijsa

Lisa said...

You really are so much fun!! I don't know if I can pick a favorite. I like them all for different reasons, but probably Paul or Ringo are neck and neck. Come by for a visit when you get time, I have an award for you!!!

Aunt Jenny said...

Paul was my favorite for sure. I was in Kindergarten when they were on the Ed Sullivan show though, don't remember it. I do remember being on the swings at the elementary school I went to in 4th grade singing Hey Jude at the top of my lungs with my little friends though...good times. I think I was a young teen more in the David Cassidy/Bobby Sherman years. I still love to hear Paul sing though....he never lost it!!
Thanks for the memories!

Beverly said...

Oh, it was Paul McCartney for me. I remember sitting in my little rocking chair in front of our black and white on that night when they were first on Ed Sullivan! The Beatles were an integral part of my childhood and adolescence!!

The Vintage Kitten said...

Ive been a huge fan of the Beatles since I was small, even though they split the year I was born. I used to listen to all of my dads LP's. He played the guitar and sang in bands from the 1960's - 1980's. During the very early days before the Beatles became huge when they performed in our hometown (UK) my dad chatted to George Harrison about playing the guitar. I was always a John Lennon fan and I was devastated when he died even though I was only 10yrs old. I cant listen to the song Imagine it makes me cry

Edie Marie's Attic said...

My favorite was Ringo! I saw them the first time on the Ed Sullivan show and thought they were sooo COOL! Wow, what memories. Everything was Beatles at that time!
Thanks for the memories!
Hugs, Sherry

Eli from England said...

Hi Maryjane, Great memories. I was a huge fan and Paul was my fave. I live England and actually won a competion to meet the fab four on the film set of their second film 'Help'. I was 16 and was I scared! I spent the day with them and what a day it was! All lovely lads.

Julie said...

Who? The what?

No! I'm just kidding!!!!

I like all but John. I love that George became a Christian before he passed away and seemed to be such a sweet, quiet man. Ringo seems like a sweet, funny man and loves his wife much. Paul writes and sings the some of the most beautiful music and from what I've read, was a very devoted husband to his Linda.

Many Blessings,
Julie

Charli and me said...

Oh my gosh you brought back so many memories for me. When they first came out my favorite was Ringo but later it was John.

Carolann said...

Oh! What memories, When the Beetles came to the USA my sister and I were teenie boppers and did we love them. We used to get the cards in bubble gum packages like the baseball cards. We would cut their faces out and glue them to our fingernails. We did get to see a concert in Boston. How we managed to talk our parents into I can't remember. My favorite was Paul at the time.

isabella said...

wow, reading all of these comments makes me jelous i was born in 1996! my favorite is george, because he is just the quiet one, but i love them all! well, i love all of their music, and i like here comes the sun and ticket to ride. well, i have to go, i just got the album Please Please Me for christmas and i am going to go listen to it!

Beehive Cottage said...

Oh...my...goodness! Everything in your post is exactly my same Beatles experience. From Ed Sullivan right down to "A Hard Day's Night" at the local movie theater. The only exception is that John was my Fave. I love memories.

Smiles, Debbie

Kay @ The Rustic Cottage said...

I loved the Beatles! I was in 6th grade and so in love with Paul. I even wanted to change my name to Paula! I wrote that name on my papers and the teacher got upset with me! I remember watching them on the Ed Sullivan show and absolutely drooling! Thanks for a great trip back in time.