Things He Said Today
By Joe Johnson
Welcome to another Beatle Brunch newsletter. I hope the New Year has been Fab for you so far. For our Brunchers, we’re finalizing and tweaking our newly merged and redesigned website, incorporating our classic Beatle Brunch site, with the Beatle Brunch Club, so that members only have to go one place to click onto their favorite parts of Beatlemania. It’s been a long time, now we’re coming back home!
As we enter the month of February, did you know that it’s quite possibly THE most important month in Beatles history? Just take note of some of what important Beatle events took place in Fab-uarys past:
We all know that the first week of February 1964, “I Want to Hold Your Hand” was the number one record in the country. A few days later, February 7th, The Beatles landed at Kennedy airport and kicked off screaming Beatlemania that was unparalleled in the universe at that time. Two days later, they set a record for television viewership, with 73 million people watching their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, which we’re featuring this week.
On February 8th, 1958 Paul introduces George to John where they played together later that night as The Quarrymen, then two weeks later, George turned 15! Imagine!
In February of ’63, The Beatles release their first single in America, “Please Please Me”, on the 11th, they recorded the entire album in just one day. Exactly one year later, they played their first official concert on U.S. soil, in Washington, DC.
Some of the more important songs recorded in Februarys (OK, they’re all important!), besides the “Please Please Me” album, were “A Day in the Life”, “Sgt Pepper” and “Lady Madonna”. “She Loves You” goes Gold in ’63, and “Yellow Submarine” got its Gold in February of ’68. A year later, the Boys begin work on the “Help!” soundtrack of songs, and then three years later, seem to give it all up for a cleansing trip to India, returning with 40 new songs to record, and of course, they won nearly all of their Grammys, together and solo, usually in Februarys past. Oh, and in a few days, Paul’s new CD, “Kisses on the Bottom” will be on top, we hope, as he performs at this year’s Grammys show.
So you see, I could take up your entire computer screen with Fab Febuary events in Beatle history, but, you can’t do that, however I CAN encourage you to listen the weekend of February 18th, when we highlight Fab-uarys in Beatle history.
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Happy February Fab Friends!