Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Fayette | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Warren | Webster
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

Beatlemania Americana Style in Its 50th Year

theedsullivanshow copyKENTUCKY (2/10/14) ― Fifty years ago, four young musicians from Liverpool, known as the Beatles, took America by storm, and set new standards of music for generations to come.

When the "fab four" landed at the John F. Kennedy International Airport on Feb. 7, 1964, two days before their performance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” little did they know, before their plane touched American soil, the first shrieks of Beatlemania were already sweeping across the nation.

With rag mop hairdos and guitars, thousands of delirious teen-aged girls chanted “we want beatniks,” the fab four were shocked into momentary immobility as they left the plane to face the American mob.

With just enough recovery time, they were able to wave, smile and dance a jig for their gasping audience.

On Feb. 9, the four mop-topped entertainers arrived at the Ed Sullivan Show for their first two dress rehearsals in front of full hysterical audience.

With their own string and percussion instruments, plugged in behind a curtain, they exchanged relaxed, easy grins, as Ed Sullivan wandered onstage.

Camera crews loaded shots of the audience of young girls screaming, leaping from their seats and throwing their arms in the air.

That evening, during the performance, they sang in perfect harmony, stomped their feet with their electric guitars and swooned the ladies in their tight black suits and long hair.

The same night, an unheard of 60 percent of American TVs were tuned to CBS to watch the fab four on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Everyone wanted to have a look at the source of all the chaos.

The audience in the living rooms may have been split down the middle, but the makeup at the studio belonged to the Beatles.

The phenomenon unfolded in living rooms across the country, the viewing audience estimated 74 million people, reflecting a total of 23.24 million homes.

Even after half a century, the Beatles commercial success commenced an instant wave of changes with how music is perceived.

The group continues to be celebrated for its cultural impact and innovation.

John, Paul, Ringo and George are credited with shifting pop music from buoyant schoolboy love songs to world anthems of peace and community.

Amber Averitt
SurfKY News Reporter

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

Posted on 2/2/14
Genovese - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=35646&sub= Lewis - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=bracken_lewis Holt - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=drholt Napier - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=dr.napier_page Newman - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=50353
Genovese - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=35646&sub= Lewis - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=bracken_lewis Holt - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=drholt Napier - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=dr.napier_page Newman - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=50353
Posted on 1/31/2014
2/6/2014 - posted
Genovese - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=35646&sub= Lewis - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=bracken_lewis Holt - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=drholt Napier - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=dr.napier_page Newman - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=50353
Genovese - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=35646&sub= Lewis - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=bracken_lewis Holt - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=drholt Napier - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=dr.napier_page Newman - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=50353
Posted on 1/31/2014
2/6/2014 - posted
Genovese - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=35646&sub= Lewis - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=bracken_lewis Holt - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=drholt Napier - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=dr.napier_page Newman - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=50353
Genovese - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=35646&sub= Lewis - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=bracken_lewis Holt - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=drholt Napier - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=dr.napier_page Newman - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=50353
Posted on 1/31/2014
2/6/2014 - posted

In Other News...

ODC 14-Year-Olds Win West State, Move on to Super Regionals

OWENSBORO, Ky. (7/21/14) — The Owensboro-Daviess County 14-year-old All-Stars downed Logan County 6-2 in the… Read More

KSP Seeking Escaped Inmate

CHRISTIAN COUNTY, Ky. (7/21/14) — On Saturday, July 19, 2014, at approximately 11:30 p.m., the Kentucky State Police… Read More
Genovese - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=35646&sub= Lewis - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=bracken_lewis Holt - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=drholt Napier - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=dr.napier_page Newman - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=50353
Genovese - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=35646&sub= Lewis - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=bracken_lewis Holt - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=drholt Napier - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=dr.napier_page Newman - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=50353
Posted on 1/31/2014
2/6/2014 - posted

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

July 18, 2014 2840

Madisonville Man Arrested for Meth in…

in Top Stories by Sheriff Curtis McGehee
July 18, 2014 1928

Hopkins County Health Department Food…

in News by Lisa Miller
July 18, 2014 1790

K9 Unit Helps Find Meth in Muhlenberg…

in Top Stories by Sheriff Curtis McGehee
July 18, 2014 1707

Man Injured in Depoy Accident

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
July 21, 2014 1630

Five Sent to Hospital After Two-Vehicle…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

July 18, 2014 2840

Madisonville Man Arrested for Meth in…

in Top Stories by Sheriff Curtis McGehee
July 19, 2014 973

Local Hip-Hop Artist, Marack, Talks About…

in Top Stories by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
July 21, 2014 844

Three Injured in Three-Vehicle Collision…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
July 19, 2014 786

Riddle Insurance Inaugural Flight

in Top Stories by Ron Sanders
July 21, 2014 721

Madisonville Fire Chief Announces…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

July 18, 2014 1527

Owensboro Police Department Reports…

in News by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News
July 21, 2014 624

Portion of Southeastern Parkway Closed…

in News by Beth Cecil
July 18, 2014 401

Owensboro Begins Year-Long, Long Range…

in Top Stories by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News
July 21, 2014 361

Strahan Selected as Cravens Elementary…

in Top Stories by Julie Ellis
July 21, 2014 176

ODC 14-Year-Olds Win West State, Move on…

in Top Stories by Steve LeMaster

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

July 18, 2014 1790

K9 Unit Helps Find Meth in Muhlenberg…

in Top Stories by Sheriff Curtis McGehee
July 18, 2014 1707

Man Injured in Depoy Accident

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
July 21, 2014 1630

Five Sent to Hospital After Two-Vehicle…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
July 18, 2014 1284

From New York to Greenville, Iron Beam…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 19, 2014 1210

Cash Mob Descends on Muhlenberg…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)

SurfKY Owensboro News Bureau
920 Frederica St. / Suite 210  •  Owensboro, KY 42301  •  270.683-8060 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 06social 21social 22social 04social 03