Musical palate cleanser, it was 50 years ago today edition

One day several decades back, some longhaired Brits stepped off a plane in New York City.  The rest is history.

Without any further ado, here are the Beatles first three appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show:

America sank to its knees in awe.  And, yes, I remember when this happened.  (My mom wouldn’t let me go see The Beatles when they came to Atlanta, damn it.)  I am old.


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56 responses to “Musical palate cleanser, it was 50 years ago today edition

  1. Russ

    I’ve been re listening to some of my old Beatles and “I saw her standing there” from “Please Please Me” was one of the best debut songs ever, right up there with “Good Times, Bad Times” from Led Zeppelin 1. And to think 2 years later they had “Tomorrow Never Knows”, 4 years later “Sgt. Peppers” and gone in 7. Amazing work and creativity.

    • It’s hard for people to appreciate how seminal a deal A Hard Day’s Night was. The album was the first by a major pop act that was entirely self-penned. And there’s no telling how many bands the movie inspired.

      • John McC

        The movie holds up as well as the music. I introduced it to my kids a couple of years ago, when my daughter was only 8 or 9, and it became one of her favorites.

  2. W Cobb Dawg

    Kids today don’t know the British invaded us in the 60’s!

  3. Scorpio Jones, III

    I am sure this will start a flame-out, but Bryan Epstein was the major talent here.

  4. Saw the Beatles live at DC Stadium in August 1966. Changed my life.

  5. I forgot about the boots they wore. I had a pair.

  6. Spike

    What does any of this have to do with the Dawgs?

  7. I Wanna Red Cup

    And to think everyone thought their hair was so long. Right after I saw them on the Ed Sullivan show I let my flat top grow out. Broke my mother’s heart as she had cut my hair until then.

    • There is an art to cutting the flat top. My boys use to wear them when they played soccer. They played together and were quite serious about their look. When they were in HS they wanted long hair. My brother in law reprimanded me about it once. Said they were going to become undisciplined. I just laughed that off. When they got to college they wanted wore a buzz cut. I don’t get it?

  8. David K

    So, Beard is back but has JHC’s Dawg career ended?

  9. Will Trane

    Superb comments by WCobbDawg and Twistification! In the book Outliers there are a few pages devoted to them and the time this group spent in clubs building their craft. Remember listening to them in Reed Hall and looking down into Sanford Stadium. Love music and UGA!

  10. Ahhhh, while I was on my knees with the rest of the nation, I was pining for George. In the minority, I know, but I am an unabashed CMR lover, too. Ha!

  11. Beer Money

    Anybody know whatever became of Clarance and his saxophone? John Lennon sabotaged him you know.

  12. Gravidy

    I see this post has hauled out the older section of the commenters and left out the whippersnappers. 🙂

    • Dawgfan Will

      I thought I was still a whippersnapper, but after reading this comment thread, I think I may belong to those whose whip has snapped.

    • dudetheplayer

      I’m 26, and the Beatles have been my favorite band for years. I imagine there are still many out there like myself that appreciate the fact that they were and always will be the best.

  13. Gravidy

    I guess it should have hit me before now, but looking at that clip made me realize the Beatles had Bama bangs.

  14. Billy Mumphrey

    Don’t worry Senator, my father was at the Beatles’ Atlanta show in ’65 and said it sucked and you couldn’t hear shit. He ended up being more of a Stones man anyway.

    • 81Dog

      I’m surprised the Senator’s mom wouldn’t let him go see the Beatles in 65 in Atlanta. Wasn’t he about 30 by then?😉 I hear he was the model for the Chaz character in The Wedding Crashers (but he doesn’t really care for meatloaf that much)

  15. Curly

    A few thoughts: During the War of 1812, the British burned down the US Capitol. The only battle the US won was after the war ended,,,, at New Orleans. I, too, was, and am, a Rolling Stones fan, but the Beatles body of work is unsurpassed in respect to the the incredible volume of work they produced in such a short time.

    • hey to goober

      What … I thought the Revolution ended with the “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” at Concord Bridge! You mean there was more? Oh, yeah, they didn’t sign the Independence thing until the next year … it was over then, though, right?