We grew up with Macca. Ready Steady Go, Thank your Lucky Stars, and here comes “Please Please Me” in 1963. And it all started to change – Uncle Mac would finish the saturday morning programme with a Beatles Song, the trips to America and the return to Heathrow were shown live, a Hard Days Night featured Steptoe (and Pattie for George) and my Grandma took us to Help. Jane Asher was the most beautiful girl in the world and Paul dated her.
Its very hard to describe those times or the impact of those 45 rpms in the green parlaphone sleeves.
Macca came to the Palace eleven years ago, there was some artsy fartsy stuff going on and then the curtain dropped and Paul was standing there with his Hofner base and he ripped into “Hello Goodbye” and the tears rolled gently down my face.
Macca will always get a pass even when he does something as awful as “Kisses on the Bottom”. They once spray painted London with “Clapton is God”…..great idea, wrong person.
My Dear Hedley,
The Beatles woke me up to a whole realm of music. They were for singing along in the car, spending my allowance on 45′s, listening to the transistor every chance I’d get and wishing I was in the audience on the Ed Sullivan show.
Great remembrances, MDH. It IS hard to describe those times or the impact they had on the youth, the culture, the world. Those born after the arrival of The Beatles can’t understand the impact those four had, but it was very real and very profound. Totally agree about “Kisses On The Bottom.” It makes TWGMTR sound like Beethoven. I’m not the biggest Paul fan (I like him better as part of The Beatles), but he’s still managed to put together a pretty impressive catalog of music (understatement!). And I like him so much better now that he’s apparently fired his old hairdresser and is no longer sporting that red/orange mop top (the new wife’s influence?). Kat, did you notice him at the Concert For The Queen where, at times, because of his jowls, he looked exactly like Howdy Doody!
im6, I sent the Beatles a letter inviting them to tea. They didnt come. I was disappointed
One of our neighbours owned Gus Kuhn motors and had connections to EMI. Their daughter Valerie had numerous autographed pictures of the Fab Four in the nehru jackets which were cased in plastic and pinned to her wall.
A friend of mine, Marion and her friend went over to Lennon’s house in Weybridge knocked on the door and he invited them in and signed autographs.
George married Pattie at the Epsom registry office
There was also a signficant regionalization of music and bands