Living Well 60+ January-February 2014 - Page 26

26 JAN/FEB 2014 room that night, Sullivan immediately proceeded to book the band for his show. 50 Years Ago... Beatles Appear on Ed Sullivan Show English band sparks musical revolution by Jamie Lober, Staff Writer Feb. 9, 1964 turned out to be a historic day. More than 73 million people across the country were glued to their TV sets that evening. They had been waiting all week for this moment. It was a phenomenon that had to be seen to be believed. The Beatles – John Lennon, Ringo Starr, George Harrison and Paul McCartney –were going to be on the popular music-variety program, The Ed Sullivan Show. During the time leading up to their performance, the Beatles, hailing from England, had a few records that hit No. 1 on the U.S. music charts, and radios across the country were blaring their tunes. Suddenly everyone had a case of “Beatlemania.” The excitement for and interest in the Beatles’ appearance had not been seen since Elvis Presley went on the same show in 1956. Dressed in suits and sporting mop top haircuts, the Beatles played “All My Loving,” “Till There Was You” and “She Loves You.” After a break, they encored with “I Saw Her Standing There” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” But they could hardly be heard over the screams from the live audience. It was reported that 45.3 percent of all households in the United States watched the show. The program helped raise awareness of the group and fostered a rabid hunger for their music. A week later, the Beatles were on the cover of Newsweek magazine They would subsequently appear on The Ed Sullivan Show three more times. The Beatles’ arrival was game changing for the music industry. They paved the way for other bands, including the Rolling Stones and The Animals. Their revolution still impacts musical culture to this day. How did Sullivan get the group on his show? He and his wife were at Heathrow Airport in London when they noticed throngs of youth standing in the rain. When they asked the young people why they were so patiently waiting in grey weather conditions, they learned the Beatles were returning home from a tour in Sweden. When he got back to his hotel Living here has its advantages. “Thanks to The Willows at Hamburg, my son, Lowell, and I are able to remain under one roof. I can maintain an independent lifestyle, while my son receives the care he needs. This is the nicest place we have ever lived in. It has been a joy, and I have not one negative thing to say. Only loving, caring people are found here. I prayed and prayed for Lowell and I to find a place where we could both live together, and the good Lord brought us here.” Liz and Lowell Pennington Residents of The Willows at Hamburg Come and see how good life can be at The Willows at Hamburg – stop by or call to schedule a personal tour. Assisted Living • Memory Care • Long-Term Care • Skilled Nursing Short-Term Rehab • Outpatient Therapy • Transitional Care • Respite Care 859-543-0337 • 2531 Old Rosebud • Lexington, KY 40509 • willowsathamburg.com