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February 7: The Beatles ~ Ed Sullivan Show – All 3 shows (1964)

On February 9, 1964, the Beatles appeared for the first time on the Ed Sullivan Show, and the world changed.

This “shaky cam” video of the three appearances by the Fab Four over three consecutive Sundays that year shines some light on the craze that became Beatlemania. Fifty years later, radio stations still have all Beatles highlights. That’s the timelessness of their music and the devotion of their fan base, in action.

The Beatles paved the way for The Who, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and other members of the British Invasion over the years that followed.

But how did the shows happen in the first place? Here’s Walter Cronkite to explain.

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January 2: Bea Lillie ~ Faries at the Bottom of My Garden

Welcome to Throwback Thursday. It might not be what you expect, but then, where would we be in this world if everything was the way everyone expected?

I ran across this little clip while looking for a reference for a short story. I confess, until I looked her up, I had no idea who Beatrice “Bea” Lillie was, but I thought of Fanny Brice (a sort-of contemporary of Bea’s). Ed Sullivan’s intro is so very typical of his shows, which were among my favorite things to watch.

If you find it difficult to follow the lyrics, you can see the original poem here:

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