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Say What? Your Memories of The Beatles
CEDAR RAPIDS (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- A nation still in mourning after the assassination of President John Kennedy may have been looking for anything to bring them out of a funk or it may have just been time for a radical change in music as the swiveling hips of Elvis became a common scene. Whatever the reason, the moment after Ed Sullivan announced The Beatles and waved his arm toward the four young lads on stage, the world changed forever.
Sunday night marked 50 years since the Beatles first appeared on American television, an event watched by 73-Million people. Ruth Fox stopped to tell her story on a frosty afternoon in NewBo. Fox says she owned every album the band made and she and a friend immediately made plans for their future with the guitar player on the right, Oh my friend Jane and I had to fight over who got John. They were different but they weren't so different that you didn't feel like they might be someone you would be friends with .. unlike some of the ones today who are just so big time and inaccessible.
On the other end of the Beatles generation, Caitlyn Wolfe, a University of Iowa student, says she listened as her Dad and Grandma played their songs when she was a little girl, I loved Eleanor Rigby. Its just really cool and the lyrics are really solid.
On our Facebook page some viewers chimed in with memories of the night watching The Ed Sullivan Show and living the excitement in the days after. Donna wrote, A girlfriend of mine in the third grade was totally Beatle crazy .. my Mom thought they were hooligans. Linda posted, My father didnt like them at all. He did not want us listening to that God awful Music. Dave wrote, I was five years old and every Sunday we watched FBI, Disney and Ed Sullivan. I remember it like it was yesterday .
Back at NewBo Aaron Rowland listens politely as twenty-something Alyssa Brighi says she really cant remember how she started listening but turned into a huge fan once she did. Rowland then smiles and admits a school project got him into the band, When I was in the 5th grade I got picked to play in the school play as one of the Beatles (John) .. so I kind of started listening to their music to hear what it was all about. But in the end, Alyssa may have the strongest commitment as a Beatles/Lennon fan, with ink, Come Together really stuck out to me a lot .. One thing I can tell you is you got to be free, has always been an important lyric to me .. I have the lyrics across my rib cage in John Lennons handwriting.
So many stories of watching, remembering, screaming and seeing even more generations of fans find the Beatles since that Sunday night so long ago. You can still share your story right now on our Facebook page.