February 1, 1964 was the day that a Beatles song hit Number One for the first time in the USA. The song was “I Want To Hold Your Hand”. The Beatles flew into JFK on February 7 and made their first appearance on Ed Sullivan two days later. And we all had a gear time!
He was born John Winston Lennon on October 9, 1940. Like the other three Beatles, Lennon grew up in a working-class family in Liverpool. His parents, Julia and Fred, separated before he was two (Lennon saw his father only twice in the next 20 years), and Lennon went to live with his mother’s sister Mimi Smith; when Lennon was 17 his mother was killed by a bus. He attended Liverpool’s Dovedale Primary School and later the Quarry Bank High School, which supplied the name for his first band, a skiffle group called the Quarrymen, which he started in 1955.
John Lennon didn’t invent rock and roll, nor did he embody it as toweringly as figures like Elvis Presley and Little Richard, but he did more than anyone else to shake it up, move it forward and instill it with a conscience. As the most daring and outspoken of the four Beatles, he helped shape the agenda of the Sixties – socially and politically, no less than musically. As a solo artist, he made music that alternately disturbed and soothed, provoked and sought community. As a human being, he served as an exemplar of honesty in his art and life.
John Lennon’s first Rolling Stone interview~ http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/john-lennon-1970-jann-wenner-rolling-stone-interview-w481395
John Lennon’s final interview~ http://www.openculture.com/2015/03/hear-john-lennons-final-interview-taped-on-the-day-of-his-death.html
Richard Hamilton* – The Beatles White Album Cover design – from Turnbull Studio
In one of Richard Hamilton’s last filmed interviews, he tells the story of how he designed the Beatles White Album cover. Together with Paul McCartney, they decided that the next Beatles cover should be the total opposite of the Sgt Pepper’s design, which is packed full of Peter Blake’s now iconic imagery, and Richard created a minimalist white double cover sleeve. The Beatles record label, EMI had concerns, but Paul McCartney, who commissioned Richard to design the cover, persuaded EMI to allow the design to go ahead. This Beatles White Album is probably the first album to be known by the cover design and not the actual name of the album, which is simply, “The Beatles”.
*Richard Hamilton (February 24, 1922 – September 13, 2011) was an English painter and collage artist.
The Beatles’ second appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show took place in Miami’s Deauville Hotel. The Beatles arrived in Miami on Thursday, February 13, and the concert took place on the night of the 16th. The link below is of a rehearsal, which was filmed but not aired.
Rehearsal video here~
BEATLES REHEARSALS : R. CORTES : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive
The Beatle’s first live appearance on U.S. television was February 9, 1964. However, Americans did have previous chances to see them via stories on the evening news, and a taped segment on The Tonight Show with Jack Paar. The common thread to these appearances is the sarcasm and bad jokes which the reporters and Paar felt compelled to use in order to dismiss the Beatles as an inexplicable phenomenon. All of them were probably taken aback when they finally realized that the Beatles weren’t going to go away any time soon.
November 18, 1963 on “The Huntley-Brinkley Report”~
Nov. 22, 1963 on “CBS Morning News With Mike Wallace”~
The Beatles, JFK and Nov. 22, 1963~ http://articles.latimes.com/2013/nov/22/entertainment/la-et-ms-beatles-kennedy-assassination-nov-22-1963-20131122
January 3, 1964 on the :Jack Paar Tonight Show”~