Sunday, February 9, 1964 the Ed Sullivan show aired the first US appearance of The Beatles or as most of us screaming teenagers called them, “The Fab Four.“
I remember sitting in the front of our television wearing our I love The Beatles sweat shirts clutching our coveted vinyl 45 RPM recording of, “She Loves You” in our hands. My older sister and my best friend Gayle suffered through the other variety acts eagerly awaiting the introduction of John, Paul, George and Ringo.
My uncle’s friend used to work for a Juke Boxes Distribution Company, so our copies had Not For Sale stamped across the label. But it didn’t matter. We had our own copy of She Loves You and that’s all that mattered. He also gave my mother a copy of their soon to be released version of Phil Spector’s, “Twist and Shout” which was later released in March of 1964. I still have it safely tucked away with the rest of my coveted Beatles record collection.
The excitement mounted as the last commercial advisement ended and the emergence of Ed Sullivan onto the stage greeted by the deafening screams of a frenzied teenage audience.
He’d barely finished his introduction when the audience when totally wild. Girls and guys alike were literally weeping and screaming the name of their favorite Beatle. Gayle and I screamed, “We love you Paul!” As for my sister, she professed her head-over-heels love for John Lennon.
Their first set began with, “All My Loving” and “Till There” Was You”, then finished with, “She Loves You“. They later came back and sang two more of their most popular songs, “I Saw Her Standing There” and “I Wanna Hold Her Hand.“
It goes without saying that none of us slept that night. Nevertheless when we finally fell asleep you can bet who we dreamt about.