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It was 75 years ago today . . . October 9, 1940 when “Chief Beatle”, John Winston Lennon was born in Liverpool, England. To many of us, it seems like yesterday when the leader of The Fab Four was just 23 years old, and The Beatles invaded “The Colonies”. It was February 7, 1964. Two days later, The Beatles made their legendary first appearance on TV’s “Ed Sullivan Show”.
Sgt. Pepper may have taught the band to play . . . but, it took Ed Sullivan to deliver them an audience of 73 million viewers. It was a cold New York afternoon when The Beatles touched down at Kennedy International Airport. They were greeted by the roar of 5,000 screaming teenagers, clamoring to get their first look at the four lads from Liverpool. Two evenings later – 73 million Americans tuned into the Ed Sullivan Show – for their first look. Our photo for today features the faces of Beatlemania – The Fans.
A year and a half ago, I was pleasantly surprised to get a phone call from a woman who in 1964 was the brunette teenage girl on the far left of the photo. She had spotted it online, when we posted our colorized image for the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. She shared the backstory with me – of the original black and white photo, taken by a news photographer. We never know who’s going to call our studio!