The Beatles: 50 years of screams

It's been 50 years since The Beatles made their famous debut on the Ed Sullivan Show.
It was a moment that propelled The Beatles into an international sensation and ushered in a new era of music.

It was the unanimous start of the British Invasion that ushered in acts like The Hollies, Tom Jones, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, and many many many... MANY more.

Sadly, the world no longer has John Lennon and George Harrison, but Ringo and Sir Paul are still kicking and performing on the biggest of stages, including a recent reunion on the Grammys Stage.

In honor of the kings of crazed fans and the trend-setters for modern music, our entire morning programming will be dedicated to these black-haired British rock stars.

Here's the breakdown for the day:

6 a.m. - Scott will concentrate on the Ed Sullivan appearances and very early recordings. He'll also have some rare
B-Side tracks.

7 a.m. - The entire Rubber Soul Album, interspersed with interviews and audio.

8 a.m. - Cuts from the Beatles BBC recordings, and some very rare, first time on disc meterial.

9 a.m. - Beatles songs covered by other people, Solo music, Wings, Plastic Ono Band etc.... along with more of the late 60's early 70's stuff.

It is our pleasure to bring back the past from five decades ago.

And as The Beatles would say, "We Love you, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah."

via the LA Times
Fifty years ago Sunday, the Beatles performed for American audiences for the first time on "The Ed Sullivan Show." They sent all their loving. The U.S. sent all its screaming teenage girls. And journalists sent all their jokes about long hair, invasions, insects and teenage hysteria.

Take for instance the Associated Press report The Times carried (headline: "Squeal, Sigh, Yell: Girls Go Bug-Eyed as Beatles Perform") about the "Ed Sullivan" performance:

"The Beatles -- four British lads who sing when they are not busy running away from barbers -- made their American television debut Sunday night -- and some things may never be the same.

The seats in the Columbia Broadcasting System studio where they appeared live on the "Ed Sullivan" variety show wer
e given more of a workout by jumping and squirming from teen-age girls than were the fast-moving singers by their routine.

The four mop-topped entertainers, who came here Friday from London, provided their own musical background with string and percussion instruments.

Throughout their two appearances during the show, the 721 members of the audience -- mostly young girls -- kept up a steady stream of squeals, sighs and yells.

The four British imports, appearing for a total of about 20 minutes on the hour-long show, may well have ended up with second billing.

Camera crews were lavish in their shots of the audience, showing young girls leaping from their seats, throwing their arms into the air and staring bug-eyed. Some appeared as if on the verge of a coma, staring open-mouthed."

Jay Fox