Skip to comments.Beatlemania: A moment in time never to be repeated
Posted on 02/09/2014 7:47:02 PM PST by SeekAndFind
Musical moments that capture the attention of a national audience - and beyond - never seem to be in short supply.
Last week, Bruno Mars set a ratings record with 115 million people watching his Super Bowl performance. A few months ago, the talk was about Beyonces surprise album. And theres still discussion of That Miley Moment at the MTV Video Music Awards.
But moments that spark a musical revolution? A dramatic altering of the pop culture landscape? A true moment for historians to analyze? Rare indeed, which is what makes the 50th anniversary of what is considered the start of Beatlemania so remarkable - and so unlikely to happen again.
The media has gotten so fragmented now ... theres 50 things in a marketing plan for an artist today, said Revolt TV President (and former MTV executive) Andy Schuon. The ability to fan that fire and to give it the kind of intensity that The Ed Sullivan Show could get doesnt exist today.
Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles performance on Ed Sullivan, their first appearance in America. Nielsen says 45 percent of all TV sets in use at the time were tuned into the broadcast, with fans and the uninitiated alike gathered shoulder to shoulder in their living rooms. The Beatles landed on a trigger point when they hit America. It was a pop culture sonic boom spurred by talent, timing and luck thats still rattling the windows.
This was a seismic shift in American culture and it gave the teenagers not only a voice but a way of being, a way of thinking that had never occurred before, Beatles biographer Bob Spitz said.
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If you watched the show tonight, you probably saw something that you’ll never ever see again....
It was fantastic...
Phoney Beatlemania has bitten the dust.
I just don’t get the appeal. I guess because I was not born during that time explains why I could care less about any of the Beatles. Also the fact that Paul married that idiot woman after losing the love of his life really made me think he was insane.
I guess you have to be older to appreciate this show tonight...
It was Beatlemania-mania.
Most overrated band in music history.
See, I can explain the phenomenon more accurately with one word and two acronyms.
Last week, Bruno Mars set a ratings record with 115 million people watching his Super Bowl performance.
Really? That is just sad.......
Never even heard of this guy before the Superbowl. I only watch the FOOTBALL GAME. No halftime or extended 32 hour pregame crap........
Thank God for DVR............and delayed, no commercial, no crap, viewing......
I don’t know about that. I love the Beatles, but I have no interest in 3/4 of the acts that are listed to be on the show. The thought of what Katy Perry, Imagine Dragons, the Eurythmics, and John Mayer might do to Beatles songs makes me shudder.
WTH is THAT??????????????????
Beatlemania? Beatlemania is simply the result a neurological phenomena. When a male and his voice voice goes through an electric amplifier it has a direct effect on the midbrain of receptive women of child bearing age. It stimulates a tremendous almost hysterical need to copulate with the singer. Beatlemania and the behavior of women at rock concerts is best understood in that context.
“Plato the Greek or Rin Tin Tin, who’s more famous to the billion millions?”
Bruno Mars set a ratings record with 115 million people watching his Super Bowl performance.
A squirrel running in a wheel would have the same “record”
WTH is that: “??????????????????” ?
Tell me about it. The most overrated band in the history of mankind. They only recorded for about 6 years, the first 3 years just about every song they wrote was ripped off from other writers, McCartney had maybe one good solo album in the early 70s, and ever since then it’s just been non stop accolades and awards awards and veggie demands and promoting Marxism and awards and awards and playing Hey Jude for the 10 billionth time after giving the stupid thumbs up, over and over. Enough already.
The mid sixties exploded on the face of the planet ... Vietnam and Beatles were just a part of a whole LOT goin' on.
I'm thankful I was a young adult during that time ... enlisted in the Army, got out, jumped into hippiedom, learned political activism, did waayyy too many drugs, had more sex in a few years than a man ordinarilly has in a lifetime ... and a ton of et cetera's ... all in a matter of maybe five years.
After that, it was about 50 years of trying to unscrew myself.
Those days were an education only the participants got ... you can't read it and get it.
Beatlemania? Beatlemania is simply the result a neurological phenomena. When a male sings and his voice projects through an electric amplifier it has a direct effect on the midbrain of receptive women of child bearing age. It stimulates a tremendous almost hysterical need to copulate with the singer. Beatlemania and the behavior of women at rock concerts is best understood in that context.
I’m no musician...I can’t even play a jukebox, but Peter Frampton, Joe Walsh,and Keith Urban and their guitars was worth every minute of the show...
With 2 exceptions, Kate Perry and the always disgusting Sean Penn, it was probably the best broadcast TV show I’ve seen since I can’t remember when.
Beatlemania was very nostalgic and the hits just kept on comin
As did The British Invasion, that time being the greatest months in modern music history IMO
The problem was when they got away from being entertainers and became polluters of the culture, much bigger polluters than their music was ever accused of.
Now THAT I would watch.
That’s a new boy band call “The Hoe moe boys”
I agree wholeheartedly!!!!!
I guess revolting cat must like ‘em....I’ve never seen anything that bad.....
Up until the point where Annie Lennox wore that disgusting shirt on stage that said HIV POSITIVE.
For the fools, everything starts and ends with this illiterate musically pop group.
Who is Annie Lennox????
I would defy anyone to name ONE other group that will garner this kind of tribute. The Beatles hasn’t done anything collectively since April of 1970. Yet, 44 years late, they are still as fresh as the day any of their tunes rolled off the line. They were a rare mix of various talents that made it work. My personal favorite group.
A Letter from Elaina--Casey Kasem
From The Eurythmics
Exactly...You could see the audience singing the songs word for word with ages from 25 to 75 years old...Their music is and will be timeless....
I graduated high school in 65 and was just about the right age to have really known the Beatles. Their first US hits were in 64 and I really liked their music.
I never particularly thought of them personally but they could really sing, and also could really compose. They could also take another band’s song and do it better than the originals. For instance “Twist and Shout”.
OK...She used to be a pretty good vocalist...She has lost a lot judging from tonight...
RE: Who is Annie Lennox????
Ever heard of the hit from the Eurythmics — SWEET DREAMS ( Are Made of this )?
I graduated in ‘66......
What made The Beatles so special was that had an attitude and cockiness about them. They weren't humble and didn't "Yes sir" the press like Elvis did. In Elvis' case, he worked for Tom Parker and did his bidding. Well The Beatles didn't work for their manager, Brian Epstein. Rather Epstein worked for them. By that time, The Beatles were already writing most of their own songs and they were going to write their own ticket.
So when The Beatles came to New York in February 1964, the media of the day was sent to the airport to "cut them down to size" in a press conference, they were in for a rude awakening.
See, The Beatles were not some recording company creation of "pretty boys". This was a hardened, tight rock and roll band that had spent the past few years cutting their teeth in German strip clubs and English pubs and dives - as many as 300 shows per year!
So they had been around the block a few times when they landed at JFK (then still Idlewild) and confronted the bewildered media (who were trying to comprehend the 5,000 screaming fans that played hooky from school and swarmed the airport to greet them).
That first press conference (you can find it on YouTube) is hysterical to watch. The media had no idea how to deal with these wise-cracking long-haired lads from England. Their silly questions were immediately answered by snappy one-liners. For example "How do you find America?" was answered by "We hung a left at Greenland".
America's youth instantly fell in love with them and the fuddy-duddy parents were left scratching their heads as The Beatles went ahead and changed the culture literally overnight.
For better or worse, things would never be the same again.
So...Who Wants a Revolution?
Yes, love them or hate them, the Beatles are important in popular music history because their music had a significant impact on how popular music styles changed and developed an impact that can still be felt 50 years later.
It also helped that the Beatles, had the perfect foil in The Rolling Stones, who made the Beatles look like saints, in comparison. Although of course the truth behind the scenes was far from it.
I asked my sister today who was the better song writer. Paul or John. She said John. I laughed at her because despite being a prick (royal prick now), Paul had more talent in his pinky then all of John. John was just the cool one and Ringo was the only one of them that could act decently. Just watch Caveman with Stan Matuszak and Barbara Bach, Shelly Long, Dennis Quaid.
Some brilliant and talented musicians broke on the scene amidst a generation of entertainers of every kind.
The sixties ushered in an age of musicians I think never existed before.
What I mean is ... at any time then (even today) you can tune into about 50 or 60 pop, rock, whatever entertainers that have been here for a while or will be here for a while.
I'm no musical historian, but what I remember of 50's AM radio is about 10 or so country singers/groups, 5 or six black groups/singers and a couple of crooners.
The Beatles were part of a time in musical history that just happened to have the schtick that schtuck and made good on it.
They also came to us as likeable arrogant boys and left more mature political/social entities that still speak to hearts.