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Tributes paid to the man who brought The Beatles to America
Liverpool Echo ^ | 8/21/2013

Posted on 08/21/2013 10:07:51 AM PDT by Borges

The man who brought The Beatles to America and sparked the 'British Invasion' has died.

Music promoter Sid Bernstein has passed away today, aged 95.

Bernstein got the Fab Four their gig at Carnegie Hall in New York after their appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964 and Bernstein also booked them at Shea Stadium.

Sam Leach, who promoted the Beatles in the UK, paid tribute to Bernstein.

He said: "He was like my equivalent in America.

“He brought the Beatles to America and he was very proud of the part he played in their amazing story.

“Sid has left a great legacy. We were good friends and he was a really great guy.

"He was the nicest guy in showbiz and he was not like the ruthless promoters you get nowadays. He loved what he did and he was very genuine. He was the best promoter in New York."

Bernstein also organised concerts for Frank Sinatra, Lenny Kravitz and Jimi Hendrix.


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1 posted on 08/21/2013 10:07:51 AM PDT by Borges
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2 posted on 08/21/2013 10:08:05 AM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

“The man who brought The Beatles to America and sparked the ‘British Invasion’ has died.”, BURN IN HELL!


3 posted on 08/21/2013 10:10:40 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: US Navy Vet

You’re all class.


4 posted on 08/21/2013 10:12:07 AM PDT by Borges
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To: US Navy Vet

And why is that?


5 posted on 08/21/2013 10:19:08 AM PDT by Mi-kha-el ((There is no Pravda in Izvestiya and no Izvestiya in Pravda.))
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To: Borges

“Bernstein also organised concerts for Frank Sinatra, Lenny Kravitz and Jimi Hendrix.”

I’ve often heard allegations that both Sinatra and Hendrix were controlled by the mob, and there was once allegations mob involvement at least in some quarters of the music industry. For example, Morris Levy and Roulette Records allegedly were influenced by the Genovese family according to Tommy James. Did Sid Bernstein have mob ties?


6 posted on 08/21/2013 10:24:21 AM PDT by AtlasStalled
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To: Borges

Wow, Monday Fritz Rau, one of the great German promoters died. Rock history fades away.


7 posted on 08/21/2013 10:25:31 AM PDT by discostu (Go do the voodoo that you do so well.)
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To: AtlasStalled

“Frank Sinatra” yet ANOTHER GUTLESS SPINELESS 4-F Coward. And he is ANOTHER ONE BRAINLESS BROADS went NUTS over.


8 posted on 08/21/2013 10:30:35 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Borges

OK, but who got them their gig on Sullivan? Seems like that’s the guy that really brought them to America.


9 posted on 08/21/2013 10:31:09 AM PDT by JediJones (Impeach Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane for Derelection of Duty)
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To: discostu

The Beatles’ first gig in America was at Suffolk Downs in East Boston/Revere, MA. With The Ronnettes & Local Legend, Freddie “Boom Boom” Cannon. $5.25.


10 posted on 08/21/2013 10:32:30 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: US Navy Vet

What could you possibly have against this man?


11 posted on 08/21/2013 10:33:38 AM PDT by sakic
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To: US Navy Vet

I think Martin Scorsese is coming out with a movie about Sinatra, and I’m curious how the director will treat the crooner.


12 posted on 08/21/2013 10:35:41 AM PDT by AtlasStalled
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To: sakic

He contributed DIRECTLY to the decline of America.


13 posted on 08/21/2013 10:35:41 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Borges

Sam Leach, who promoted the Beatles in the UK, paid tribute to Bernstein.

He said: “He was like my equivalent in America.

Ah, modesty.


14 posted on 08/21/2013 10:36:12 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Borges
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Brought Beeruls music to America huh? Uh, thanks I guess...

15 posted on 08/21/2013 10:37:25 AM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: US Navy Vet

You just earned the asinine post of the day award. Congratulations.


16 posted on 08/21/2013 10:37:50 AM PDT by dainbramaged (Joe McCarthy was right.)
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To: US Navy Vet

You blame the Beatles for the decline of America? lol


17 posted on 08/21/2013 10:38:10 AM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

Yes I do


18 posted on 08/21/2013 10:40:36 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: US Navy Vet

Elvis too? And Sinatra?


19 posted on 08/21/2013 10:41:36 AM PDT by Borges
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To: US Navy Vet

I don’t even like the Beatles and that’s just crazy. Time to up the meds.


20 posted on 08/21/2013 10:43:06 AM PDT by discostu (Go do the voodoo that you do so well.)
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To: discostu

More of a Stones man?


21 posted on 08/21/2013 10:43:42 AM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

I saw a tv piece a few years back about the influence the Beatles had in breaking up the Soviet Empire . . . seriously, that was the thesis of the documentary that the kids in the Soviet Union were listening to the Beatles through underground clubs and the black market, and that was the impetus for the people’s demand for more freedom. I don’t buy it but it was interesting.


22 posted on 08/21/2013 10:44:22 AM PDT by AtlasStalled
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To: US Navy Vet

That sure is a stretch.

As to another post about Hendrix being controlled by the mob, I dont think the mob held any sway over Jimi but they probably had manager Mike Jeffries by the gonads. Jeffrey died under mysterious circumstances not long after Jimis death, along with Jimis whacked out girlfriend Devon wilson.


23 posted on 08/21/2013 10:44:56 AM PDT by Finatic (I ran out of change and have given up on hope. FUBO, I am so sick of your sorry a$$ you effin punk)
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To: Borges

Elvis actually Served in Uniform after he got his Draft Notice. Franky Conived his way out of serving(4-F for a “Punctured” Eardrum).


24 posted on 08/21/2013 10:45:46 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Snickering Hound
Excuse me while I cleanse your post from this thread.


25 posted on 08/21/2013 10:45:58 AM PDT by freedomlover
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To: Borges

Even more than that a Kinks (the band that should be heaped with almost every praise given the Beatles) man.


26 posted on 08/21/2013 10:46:27 AM PDT by discostu (Go do the voodoo that you do so well.)
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To: US Navy Vet

Hey, USNV, if every “performer” “BRAINLESS BROADS (go) NUTS over” died, there wouldn’t be any performers.


27 posted on 08/21/2013 10:46:56 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (The IRS--a softer Gestapo)
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To: AtlasStalled

I can attest to that. I was a kid back in the USSR.


28 posted on 08/21/2013 10:48:53 AM PDT by Mi-kha-el ((There is no Pravda in Izvestiya and no Izvestiya in Pravda.))
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To: Borges
1964

49 years ago. In 1964, 49 years ago was 1915. Now THAT makes me feel old.
29 posted on 08/21/2013 10:52:40 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Borges

Shea stadium is history now too, plowed over.

It was built in mid 1960s for the World Fair in Flushing NY.


30 posted on 08/21/2013 11:00:26 AM PDT by sickoflibs (To GOP : Any path to US Citizenship IS putting them ahead in line. Stop lying about your position.)
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To: Finatic
"As to another post about Hendrix being controlled by the mob, I dont think the mob held any sway over Jimi but they probably had manager Mike Jeffries by the gonads. Jeffrey died under mysterious circumstances not long after Jimis death, along with Jimis whacked out girlfriend Devon Wilson.

Mike Jeffery originally managed The Animals, and according to band members he ended up with almost all of the money that the band earned. They basically regarded him as a criminal. Ironically, when ex-Animals bassist Chas Chandler discovered Jimi Hendrix and signed as his manager, he went to Jeffery for financial assistance to get Hendrix's band up to speed, so Jeffery signed-on as co-manager, handling the business side while Chandler handled the music side. In the meantime, however, Chandler had developed some business smarts, so he ended up very well off after managing Hendrix and a later heavy-metal band, Slade.
31 posted on 08/21/2013 11:04:21 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: US Navy Vet

I have seen quite a few idiotic notions on the Internet. Yours belongs in the Hall of Fame.


32 posted on 08/21/2013 11:07:11 AM PDT by sakic
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To: massgopguy
The Beatles’ first gig in America was at Suffolk Downs in East Boston/Revere, MA.

Suffolk Downs? With The Ronettes? A dime to ride the Blue Line to see them? Where was I??? Why wasn't *I* there??

33 posted on 08/21/2013 11:08:08 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If Obama Had A City It Would Look Like Detroit)
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To: Borges

I’ll never understand why TIME or APPLE Records or whomever has rights has never put together the definitive long form multipart documentary of the Beatles. It would earn tons of money, old clips, concert video etc.

I’ve seen a handful of Beatles documentaries but never a really comprehensive one - can’t believe it’s never been done.


34 posted on 08/21/2013 11:12:17 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: AtlasStalled

Didn’t Steven Tyler say Aerosmith was funded with mob money?


35 posted on 08/21/2013 11:13:28 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: US Navy Vet

Mad at the Beatles for not serving in the U.S. Military then?


36 posted on 08/21/2013 11:36:38 AM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

From what I have seen they didn’t serve in Her Majesty’s Military either. Please correct me if I am wrong?


37 posted on 08/21/2013 11:39:51 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: US Navy Vet

No they did not. What does that have to do with the price of tea in China?


38 posted on 08/21/2013 11:46:34 AM PDT by Borges
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To: discostu

Ray Davies wrote some great songs but didn’t know a lot of chords.


39 posted on 08/21/2013 11:47:24 AM PDT by Borges
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To: US Navy Vet
From what I have seen they didn’t serve in Her Majesty’s Military either. Please correct me if I am wrong?

But were they *required* to serve? My understand is that Britain had a draft that was similar to ours but they repealed it long ago.I was subject to the draft and,as a result,I served...reluctantly.Many in this country who weren't subject to a draft have served and they are to be commended.If the Beatles somehow "dodged" their draft then that's noteworthy.Otherwise,maybe not.

40 posted on 08/21/2013 11:48:28 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If Obama Had A City It Would Look Like Detroit)
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To: Borges

And yet managed to make proto versions of almost every subgenre of rock to come, heavy metal, arena rock, punk, art rock, theatrical rock. The list of things they did first is epic, and the did it all so well.


41 posted on 08/21/2013 12:12:42 PM PDT by discostu (Go do the voodoo that you do so well.)
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To: discostu

They did nostalgia-flavored songs really well too. But the same summer of ‘64 when they recorded ‘You Really Got Me’, the Beatles released the ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ album which also had proto metal (the title song).


42 posted on 08/21/2013 12:19:48 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

I wonder what happened to the American record execs who first turned down the Beatles? Great judges of talent. (snicker)


43 posted on 08/21/2013 12:29:38 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: Borges

Got Me added the distortion, which with that one razor slice by Dave rewrote rock history.


44 posted on 08/21/2013 12:35:50 PM PDT by discostu (Go do the voodoo that you do so well.)
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To: Gay State Conservative
"The Ronettes"

The Ronettes kept their clothes on and kind of followed Jerry Lee Lewis's dictum - "stand in one spot and wiggle around just a little bit" - yet somehow were sexier than today's strutting, half-naked pop music divas.
45 posted on 08/21/2013 12:48:59 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: discostu

And later that year the Beatles added more blatant distortion to song (though the song didn’t really need it)...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Feel_Fine


46 posted on 08/21/2013 12:58:59 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Steve_Seattle
The Ronettes kept their clothes on and kind of followed Jerry Lee Lewis's dictum - "stand in one spot and wiggle around just a little bit" - yet somehow were sexier than today's strutting, half-naked pop music divas.

There have been a few girl singers/girl groups that I've seen as "sexy" but even many of those that weren't have been damn talented...the Ronettes included.But you're right to point out that the Ronettes had class in addition to talent...something that all but impossible to find today.

47 posted on 08/21/2013 1:03:08 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If Obama Had A City It Would Look Like Detroit)
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To: Borges

But the Kinks did it first, and had done it more times even before the Beatles did, and when The Who ripped it off is was specifically to sound more like the Kinks.


48 posted on 08/21/2013 1:15:02 PM PDT by discostu (Go do the voodoo that you do so well.)
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To: Mi-kha-el

You don’t know how lucky you are, boy!

That Georgia’s always on my mi-mi-mi-mi-mi-mi-mi-mi-mind.


49 posted on 08/21/2013 1:53:08 PM PDT by JediJones (Impeach Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane for Derelection of Duty)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Regarding The Ronettes, Nedra Talley later became a part-time gospel singer. There are some recordings of her gospel songs on YouTube. She has a pretty, poignant voice. Estelle Bennett, usually considered the prettiest Ronette, recorded a couple of songs on her own but never caught on as a solo act. In her later years she suffered from mental illness and depression and was rumored to have spent some time homeless. She died a few years ago. Lead singer “Ronnie” Spector continues performing to this day.


50 posted on 08/21/2013 2:25:18 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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