Thursday, April 2, 2015

B is for Beatles


Welcome to day two of the Blogging From A-to-Z Challenge! My theme for the month is musicians. Specifically, musicians that I love and have impacted my life with their talent. Today, B is for Beatles!

When the Beatles first hit the heights of popularity, I was too young to fully appreciate them; I was born in 1959. On February 8, 1964, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr were probably jet lagged from a transatlantic trip to New York City and excited about their appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show the next day. 

I, on the other hand, was excited to turn five on that day. You can see the challenges of being a full blown fan for very short Cherdo in 1964...

My musical godsend came in the form of a much loved aunt who was an absolute Beatles nut. It was through her collection of records and what-nots that I metamorphosed into the Beatles aficionado that I am today. The Beatles were willing to wait for me to wise up and catch up.

Aunt Diana had every Beatle album and was willing to share; in fact, a Beatles doll from the early sixties sits on my shelf at this very moment (yep...Aunt Di). I keep it in memory of her and because I'm a rock and roll packrat. Ticket stubs, anyone? 

The first 8-track tape and player that I ever saw or played belonged to Aunt Di; it was The Beatles' Yellow Submarine soundtrack. There's a distinct possibility that I wore out both the tape and player.

By the seventies, when I became one of the guitar playing minions of the world, I saved up my hard earned allowance to purchase a huge Beatles songbook and tirelessly went through each and every song, chord by chord. The lyrics were meaningful by that time and if I didn't understand the "point" I would look it up in one of the hundreds of books and articles that addressed the phenomenon that was The Beatles. Obsession...ah, sweet.

Their break up - crisis! John Lennon's death left me weeping. And I followed the careers of each remaining member, too, and felt like I lost a personal friend when George Harrison succumbed to cancer. I loved them and all the hours I spent listening to their voices. How could I not?

This is probably where I should insert a wrap up; perhaps say how "that was long ago", "I remember them fondly", or "times have changed..."  

Oh, heck no!  If they ever figure out how to turn brain waves into audio, my waves will sound like the complete Beatles' song book. They were that big of a presence in my life. 





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68 comments:

  1. Oh, NO-ooooooo! Not The Beatles!
    "B is for BEACH BOYS!"

    Beatles, Schmeatles, Double-Meatles,
    Meatloaf, Smeatloaf, Double-Beatloaf!

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. Beach Boys?? Now we're gonna have to break up... Say it ain't so, Dogman!

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    2. It's a typo, Cherdo. Stephen meant to say "Beastie Boys."

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    3. Yeah, Shecky Shady Shaft is right. I meant "B is for Beastie Boys".

      All is forgiven? We can get back together? C'mon, we can split a strawberry sundae and a Coke at Foster's Freeze on Hawthorne Boulevard. You buy the sundae and the Coke, and I'll bring the two straws.

      ~ D-FensDogG

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    4. Well...okay...but this is the last straw. Oops - miscount. The last two straws. :-)

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  2. Oh I was born the year they came to the States. My favourite was always George Harrison. Your doll is probably worth something not that you would sell it. Did you ever have that nasty album cover with the dead babies (dolls) on it? That is rare and worth a ton! Anyhoo I also was in shock and wept when Lennon died and the when George died. I can't believe how old they are now!

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    1. John and George were my favorites, but I've seen Paul in concert three times.

      What's so funny is THEY got old, and we are still young and vibrant...what's up with that?

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    2. I know! Go figure that I am still 29!

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  3. Cherdo, this was delightful. I was a teenager when the Beatles debuted on the Ed show and was absolutely ecstatic that their lyrics were well-enunciated, their songs life-affirming, their demeanor courteous and their harmony incomparable. I am still impressed, over 50 years later, with the energy of Ringo's band and the cheerfulness of Sir Paul's songs.

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    1. Thank you, Geo.! There's not many musicians with that staying power, right?

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  4. Good one, dear Cherdo! I was age 5 when Elvis the Pelvis became a rock 'n' roll phenom. My big brother introduced me to his music. Next decade I was the perfect age, 14, when the Beatles conquered the world. However, I don't remember any of my family members liking the lads from Liverpool. Steeped in the easy listening big band sounds of the WWII era, my mom freaked out over the Mop Tops' hair styles and she called their music "nerve-racking jingle-jangle." My two favorite Beatles were the first to die. I was producing the 11 pm newscast the night Lennon was assassinated and horrified when the 5 bells rang on the AP and UPI wire service machines, flashing the bulletin. I ripped the copy and ran it to the set and our teary-eyed anchor man broke the news to our viewers.

    Happy Thursday, dear friend Cherdo!

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    1. My favorites were John and George, too (they'll be back in the A-to-Z).

      I love your stories of "behind the scenes" news and music. Even now, it's hard to imagine the callousness of someone who would just walk up and kill a father, husband - and music legend.

      Thank you, Shady! Have a good day, buddy.

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    2. Man, don't tell him I said so, but Shady is old. Really old.

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  5. Dunno what all you old folks are on about; didn't Kanye do that old dude nobody knows a big favour?

    'Scuse me whilst I go dig me tongue outta me cheek.

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    1. Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

      You crack me up, J!

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  6. I like the Beach Boys myself.

    B is for Britney!

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    1. Well, there you go....Bs galore!

      I read somewhere that they felt they had to up their game for Pet Sounds in response to the Sargent Pepper album. You know what that means? The Beach Boys listened to The Beatles. Therefore, if you like the Beach Boys, follow their lead.... (ha ha ha)

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  7. You were old enough to be able to get caught up in the excitement and collect stuff though. Double points for learning their songs.
    And I still have all the ticket stubs from my concerts.

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    1. Actually, I was probably too young - that is where the aunt comes in handy! I just had to drool over her stuff later on. On once she got married, she didn't care about that stuff at all. Score!

      I might have to add ticket stub pictures to some of my A-to-Z posts! I've got quite a bit.

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  8. Of course B is for Beatles. How could it not be?

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    1. I had a brief flash of Bee Gees...but then I came to my senses.

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  9. Of course B is for Beatles. How could it not be?

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    1. Amen, Chrys! You were raised right.

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  10. Beatles are the only B that is should be

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    1. Exactly correct. Go to the head of the class.

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  11. Beach Boys are great.
    Beastie Boys first rate.
    But, there can only be
    the Beatles for me.
    Koo koo ka joob.
    Or however it's spelled.

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    1. You're speaking my language, Al.

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    2. Well, I AM the Egg Man.
      Seriously, "I Am the Walrus" is my favorite Beatles song.
      Which, I guess, is a little weird.

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  12. One of my A to Z Minions is doing The Beatles today too! Wonderful choice. I love Eleanor Rigby.

    Good luck with the 2015 A to Z Challenge!
    A to Z Co-Host S. L. Hennessy
    http://pensuasion.blogspot.com

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  13. The Beatles have the same lasting effect on their time period, while Elvis was just ahead of them and has the same sort of dedicated following.

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    1. You know, I love passion - if you're passionate about an artist, I think that is awesome.

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  14. The Beatles have the B locked up.

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    1. Truer words were never spoken. :-)

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  15. Cool theme, Cherdo! I was a little kid when the Beatles were all the rage... But I certainly remember their songs being played EVERYWHERE!!!

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    1. Here, there and everywhere...to be specific! Congrats on the new house, Michael1

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  16. I have always loved The Beatles. My first album purchased was Abbey Road, and I love all the songs on it. My favourite Beatle is, and always has been, Sir Paul McCartney. :)

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    1. I've seen him three times - great concerts!

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  17. Darn right, B is for Beatles! I was too young to get it when John died but with George, it was losing an old, dear friend. Have you ever watched Concert for George? Excellent therapy.

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    1. Yes, I think I watched everything and YouTube is my best friend now, ha ha. It filled in the gaps!

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  18. Very good choice! The Beatles were so great they drove the leaders of two of the other great bands of history insane trying to compete. Jagger never forgave Lennon the night the Stones had a party for the release of- I think it was- Honky Tonk Women, and he brought a demo of Hey Jude.

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    1. They were one of a kind - Jagger had a right to be worried! :-)

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  19. Love your theme for the challenge and love the Beatles! Good luck with the rest of the challenge!

    Daryl (Something Out of Nothing #1180)

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    1. Gotta go check you out, Daryl!

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    2. You're #1177 now, Daryl! My number changed, too.

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  20. Sweet tribute to the Beatles! Sounds like you are a year ahead of me in age. Probably share a lot of musical memories.
    Life & Faith in Caneyhead
    I am Ensign B ~ One of Tremp's Troops with the
    A to Z Challenge

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    1. Flipster! Happy to see you on our side of fifty.

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  21. I came of age with the Beatles, and will always hase a soft spot for their music.

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  22. Great topic! I remember my stepsister and stepdad being into the Beatles around 1980 or so but I never really got into them. I think I was too young to appreciate their music.

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    1. When they did the compilation albums and re-issued stuff, new listeners got on board - as well they should, right?

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  23. I love the way their music has touched my life!

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    1. It's my background music, too, Cathy! Thanks for stopping by. :-)

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  24. When I was younger I rebelled against the yucky old music of The Beatles. Eventually I came to my senses ;)

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    1. Whew! Last minute redemption for you! How can anyone not love the Beatles? LOL.

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  25. You would choose a song that makes me want to cry every single time I hear it. My oldest sister was in college when the fab four became popular. My parents went to visit her one day at Emporia State Teachers' College. They returned with Meet the Beatles, a gift from her. I remember that first appearance on Ed Sullivan. I was sitting in my little rocking chair, the one that's in my living room right now but I don't fit in it. I screamed throughout the entire performance, as did my remaining sisters who still lived at home. We each had our favorite Beatle.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. The most exciting night in my life was seeing Paul in concert at RFK Stadium. I couldn't believe it when John was murdered. Their music is the soundtrack of my life. When Paul started singing Hey, Jude during the opening ceremony of the London Olympics, I had the same catch in my throat that he had.

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    2. I knew you'd be a Beatle fan with me, Janie!

      Now, here is a weird co-incidence...I have a little rocking chair in my living room that was a gift for my first birthday. That jumped out at me. It's once wild coincidence.

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  26. This is a horrible thing to admit. but I remember when Lennon was killed. All of my friends and I were just old enough to be training bra wearing twits who were turned anti-Beatles because the radio stations played nothing but Beatles over and over for like a month in his memory. We didn't get the impact of that moment.

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    1. I was crazy about John Lennon. Stay tuned for L...

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  27. Watching George Harrison play on Ed Sullivan convinced me that I needed to play guitar. That's probably true for a lot of guys.

    John Holton
    Blogging from A to Z 2015 Cohost
    The Sound of One Hand Typing

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    1. Everyone needs to play something! George Harrison was ridiculously talented.

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  28. One of my favourite bands. Hard to choose a favourite song there are so many. In my life is a good number.

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  29. This fella I worked with at St. Martin's Press in NY loved The Beatles. I mean, loved them like you love them (that sort of love). We talked about them fairly frequently. He was of the firm mind that no mix tape was complete if there wasn't a Beatles song on it. However, it was MOST COMPLETE if you finished with Golden Slumbers, Carry That Weight, The End. Turns out I agree with him. Of course, no one makes mix tapes anymore. Do they? Can they?

    Oh yeah, that is kinda sorta what I'm doing with The Soundtrack Of My Life. Just another version of a mix tape.

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    1. That is a perfect mix tape, indeed! I need this guy as my best buddy - although my friend, Gary, probably holds his own with the Beatle stuff.

      There may not be mix tapes, but you better believe my mp3s are in a certain order!

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo