The Beatles and I - My Introduction to the Fab Four

The Beatles and I

It was early 1964 when I was first introduced to The Beatles. I hadn't turned ten yet, but I still remember all the awe and emotion associated with learning who the Fab Four was. It's been easy to remember, I've carried those same feelings for the past four plus decades. Believe it or not though, it did not happen immediately, as I didn't understand what was going on. It did not take long for me to get it, however. Once I did, that was it for me. I made a life time commitment.

It's The Beatles and I, all the way.

The Beatles and I

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The Deluxe Diner

My Grandma and Grandpa Bates standing in front of 'The Diner'
My Grandma and Grandpa Bates standing in front of 'The Diner'

The Kitchen at The Diner

My dad and I in the Diner's kitchen 1961.  Note the fashionable polka dots and saddle shoes.
My dad and I in the Diner's kitchen 1961. Note the fashionable polka dots and saddle shoes.

The Beatles Touch Down on American Soil 1964

The Beatles and I - "A Beginning" - My Introduction to the Fab Four via Lillian

My younger sister, parents and I lived with my paternal grandparents, upstairs over top of the Deluxe Diner, which was and still is, situated in the tiny hamlet of New Sarum. Grandma and Grandpa owned the Diner, my parents worked in it and my sister and I stayed out of the way. Well, mostly.

One day, I was sitting on the steps going down into the kitchen, for no reason in particular. I was a shy child, but liked to come out from behind my books and Barbies once in a while to peek at the outside world. The only other person in the kitchen just then was Lillian, one of the local girls that cooked and waitressed for my grandparents.

Lillian was pencil thin and wore very tight skirts. She was tall, so I suppose she had good legs, but I don't know. I was a kid and a girl. I really didn't know or care about such things. I do know that she always crossed them when she read the paper, and the day I'm talking about held no exception to that. She sat there, long legs crossed, leaning back against the dumbwaiter. Her highly teased bleach blonde hair was visible over that day's edition of the newspaper. While I thought that a funny sight, it was not nearly as comical as when she pulled the paper away from her face.

Poor Lillian was nearly blind, even though she probably wasn't twenty yet. She had to wear glasses to see anything. Very large, very thick glasses, what we used to call, 'coke bottle glasses'. They made her blue eyes and masscaraed lashes enormous. I mean B-I-G! I never was quite sure whether I was more amused than frightened, or the other way around.

All that aside, myopic Lil liked to read the newspaper. That day, the one where it was just she and I in the Diner's kitchen, she read aloud to me one of the news items. I don't remember the exact wording. It was a report about a new music group from England. Apparently, they had arrived in North America and teenage girls were screaming and fainting over them before the four group members had even left the plane.

I'd never heard of such a thing. How silly. Crazy, really. I was confused, didn't understand at all, though I felt a bit stupid for not understanding.

"Have you seen them?" Lil was still looking at the paper but talking to me.

No, I hadn't seen them, didn't know what she was talking about. She showed me the picture that accompanied the article. I looked at a black and white photograph of four men in suits, standing on that stair thingy that they push up to the airplane doors so people can get out and down.

"They're called, The Beatles."  Like that made everything clear. 

I was still perplexed. They needed haircuts, boys didn't have long hair. I still didn't understand what the big deal was. Lillian seemed far more impressed than me, so I figured that it must be a grown up thing, you know, something that had you had to old (at least 17) to comprehend. Basically, I dismissed the whole business and went to hang out with Barbie.

Little did I know that in a couple of weeks, those long haired guys would become one of the biggest, longest lasting loves of my life.

The Beatles and I - Ed Sullivan Gives Me "A Taste of Honey"

Every Sunday Night, I watched the Ed Sullivan Show. I was glued to that table top RCA for the whole hour that show was on, hoping to see Topo Gigio or Lambchop. Sometimes, Jimmy Durante was good for a laugh, too.

One Sunday night, about two weeks after the episode in the kitchen with Lillian, I was laying on the couch, paying rapt attention to what Ed was saying. I didn't want to miss hearing that evening's line up of guests.

I don't have any memory of the exact date, only have it in the mental archives as being February 1964. I looked it up. It was my sister's sixth birthday, the 9th. I'm not sure how I lucked out having the T.V. to myself in light of it being her birthday, but I did. I seem to recall that she was off to the side somewhere playing quietly.

So it was that I was alone with Ed, comfortable on the couch while crossing my fingers that I would get to see that cutest little mouse in the whole wide world, Topo Gigio. Was he on the show that evening? I haven't the faintest idea.

Ed Sullivan introduced that new group that Lillian had told me about, The Beatles. I heard someone coming up the wooden stairs from the kitchen in a hurry. I can't remember for sure, but I think it was my mom and maybe one other woman. They had read in the paper that the Fab Four was making an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show and didn't want to miss it. Me, I just wanted Topo Gigio and if that wasn't possible, than give me Sherry Lewis and Lambchop. I'd change my mind in about a second and a half.

Before the first chord was strummed, the audience started going wild. In fact, girls were screaming as soon as Ed mention The Beatles. What a strange thing all this was! I watched, trying to understand. Everyone else seemed to, I didn't why I wasn't getting it. Then it happened.

At the first sound of a guitar, I got chills. As they progressed to singing, I swung my legs to the floor, sitting up and leaning towards the set. The camera was showing close ups of their faces. My God they were beautiful! I was mesmerized. I was literally moved to tears. Pretty strong emotion for that age. I hadn't turned ten yet, but I was pretty sure that I had just fallen in love. What I didn't and couldn't know at the time was that those same reactions to The Beatles would never, ever change. My fate with them was sealed, my love a commitment.

Not a long time after my introduction to the Fab Four, I devised a plan to run away to England to marry Paul. You may think it silly, but I was convinced it was a good, solid plan. I even packed a bag and got up in the middle of the night in preparation to execute my brilliant, no-fail scheme. That's another story, though.

My love for the Boys has remained constant. I have memorabilia, music, books, but that's not what it's about for me. It's about how some part of me resonated and connected with The Beatles and their music that February night in 1964. It affected me deeply. 

That's why it's The Beatles and I - forever.


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ProCW 7 years ago from South Carolina

Look at little Shirley... so CUTE! :)

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ProCW 7 years ago from South Carolina

You know you've got my thumbs up! :)

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Uninvited Writer 7 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

What a surprise! :)

Wonderful hub. I laughed about you just wanting to see Topo Gigio :) I have a Beatle's memory. I was having a birthday party...I think it was 7 or 8. I just remember that we were just sitting down to cake when the Beatles came on TV...everyone ran out of the room to see them leaving me alone with my cake.

My friends and I loved the Beatles, we used to pretend to be them. I usually got to be Paul, playing my tennis racket with my left hand.

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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Aww, thx, CW!!

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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi, Susan. Yeah, I figured nobody would ever guess that I would write about The Beatles. :)

Awww, they left you alone with your birthday cake? That's so sad. I hope you ate theirs, too. Hey, your birthday must be Feb. 9th then, same day as my sister's. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SUSAN!!

We occasionally tried, but there was never 4 of us together at the same time. New Sarum had a total population of about 15. Did you listen to the 45's on a portable record player? My first record was a Beatles one, of course. It's still here.

Thanks for acting surprised! :)

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In The Doghouse 7 years ago from California


The Beatles will always be a classic love affair! Their music rocks!

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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

In The Doghouse, you understand! Yes it certainly does, and always will. As long as I'm alive they'll never be dead.

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Uninvited Writer 7 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

No, my birthday is November 29th. I still lived in Scotland than and we knew about the Beatles before the US did :)

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Uninvited Writer 7 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

I know it's totally unrelated but I saw Across the Universe yesterday. I loved it, the music made it

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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Lucky! You had a head start on me with the Boys.

I finally saw all of Across the Universe on Thursday or Friday (forget which). I liked it! Because of the music, naturally. And it is related, being The Beatles' music and all.

I still think it's sad that they left you alone with your cake! :(

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Pam Roberson 7 years ago from Virginia

Oh no you don't. Paul is MINE! :D

Shirley, this was such a lovely read. Of course, I now see that everything you write is amazing. I loved the pictures, and I loved your saddle shoes. :) And I really enjoyed your first memory of the Beatles.

For some reason, I don't have a first memory of them. My first early memory of a band is watching the Jackson 5 on TV singing...i can't remember what they were singing. lol! Did they sing a song that bad apple don't spoil the whole bunch girl, gimme one more try before you give up on love...or something like that?

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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

The Beatles I have many great memories of their music from the sixties and on, good read, thanks.

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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Excuse me, Pam, but Paul and I were practically married! He doesn't know it, of course, but it still counts.

Why, thank-you, Pam. I'm kind of blushing at such words. I'm glad you enjoyed the pics and I am forever grateful that you said something about my beloved saddle shoes.

The J5 did indeed sing about that one bad apple. Hmm, if that's the first group that you remember, then I'm guessing that you're younger than I am. Used to be everyone was older, not sure at exactly what age it started going the other way.

Thanks for reading and leaving me such a sweet comment!

Thank-you, Bob! Yeah, you can get a flood of memories from The Beatles' music. They wrote so much of it!

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Uninvited Writer 7 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

Ahem...the Osmonds had a song about One Bad Apple :) The Jackson Five did ABC and I want you back :)

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Bruce Elkin 7 years ago from Victoria, BC Canada

Great bit of memoir. Luved it! Did you know that before they played in the US, the Beatles had played live over 12,000 times. Think Hamburg; 7 days a week, 8 to 12 hours a day. No wonder hey were so good.

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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Susan, you are absolutely right! Actually, ABC was the song I was getting it mixed up with (how'd you know?). Thanks-a-lot!

Sorry, Pam - I steared you wrong! My bad.

Hi, Bruce. Yeah, I think they got a lot of practise at The Cavern. I did not know that they had played a whopping 12,000 times!

I tried to get the YouTube of Ed Sullivan introducing them in this part of the world, but the video has been removed due to copyright violation. Too bad.

Thanks for sharing that Beatles trivia, Bruce. Always glad to learn a new fact about my boys!

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guidebaba 7 years ago from India

1964? I not not even born then.

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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

Great hub, Shirley! The Beatles' inaugural appearance on Ed Sullivan is one of those memories that I can't remember if I remember directly or just remember the Ed Sullivan Show and remember the Beatles, a so put the two together. I think I did see the show that night. It's become such a national memory!

I do remember "Meet the Beatles" was my first album. Those Lennon/McCartney harmonies got into my bloodstream and have stayed there ever since. I totally get your relationship with the Fab Four. I think it would be hard to find a person of "our generation" who doesn't share the same feelings!

Meet The Beatles Song List

Side One 1. "I Want To Hold Your Hand" (Lennon-McCartney) First of 19 #1 singles in the US and The Beatles' best-selling single worldwide2. "I Saw Her Standing There" (Lennon-McCartney)3. "This Boy" (Lennon-McCartney)4. "It Won't Be Long" (Lennon-McCartney)5. "All I've Got to Do" (Lennon-McCartney)6. "All My Loving" (Lennon-McCartney)

Side Two1. "Don't Bother Me" (George Harrison)2. "Little Child" (Lennon-McCartney)3. "Till There Was You" (Meredith Willson)4. "Hold Me Tight" (Lennon-McCartney)5. "I Wanna Be Your Man" (Lennon-McCartney)6. "Not a Second Time" (Lennon-McCartney)

Ok -- so do you have a favorite or least favorite Beatles album? Song? (so many to choose from)!

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quicksand 7 years ago

My favorite is "Here Comes The Sun".

My other favorites are "I Feel Fine", "Penny Lane", "Yellow Submarine", "The Ballad of John and Yoko" ...

Thanks for writing a hub on the Beatles. :)

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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

I love Abbey Road and Rubber Soul albums. Quite a few on White Album, too.

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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

With me it was the "Meet the Beatles" album.  It was my brother's, but he soon abandoned for harder music. Good thing too.  I still have it today.  Topo Gigio was also my favorite!  I couldn't wait for him t o come on Ed Sullivan.

What I find even more intriguing is your living in a diner.  This is like my fantasy come true (especially with that hot, long-legged, myopic waitress, languidly crossing her legs as if to say, "you want 'em fried or scrambled!).  Have you written about this?  I want to read about it, and the "run away to marry Paul" is a must-write.

I'm going to get you a t-shirt that says:  I went to England to marry Paul and all I got was this lousy fish and chips.

It's like we were seperated at birth or something, except you were the one who got to go live in the diner.  I'm so jealous!  Great work!

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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

I love the Beatles and they are a great band. I love the nostalgia you express by including a autobiography and pictures here, which make the story even more real. I feel the same way about the Moody Blues as you do about the Beatles, so I can appreciate loving a band.

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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Umm, Guidebaba...are you rubbing it in that I'm older than you? (just a few months, I'm sure  :))  That's okay though, you can still love The Beatles.

MM, you're right.  Remembering where you were the first time you saw/heard The Beatles is internationally akin to remembering where you were when you heard Kennedy died. 

The song that hits me hardest on the emotional reaction scale is HELP!  I don't know why, but every time I hear it, it evokes such a strong reaction from me.  Also absolutely LOVE "I Saw Her Standing There".  Most of their early stuff brings tears to my eyes.  That probably sounds stupid, but that's what it does to me, I don't know why, it just gives me chills.

You're right, there are sooo many to choose from.  I have favourite songs on all the albums, and each song carries a memory. 

Thanks for listing all those song titles, MM!  I have a new writing assignment to start, but I must listen to the boys today.  It going be Beatles day here at my place.  If anybody wants to join me, bring beer, wine and chips, we'll make a party of it.

Actually, I have a bottle of tequila and a marguarita mix, if you prefer.

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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Quicksand, "Here Comes the Sun" is beautiful, isn't it? So is "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", I think.

"I Feel Fine" was the first record that I ever had. I got it as a 45 for Christmas the year I was 10, along with a portable record player. "She's A Woman" was on the flip side (still is). I only had the one record, so you can imagine how many times I played it, dancing (or trying to) like they did on Bandstand and those shows with go-go dancers.

Ballad of John & Yoko reminds me of high school. Back then, that song had parts bleeped out when it was played on the radio. The word Christ (Christ, you know ain't easy) was not allowed on public airwaves, at least not when used in that manner. In that song, John mentions that they went to Gibraltor to get married....I went there and saw where it happened! Not very exciting, I'm sorry to report, don't know what I was expecting.

Thanks for reading and commenting on my hub about The Beatles, Quicksand!

MM, are you old enough to remember when Abbey Road came out? And there was all that controvery about Paul being barefoot because he was dead??

I love those 2 albums, too. Oh, let's face it, I love them all!

Christoph! Bro! Mom never would tell me who my conjoined twin was. :)

Ah yes, the old 'Diner envy'. I got a lot of that growing up. Let me tell you, I would've traded with you any day. Contrary to popular belief, you get to eat only when there are few or no customers. If you are 8 years old and that means 9 at night, you get pretty darn hungry. My sister started eating cold weiners because she could reach them in the fridge. I never could do that - yuck!

There was a spell when my mom made arrangements with the neighbour girl's mom for the girl and I to take turns eating lunch at each other's place during the school week. That way, I would get a chance to see what it was like eating in a normal (sort of, they had 8 kids) home, and the girl got to experience the Diner. I don't know what the mothers felt the results of the little experiment were. It quit at summer vacation and just never happened again.

Re writing about it, I didn't realize that I wanted to until I wrote this. There are some bad memories that go with it, but mostly good ones and I think I'd love to do more. Think I will, don't know when. I have to be a little careful, a lot of people involved are still alive. :)

I'm excited about my new T-shirt! Will it have 18 year old Paul's face on it? Please, not the current one. I fell out of love with Paul when started that ridiculous group, Wings.

Thanks for your encouragement, it means so much to me!

SweetiePie, the Moody Blues are a good group (the wine by the same name, not so much). They were best back in the day, of course, with the original members, but I think that's true regardless of what group you're talking about. I think there's a site that plays just their music online.

I'm glad you like The Beatles, it always makes me gasp a little when someone says they don't. I now don't understand how anyone can dislike them.

Thanks for your kind words, and coming by to read!

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quicksand 7 years ago

Well Shirley, I remember walking back from school to my friend's house as his brother had bought the single "I feel fine". Although previously I had heard that track on radio, that was the first time I really heard it on a full blooded hi-fi set up. The start of the song where it goes "dnnngggg-waewww" ... (I guess it was Paul McArtney on sitar) really puts me on a spell! me chills, I would say!

Here comes the sun is great to play just before sunrise. :)

Thanks for reminding me of "till my guitar gently weeps". I had completely forgotten it.

Perhaps you remember the American band called the Monkees, who at that time resembled the Beatles. They recorded tracks like "I am a believer" ... "the last train to Clarksville" ... and some other chart toppers.

:) :) :)

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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi Quicksand, oh yes, I do remember The Monkees! I have a Monkees t-shirt. Michael Nesmith was my favourite for awhile, but then it just had to be Davy jones.

I love their song, "Sleepy Jean". Also like "Valleri". Actually, I like most of their songs.

I only recently found out that The Monkees have been referred to as the Prefab Four. :)

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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

Hi Shirley, just left you an email saying I was on my way here.  You must be wondering what happened.  All these comments you have are grrreat!  Had to read them all.  Interesting to learn that about the Monkees being referred to as the Prefab four. 

The Beatles were always my fav too and look what they did for us.  In the other hub you wrote on the fab four we just had soooo much fun and became good friends, through the love of our boys, how about that...

Shirley, "do you want to know a secret"?  I was so madly in love with the Beatles like you that I stole a Beatle record and got caught.   My mom was really mad because I had the money to pay for it in my pocket but I wanted to save the money so I could buy another record later...LOL   That was the only time in my life I got the belt from my Dad and it was the same night that the Wizard of Oz was on.  Talk about fright!!!! LOL that's why I am the way I am...LOL  LOL  LOL ...well Shirley you did say you wanted to know a secret, didn't you. LOL  Peace Baby Sister, Peace!

Oh BTW did I mention how much I LOVED this hub and you were soooo adorable in your bib!

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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Oh, Dottie, you are so much fun!

Yes, I guess we can thank the boys for bringing us together!  So many wonderful came about as a result of their music!  How can anyone not love them?

*gasp!*  Naughty Dottie.  LOL, this long after, your secret is a funny story, but I'll bet it wasn't at the time.  Your poor little behind.  Hope you didn't have nightmares that night.

I popped in to see if you had arrived, but now alas, I must go back to my income work outside of HP.  You know, Hard Day's Night and all that.

Thanks, Naughty Dottie!  (I'm enjoying that a little too much!)

Add on: Well, thanks, but the info is wrong on the site. The one in the bib is actually my younger sister. The one that liked cold, raw weiners. (blahhh)

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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

Shirley, do you promise not to tell.  I ate raw weiners too!  Tell your sister she looked so cute in the bib.

I grew up practically in diners.  We had one in town, who didn't back then but whenever we went someplace with family no matter which state we were in, my father knew where all the diners were even the one's tucked in the out of the way back corner of its little town.  I was in Canada once, I'l  have to ask my Dad if I was ever in your diner! 

Take care!

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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

Shirley: I figured the truth about living in a diner was something like that.

I didn't like Wings when they first started but I like their music OK now.  That reminds me of a mean joke, which I will share and hope that I don't offend anyone.  It sould be told out of the blue of course, rather than in this context which gives it away, but, the joke was:

What do you call a dog with wings?

Linda McCartney!

P.S. I ate raw hotdogs too.

Cheerio for now!

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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

Ooh ah ooh -- this hub is becoming a literal walk down Penny Lane! So many great memories of the Beatles. So interesting to read other hubbers' favorites. Yes, I do remember when Abbey Road came out. And all the hype about Paul being dead, etc. More vivid to me is when I first heard Rubber Soul which was so DARK and haunting -- very different from the fun pop of their first stuff. I had an album that is difficult to find called Beatles VI. It had some great songs like "Kansass City" "Mr. Moonlight" (John at his best) and "I do't want to spoil the party so I'll go." And one I love about "Baby's in black and I'm feeling blue" (I think the title is "What Can I Do?" I also love "I Saw her standing there." When my son was growing up that was one of the songs I used to sing to him going to sleep and taught him to sing with me! Later I trained him to listen to a Beatles song and be able to tell which Beatle was singing. It's really clear the different voices and styles of songs -- My hubby loves George Harrison's work. I'm sure he didn't coin this but he says it whenever we listen to one of our many Beatles CDs in the car: Ringo was the Happy Beatle, Paul was the Romantic Beatle, George was the Spiritual Beatle and John was the Angry Beatle. As if I (or anyone else) would have trouble telling them apart:)!

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Madison Parker 7 years ago from California

You couldn't have been a teen in the 60's and not have been a Beatles fan! Their music changed our world and affected our lives in a deep way. When I hear a certain Beatle song, it takes me back to a specific moment in time. Not many artists have achieved that, or anything close to it!

Great hub!!

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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

Oh I love the Beatles I do there is no denying that. Actually in my opinion in some ways the Moody Blues are just as good today if not better than when they were younger. Actually all the original members are still in the band, except for Pike Pinder who left because he wanted a life at a normal pace back in the seventies, and Ray Thomas who decided he wanted to retire in 2002. The new flutist Nora Mullen is phenomenal, but not many people realize how phenomenally excellent if not better the Moody Blues are today because they do not follow the band is closely as I do :). I am here to educate everyone about the Moodies, they are still top notch :).

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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

OMG! This would be so much fun if I didn't have such a headache!

I love all your comments and I'll be back tomorrow when my eyes aren't burning to answer them, sorry! and promise.

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tony0724 7 years ago from san diego calif

Thank you for the read . I was only 3 years old when the Beatles hit the Ed Sullivan show ,which also was a major part of my early years . I do however own almost every album they ever made .And It never ceases to amaze me how younger generations also know the words to all of their songs . Without a doubt the most significant band of any era !

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tony0724 7 years ago from san diego calif

Oh and by the way REVOLVER Is my favorite TAXMAN Is such a great beginning to that album !

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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa

Great Hub lovely memories of your childhood. I have ived with the Beetles forever and "Love me do" and "Please please me" are the quitessential beetle songs ( and sounds) for me. My hair was in that Beetle fringe and I was actually called "Beetle" at work becuse I was so hung up on them. I recall saying in the early 60's that the Beetles would be to modern music, what Beethoven was in his day (before "Rollover Beethoven" was recorded). I was amazed at Lennon when he said " the Beetles are more popular than Jesus" which caused Beetle records to be banned from being played on our National Broadcast station (the SABC).

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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

How could I forget the Beatles? I was named Michelle because when I was born in 71' they were the hit then! LOL Loved hearing your story Shirley. It's easy to imagine you in the diner and house and all... :-)

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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America

This was a fun Hub to read! However, my favorite part is your living over the diner.

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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

I will tell my sister, Naughty Dottie. I still think it's a gross practise, though, something I just can't do.

I still haven't responded to your response email!

Ask your dad if he ever went to New Sarum. I'll faint if he says yes. New Sarum had VERY few people in it. They've built a sub-division now though, so there might be a thousand people by now if you count all the farmers and people on the back roads, not sure.

Thanks, Naughty Dottie! I like that name - Naughty Dottie, Naughty Dottie. ;)

Christoph, I must be mean too because I laughed out loud. Thanks for that, I needed it.

MM, we had an album with that cover, but I don't remember what the album title was (if it was Beatles VI or not). Doesn't matter, I didn't get any of our Beatles records in the divorce. :(

Oh, I love 'Mr. Moonlight'! John was a great musician. I liked his Rock 'n' Roll album with old 50's songs that he sang on it. I used to listen to it over and over again. Gotta agree with you too, about Baby's in Black, great song!

I've never heard what your husband calls the boys, but I guess it's a good system for identifying them if you don't know. I don't think you or I will ever have that trouble! George Harrison was talented, too. Oh heck, I loved them all!

Thank-you, Madison! And I agree, it's impossible not to love Beatles' music if you're from that era. I may be a little biased, but I'm definitely with you on that one. Their music does the same thing to me. Each song represents a different place or experience that comes back to mind when I hear it again. Thanks for lovin' the Boys!

SweetiePie, you know a whole bunch more about the Moody Blues than I ever did! Wow. Have you done a hub on them yet? This week would be perfect! I'm glad you like The Beatles, too, though. The more Beatlemaniacs, the better!

Tony, I'm thrilled that you like The Beatles, even though they started a little before you time. You're right, they are the most significant band, ever!

Taxman is good, but I also like I'm Only Sleeping (also on Revolver), really like it, actually.

Tony, you have great taste in music!

Sixty! I sat here trying to picture you in a Beatles cut, bet it was very sexy! I love that you were (are?) such a big fan. While I like all their music, their early stuff holds a special place in my heart, so I like those songs A LOT!

Re what John said, he has always claimed that it was taken out of context. It certainly caused a big ruckus, though. If he said it today, I don't think it would have the same effect.

Michelle! I didn't know that you were named after a Beatles song! That's great, I love that. Glad you enjoyed the story.

Patty, thank-you. That seems to be the favourite part for most. I think I'll have to write more about that when I get the chance.

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tony0724 7 years ago from san diego calif

Oh by the way Shirley that Monkees song you were referring to Is actually called "Daydream Believer " not Sleepy Jean . And the Monkees were part of my TV consumption along with Adam West In Batman and Johnny Quest In the mid to later 60s . It Is really fun to reminisce here ! Oh and Michael Nesmith from the Monkees was actually quite a accomplished guitar player too !

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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

LOL @ u Shirley...Naughty Dottie Angel makes a quick note, no raw weinies for Shirley she likes F-cup cookies, marguaritas and wine, lol!

It's fun singing to myself as I read and remember all the Beatle songs, Mr. Moonlight, I don't want to spoil the party, awwwww and Michelle My Belle!

I loved Daydream Believer mentioned above too, Great song.

I liked the Moody Blues too like SweetiePie.  First song comes to mind is Nights in White Satin!...and then Isn't Life Strange... 

I've got to go now tend to things, I'll see ya Shirley from the Good Naughty Angel!

BTW the Beatles hubs are always so much fun, I'll have to come back!

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tony0724 7 years ago from san diego calif

Oh and by the way Sweetiepie " Lovely to see you " Is my favorite Moody Blues song . Of course with at least 12 more I love .

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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Tony!  OMG, I'm off today.  It isn't age, right?

Batman was MY SHOW, I never missed it, not for anything, ever.  I haven't watched the movies made in recent years because it just wouldn't be the same.  I want to remember it as it was.  :)

I remember hearing that Michael Nesmith was quite accomplished.  Think I heard a long time ago that he went into something to do with making music videos.

You remember Johnny Quest?  That was another show I just loved!  Hodgy and Bandit and...and....and I can't remember his name!  Not Ace.  Hmmm, maybe you remember.  The guy that helped Dr. Quest.  Wait!!  It was Reese!  Whew, I feel better and less geriatic now.

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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Well hi, Naughty Dottie! :) :) I like it, it's cute!

Um, yeah - hold the raw weinies, please, bring on the wine and marguaritas! Not too sure about those F-Cup cookies. Do they go with wine and marguaritas? Suppose I could dip them.

You come on back whenever you want! This hub is open 24 hours to serve you.

A Beatles hub just wouldn't be the same without you, Dottie Angel!

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tony0724 7 years ago from san diego calif

The guys name was Race Bannon he was my cartoon hero !

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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Wow this is definitely a trip down memory lane worth taking. But I'm a little sore because you actually lived the Beatlemania while I have to make do with great stories like this!

Anyway, thanks for this trippy bit of nostalgia! :D

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earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

My son did a cover of "here comes the sun" with guitar and vocals over skype last night. as he wants to know if it is "tidy" enough to sing for his new girlfriend as she apparently loves the song, so the new generations still love this music from the fab four.

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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa

I see I used the grammatically correct spelling Beetles forgetting that the Beatles had mis-splelled Beetles as Beatles and had stuck to that spelling. I must be getting old or something!

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NDBEES 7 years ago from DEVON

Jumped up, talentless, over rated, bunch of Scousers. I can't believe how many people fell for that rubbish.

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kbdunn 7 years ago from Seattle, WA

Fantastic story, the Beatles are one of my all time favorite bands!

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Anna Marie Bowman 7 years ago from Florida

Wow!! Great job! I, too, love the Beatles!! I grew up listening to them, thanks to my mom and step-dad. I thought about doing something on The Beatles when I saw this week's topic, but now I am really glad I didn't. You did an amazing job, and I never could have come close!

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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Tony - Ace + Reese = Race? I was in the ballpark, but didn't quite get there. Glad you're here to remember this stuff!

Cris! I haven't seen you in a while, I've been a little busy. I have a couple of younger friends who have both told me that they wish they'd lived through it. I'm sorry you missed it, but glad you didn't miss my hub. You can visit my Beatles hubs anytime to get another taste of nostalgia.

Earnest, that's so sweet! Has he sung it to her, yet? Did she love it? I'm glad that you instilled a love of The Beatles in your son. Guess it's up to our generation to make sure that it gets handed down to the younger generations.

You, Sixty? Never! I just thought it was a funky South African spelling or play on words. You're creative, not old!! Never old!

NDBEES - I don't know what a scouser is, but I take it that it's not complimentary. Sorry you don't like the Boys, but luckily there are a ton of groups and musicians for every taste. Thanks for coming by!

Kbdunn, thanks! I'm always happy to have a fellow Beatlemaniac come and visit!

Hi Anna Marie, thank-you so much! Ohh, I like your mom and step-dad, they raised you on the right music. Of course, I'm a little biased.

If you decide to do a Beatles hub for the HubMob, I'll be very excited to read it! I'll keep an eye out for it, since it's certain to be amazing, too!! :) (Yeah, that was a ginormous hint)

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dayzeebee 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hahaha what a great material for a period movie from the point of view of a little Shirley's eyes revealing the undying effect of the Beatles! You've got yourself the right characters -- the cute innocent shy girl in saddle shoes, the myopic blueyed blond waitress, the typical all american parents and grandparents and of course the beatles. You have tons of actual video and audio materials of that era! Now please write the screenplay and submit to producers immediately! This is not an order. This is a plea.......pleeeeeaaase! LOL. Thumbs up!:)

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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa

Calling back the past is fun even if you actually lived it too!

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hipattrick 7 years ago

Music of beatles has entertained millions of people. Beatles music is just superb and will go on to be loved till centuries. Great hub.

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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Daisy, I never looked at it that way, never occurred to me that anyone would want to see a movie about my beginning obsession with The Beatles. Hmm, I do have old 8 mm movies from then, too. Hmm again, writing a screenplay used to be one of my writing goals. Haha, I'll have to think about this, Daisy. Thanks for suggesting it, and the thumbs up!

Sixty, you're right. I think it makes the memories even nicer. I'm wondering if you ever got to see them in person.

Hi, hipattrick! You said it! I hope their music never disappears. Thanks for those nice words about the Boys.

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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

I hope you are feeling better. You've been work so hard here for everyone else's benefit! So...I have a little surprise for you!  You know how up there I said I was going to get you a t-shirt....well....

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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

Hey Shirley, I was thinking of you this morning while I was listening to the top 40 Beatle song countdown in Boston, voted 2/7/09 by the people: Oh, you want the countdown, ok, here you go, little sis...

40. Anytime At All, 39. Penny Lane 38. If I Fell 37. Birthday 36. No Reply 35. Get Back 34. Please Please Me, 33. Sun King Medley 32. Twist and Shout, 31. Sgt. Pepper's/With a Little Help

30. You've Got to Hide your Love Away 29. Come Together, 28. I've Just Seen a Face 27. The Ballad of John and Yoko 26. Blackbird 25. Do you Want to Know a Secret 24. Oh Darling 23. You're Going to Lose that Girl 22. Here, There, and Everywhere, 21. Love Me Do

20. When I'm 64 19. revolution 18. Let it Be 17. Norwegian Wood 16. While my Guitar Gently Weeps 15. Lady MaDonna 14. A Hard Day's Night 13. I Will (Love you Forever) 12. All my Lovin 11. It Won't Be Long

10. Help 9. The Long and Winding Road 8. Eight Days a Week 7. All you Need is Love 6. Yesterday 5. I want to Hold your Hand 4. Something 3. She Loves You 2. Hey Jude 1. In My Life

Oh the memories. I sang, I danced and I lost 5 lbs. :)

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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

Wow, Dottie! Thanks for the countdown. I'm shocked to see their #1 song is "In My Life. I thought that was my secret favorite song! I would have expected Hey Jude to be the popular choice.

Now I need to go put on some fast songs so I can lose 5 lbs, too!

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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks, Christoph, I am feeling better. Thanks too, for the shirt surprise!!! That was, well, a SURPRISE! A really touching and delightful one. I'm very excited about it and can't wait to see it! You are the world's biggest sweetheart.

Naughty Dottie, I just got back from London (Ontario) where I was visiting family, so this was a fun surprise from you. Like MM, I did not expect to see "In My Life" as number one. It is a really pretty song, but not usually the one that springs to mind (at least for me) when The Beatles are mentioned. I considered countering with my list of top 40 and realized that I was only fooling myself - I'd never be able to make a final decision on that. There are wayyyy too many that are my favourites. I'd end up with 40 songs tied for the number 1 slot. :)

Dottie, I love that you had so much fun with it, dancing and singing and keeping track of the song list. You are a true Beatlemaniac! That's official now, if it wasn't before. Thanks for the list, Dottie. How would I get by without you?

MM, I too, thought that one of the more popular songs would have made it to the number one spot. Glad your favourite made it there, though.

Maybe dancing to Beatles tunes should be a new weight loss method. Sounds like a whole lot more fun than dieting.

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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

Hi Shirley, thank you for those musical links. Will I ever stop getting the goose bumps when I hear the Beatles. I doubt it. I hope not.

I'm passing by to... oh I see you hubbing...I thank you for showing me how to spy on just left a message on this hub "Today we had a visit from Hell...hahaha, I like spying...

Well anyway are you watching the Grammy awards right now. Paul McCartney just finished singing "I saw her standing there". He performed with the Foo Fighters. He may be back on, I'm not sure. I think I heard he is being nominated for a grammy but I don't know what....gotta go check more out! Later! :)

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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa

Shirley Regrettably no they never came to South Africa and by they time I started travelling the world they were no longer together. I was in Dallas visiting the Kennedy museum when John Lennon was shot though. Strangely enough, I was also in Dallas when Reagan was shot! But I digress. I did get to see the Stones though (my next choice from that era).

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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi, Dottie! I hope you never stop getting goose bumps when you hear the boys, too. I'm pretty sure that I never will.

Now, how were you able to spy on me? I was wearing my fedora and trench coat, I thought I was totally incognito!

No, I didn't see the Grammy Awards. How was it with Paul singing a group song? Was it great? Was it not so great? An abomination?

Well Sixty, they did come to Canada but I still didn't get to see them, unfortunately. Hmm, you were in the states when John Lennon and Reagan were shot? Quite a coincidence! Hope you had good alibies. :)

I like the Stones, too. Watched the concert that did for Bill Clinton the other day. It's amazing the way Mick still moves like he did when he was 20.

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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa

Shirley just as another amazing coincidence, I was in New York staying at The Stouffer hotel in upstate New York. the day after I left for Washington, the Hotel burnt down and the entire executive Of the Arrow Group (potentially the Microsoft of the day) were all burned to death and the company was no more. I played tennis on the indoor court right next to the conference centre and I noticed that the doors opened the wrong way. I believe the New York fire laws on door exits were changed after that incident.

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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Geez, Sixty!  Umm, are you coming to Canada anytime soon? You're dangerous!

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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

Happy Valentines Day Shirley from Naughty Dottie Angel

on the Beatles Valentines Day!  Enjoy :=)

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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

Awwwwww Shirley you've got to have this one too!

The Beatles Girl Tribute - Words of Love!

Cheers to ALL the Girls :)

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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Awww, Naughty Dottie!! Thanks for the Valentine's Day gifts! Aren't you sweet!

I wasn't able to get on here for long yesterday and it was late at night, so I missed wishing everybody a Happy Valentine's Day. :(

The boys were sooo young in a lot of those pics, it brought back memories. I loved the pics of them with their kids when they babies and toddlers.

Belated Happy Valentine's Day, Dottie, and thanks for such thoughtful gifts. See, you are a true angel! :)

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aikidk01 7 years ago

Shirley - Being older than dirt, I can remember watching the Fab Four on Ed Sullivan. It is actually amazing the they put in more than 10,000 hours of performance in Liverpool and Hamburg before the reached the USA. They will always be my favorite, and as corny as it is, I love to Early Beatles through the White Album. There are too many favorites to just know that they have a special place in my heart. Danny

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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Danny, if you're older than dirt, I wanna know your beauty secrets!

I don't think it sounds corny, at all. I feel exactly the same way. They are emblazoned in my heart forever, they are a part of my life and memories (especially the early stuff)

Jeez, I've got relatives that I wouldn't say that about!

So nice to see you again, Danny! By the way, have you had that Godzilla party yet?

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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

Hi Shirley, thank God for compu-smart's birthday hub so we could be reminded that today is George Harrison's birthday.


Me and Shirley miss you sooooo much. We are celebrating with you in spirit! Thank you for singing 'My Sweet Lord' in the video. You are soo sweet! Here's the link so Shirley can hear you sing too.

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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Awww, Dottie! That is so sweet of you, thanks!

I am embarrassed to admit, that I remembered to call my nephew tonight and wish him a happy 14th birthday, but I forgot George's!!! I am a baaaad Beatlemaniac! Oh, I am so ashamed! :(


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Creativologist 6 years ago

Great hub. I remember watching them that February night as if it was yesterday. It changed my life and I believe it strongly influenced my becoming a musician. I have the DVD sets of all their Sullivan appearances. (Great DVD set by the way, all the shows with original commercials as they aired at the time).

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Shirley Anderson 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks, Creativologist! Always happy to meet a fellow Beatlemaniac.

I imagine the Boys would be happy to know that influenced you musically. Do you play Beatles music?

Loved Ed, he used to have great acts on his show. Love those old commercials too, now more than when they where current. :)

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