Beatlemania In The 1960s Essay

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Beatlemania in the 1960sThe Beatles were a mystical happening that many people stilldon't understand. Phenomenoligists had a ball in 1964 withBeatlemania, a generally harmless form of madness which came fromBritain in 1963. The sole cause of Beatlemania is a quartet of youngEnglishmen known as the Beatles. In the less than one year that theyachieved popularity in England to the time they came to America, TheBeatles achieved a popularity and following that is unprecedented inthe history of show business in England. They became the firstrecording artists anywhere in the world to have a record become amillion-seller before it's release. They became the target of suchadoration by their fans that they had to cancel all one-night bookingsbecause of riots in early 1964. Beatlemania had reached unbelievableproportions in England, it became a form of reverse lend-lease andspread to the United States. Capitol records followed the Beatles'single record with the release of an album, "Meet the Beatles," inlate January of 1964. That event was followed by the Beatlesthemselves, who arrived in New York February 8, 1964 for threeappearances with Ed Sullivan. The first show was scheduled for Sunday,February 9, the second was telecast from Miami a week later, and thethird pre-taped for an airing in March. These concerts were the mostwatched television programs ever (70 million viewers) until recently.The Beatles' arrival in the United States was presaged by a deluge ofadvance publicity. Newsweek, Time, and Life have chronicledBeatlemania, UPI, and the AP(Associated Press) had done their part forthe cause (including an AP wirephoto of J. Paul Getty sporting aBeatle wig), and even Vogue shoved high fashion aside momentarily init's January, 1964 issue and carried a full-page photo of the group.Baltimore's respected Evening Sun took notice of the coming of theBeatles on it's editorial page at that time. Said the Sun: "TheBeatles are coming. Those four words are said to be enough to jellythe spine of the most courageous police captain in Britain... Since,in this case, the Beatles are coming to America, America had bettertake thought as to how it will deal with the invasion... Indeed, arestrained 'Beatles, go home,' might be just the thing." Preciselyhow, when, and where Beatlemania got started nobody- not even theirlate manager Brian Epstein(who died of a drug overdose in 1967) cansay for sure. The Beatles are a product of Liverpool, which had apopulation of some 300 rock and roll bands( or "beat groups," asLiverpudlians are wont to call them). The beat groups hawked theirmusical wares in countless small cellar clubs, old stores and moviehouses, even in a converted church, nearly all of which are inproximity to the Mersey River. Out of all these groups came, somehow,the Beatles. And they had to go to Germany to do it. In order tobetter their Liverpool take-home pay of around $15. per week apiece,John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo (so calledbecause...

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