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February 8, 2004 | From Associated Press
It was black and white, and watched all over. In the days before color television, on the evening of Feb. 9, 1964, the Beatles appeared live in the living rooms of 78 million Americans via "The Ed Sullivan Show." That was four out of every 10 Americans, 19.5 million people apiece for John, Paul, George and Ringo. The Sunday night shindig incited a massive pop culture upheaval, inexorably altering music and television while launching what became the '60s counterculture.
January 31, 2004 | Randy Lewis, Times Staff Writer
It was 40 years ago next week that the Beatles taught their fans to shriek -- here in the United States, that is. In a watershed moment in cultural history, 73 million viewers tuned in to CBS' "The Ed Sullivan Show" on Feb. 9, 1964 to meet John, Paul, George and Ringo. Fans in England and much of Europe had been bonkers for the group for more than a year, but U.S. record executives were dubious that the new British bands would catch on here.
January 22, 2004 | Marc Weingarten, Special to The Times
Harry BENSON didn't want to be a glorified groupie. He photographed political events and natural disasters and political campaigns. In January 1964, he'd just been in Africa, capturing the upheaval that attended the end of colonialism. "I thought of myself as an important journalist," he says in a thick Scottish brogue. Indeed, Benson was on staff at Life magazine in the 1970s, and his pictures can still be found in the New Yorker and Vanity Fair.
January 22, 2004 | Randy Lewis, Times Staff Writer
I love conspiracy theories. The more outlandish the better. That's what made recent reports about a secret Beatles reunion in 1976 so irresistible. As the story went, John, Paul, George and Ringo quietly came together Nov. 2, 1976 -- six years after their painful breakup -- at a recording studio right here in Los Angeles. Evidently they wanted to see if the old magic was still there.
December 23, 2003 | Randy Lewis
Flat-out denials from representatives for Paul McCartney, John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono and a Los Angeles recording studio have not persuaded the curator of an auction website that a tape box offered on the site is less than absolute proof that the Beatles held a secret reunion in 1976. "Anything other than denials from the Beatles camp would be shocking," says Gary Zimet of the Moments in Time website (
November 18, 2003 | Randy Lewis
What did the members of the Beatles do when they were traveling the world? For one, they sent postcards, often to each other when they weren't on tour together. Ringo Starr recently came across a stash of cards he received over the years from John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison and has assembled reproductions of 53 of them, with his comments on each, into a 112-page book.
June 7, 2003 | Randy Lewis, Times Staff Writer
Over a loping reggae backbeat and an achingly gorgeous melody, British rocker Graham Parker squeezes emotional sparks out of a lyric venting a man's inability to articulate what he feels for the one he loves.
Money can't buy love--or downloadable music from the Beatles. Consumers can't purchase Beatles hits from any legitimate Web-based music service because the band's representatives haven't permitted the music to be sold that way. As a consequence, the only sources of Beatles tunes online are unauthorized song-sharing services, such as Internet chat rooms and MusicCity's Morpheus. A who's who of hit makers is missing in action, even from the services owned by major record companies.
November 6, 2001 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
Before Jessie Nelson began work on "I Am Sam," a wrenching drama due at Christmas that stars Sean Penn as a mentally handicapped father battling to keep custody of his 7-year-old daughter, the writer-director spent several months at the L.A. Goal center for people with disabilities in Culver City. It didn't take long for Nelson to notice something the center's residents had in common: Nearly everybody was a huge Beatles fan.
It started out as "Survivor With the Beatles." But now the continuation of "Breakfast With the Beatles" on KLSX-FM (97.1) following the death of longtime host Deirdre O'Donoghue in January has turned into "Breakfast With the Fab Five."
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