Thursday, February 9, 2012

Today In Oldies 2/9/2012

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The Day Rock N' Roll Changed Forever

Most music lovers know that today is a banner day in music history.  48 years ago today, The Beatles flew across the pond and charmed a nation with their first of three appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show.  73 million TV viewers were watching that night, at that time a record audience and still one of the top 25 most watched single episodes of all time! 

Here are 5 things you may not know about that night.........

1) The Fab Four didn't quite realize the gigantic audience Sullivan commanded every Sunday night on CBS, nor did they realize the show business influence he had.  When they arrived at the studio and discovered the mob of people waiting, John Lennon became very nervous.  So nervous, in fact, that he taped the lyrics of the songs they were to perform to the back of his guitar.

2) The Ed Sullivan Show marked the first actual in-studio American television appearance for The Beatles, but it was not their first time on American television.  A month or so earlier, footage of one of their British concerts was shown on The Jack Paar Show

3) Initially, Sullivan only planned to book them for a single performance at top dollar.  The Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein, had a different idea.  Seeking additional exposure, he agreed to less money for three appearances with the guarantee that they would receive top billing, both opening and closing each episode.

4) Over 50,000 ticket requests were received by Sullivan's staff for a studio with a seating capacity of only 700.  Many celebrities who requested tickets and were personal friends of Ed Sullivan didn't get them, including legendary composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein! 

5) The Beatles weren't the only rock stars performing on the show that night!  Though he was still several years away from conquering the pop charts and record store cash registers, another young British singer appeared as part of the cast of the Broadway musical Oliver!  He was........future Monkee Davy Jones! 

Here is what 73 million people were glued to the evening of Sunday, February 9, 1964......



Golden Hits Radio's Burning Question of the Day

February 9 is a day where stars were born with The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show, but which rock and roll pioneer who was the first rock and roll artist to ever appear on Sullivan's show, died on February 9, 1981? 

Come back to Everything Oldies tomorrow to find the answer, and leave a Comment below with your best guess!

Yesterday's Burning Question (and Answer) of the Day

Which "supergroup" announced their formation February 8, 1969? 

Answer:     The short-lived "dream team" of Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker of Cream, Steve Winwood of Traffic, and bassist Rick Grach of Family, a.k.a.................Blind Faith



June 14, 15 – Fallsview Casino, Niagara Falls, ON
June 16 – Bethel Woods PAC, Bethel, NY
June 17 – Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT
June 19 – Bank of America Pavilion, Boston, MA
June 22 – Jones Beach Ampitheater, Wantagh, NY
June 23 – Ceasar’s, Atlantic City, NJ
June 24 – Meyerhoff, Baltimore, MD
June 26 – State Theater, Easton, PA
June 27 – Mayo Center, Morristown, NJ
June 29 – St Augustine Theater, St. Augustine, FL
June 30 – Seminole Hard Rock Arena, Hollywood, FL
July 1 – Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, FL
July 3 – Tuscaloosa Ampitheater, Tuscaloosa, Al
July 4 – The Wharf, Orange Beach, Al
July 6 – Fox Theater, Atlanta, GA
July 7 – Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN
July 8 – Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, IL
July 11 – Usana Ampitheater, Salt Lake, UT
July 13 – Northern Quest, Spokane, WA
July 14 – St Michelle Winery, Seattle, WA
July 15 – Edgefield, Portland, OR
July 17 – Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA
July 19 – Humphrey’s, San Diego, CA
July 21 – The Greek, Los Angeles, CA

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