June 11: "Before They Were Fab: The Beatles Prior to Beatlemania" at the Frankfort Community Public Library
If 6 July 1957 (the day John Lennon and Paul McCartney met) is the first day of Beatles history, and if 10 April 1970 (the day McCartney announced The Beatles' break-up) is the last day of Beatles history, then that history lasted precisely 4,661 days.
Americans tend to think of their debut on The Ed Sullivan Show on 9 February 1964 as the start of the band, which makes sense because that's the defining moment for Beatlemania in America. But by that date, Beatles history was more than half over:
6 July 1957 to 9 February 1964 = 2,409 days (52%)
9 February 1964 to 10 April 1970 = 2,252 days (48%)
Saturday's presentation at the Frankfort Community Library will examine the origins and development of the band for the first half of their career, leading up to that all-important Ed Sullivan debut:
Saturday, 11 June 2016, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Frankfort Community Public Library, 208 W Clinton St, Frankfort, IN
Before They Were Fab: The Beatles Prior to Beatlemania
Before the number one records and the deafening screams, before Ed Sullivan and “She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah”, before the shaggy “mop top” haircuts and collarless suits, there were six future Beatles. This 90-minute multimedia presentation will trace the early history of The Beatles from John Lennon's founding of The Quarrymen in 1957, through their five seminal Hamburg residencies, and right up to the precipice of worldwide fame and fortune.
Would've enjoyed seeing your presentation. The Beatles were always fascinating, but I can't get enough of those early days, especially the trips to Hamburg. It's crazy to think "half" of the Beatles career was over by the Ed Sullivan American debut! If anyone's interested about more info regarding those early days, I'd highly recommend Mark Lewisohn's book The Beatles: All These Years, Volume One – Tune In.
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