Boomers and Beatles and Bands, Oh My


Aug. 28, 1966: Crowd watching the Beatles perform at Dodger Stadium. This photo was published in the Aug. 29, 1966 Los Angeles Times.

America Meets The Beatles

Ask almost any baby boomer if they remember the first time they saw The Beatles and I guarantee that more likely than not, they’ll remember it vivdly. There are few milestones in life that compare to the first time our generation saw the and heard the Beatles our very first time. For most of us, chances are we were planted in front of a black and white television set with rabbit ear antennas, while dad held them in optimum position for best reception (others used tin foil). Since there were only three tv stations at the time, and Sunday nights belonged to CBS, you were tuned into the Ed Sullivan Show. It’s hard to conjure up the memory of the first Beatles xperience without seeing Ed with his dapper suit and white linen pocket hankerchief, arms unfolded, excitedly announcing, “Ladies and Gentleman… The Beatles!!!”

In case you missed it, here’s the replay on Youtube.

In the following moments, something changed in me forever. I’m not the only one. If you talk to anyone who bore witness to this event, even non-fans, they will attest that a revolution had indeed transpired in those 3 minutes. For better or worse, America had just met The Beatles. It sure didn’t hurt the guitar industry.


Ed had opened the floodgates. He ushered what came to be known as the British Invasion. Over the next several years, a plethora of bands from Mother England invaded our shores and The Ed Sullivan Show was their prime destination. Lucky US! (or should I say U.S.) I’m not going to try and reinvent the wheel here. If you want in depth information on the Beatles or the British Invasion, there are sources all over the internet.
Thank you,
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  1. Hal

    Please add your thoughts and comment about your experience on this magical evening, if you’d be so inclined.

  2. Dale

    Hey Hal,
    You have a terrific, website. It brings me back to so many memories from my past. T.V. shows and stuff I haven’t thought about in years. I still have most of the music, though. It is hard to find good music this day and time. Thank you very much for the blast from the past. I look forward to checking back from time to time.
    PS. I used to love watching the dating game when I was young.

    1. Hal (Post author)

      I was on the Gong Show, too. Jamie Farr gonged us in 30 seconds. Just before we got to the chorus of “Don’t Touch Me There” by the Tubes. You had to be there 🙂


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