Almost 50 years ago, Beatlemania kicked off in America and changed the face of rock 'n' roll. But the whole Beatles phenomenon as we know it — with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr — might never have happened without some good old-fashioned U.S. red tape.
The Beatles were honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award Saturday at a pre-Grammy event in Los Angeles. Ringo Starr was joined by George Harrison's widow, Olivia, and John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, at the ceremony.
On Feb 7, 1964, just 77 days after the JFK assassination, the Fab Four stepped off of Pan Am Flight 101 at the newly-minted Kennedy Airport. The city and the Beatles would never be the same. They say the world doesn't change in a day. But one day, it did.
The Beatles superstars performed Sir Paul's song Queenie Eye to a rapturous crowd including Yoko Ono at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles. Sir Paul also proved members of the Fab Four can still trump the Rolling Stones when his collaboration with Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear, entitled Cut Me Some Slack, beat Doom And Gloom by the veteran British band.
When Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr play the Grammys Sunday night, it will transport a lot of us back to a watershed time in America when everything seemed possible. It takes Mike Mitchell back to the magic moment 50 years ago when he stood on the stage with a camera as the Beatles' performed in DC, their very first concert in the United States.
She was once blamed for the break-up of The Beatles and it was said that Yoko Ono was resented by her former husband John Lennon's bandmates. But nowadays, Yoko is rather chummy with the likes of Ringo Starr, and the pair showed what good friends they are at an event on Saturday.
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Less than 24 hours after the curtain falls on the Grammy Awards, organizers will be ushering music's brightest stars under the spotlight for another really big show.
One month after the Beatles receive the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys, another institution is honoring them: Vans will be releasing its first-ever footwear collaboration with the Fab Four on March 1st. The collection, which contains four pieces, all feature artwork from the Yellow Submarine album and film and retail between $65 and $75.
The Beatles never really were the squeaky-clean boy band many Americans embraced 50 years ago on their debut tour of the United States, but their continued sampling and open use of drugs throughout the 1960s led many to think they tarnished their decent boys-next-door image.