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The Rock-itt : May 2012
Yes, that’s how it was back in the sixties, the teenage girls were smitten by the fab four and if a guy could manage a bit of a Liverpudliun accent and your hair was in a Beatle cut, and even better if you actually looked like one of the Beatles, then your stakes in the girl meets boy section m ultiplied enormously. In Am erica the Beatles wowed them and soon to follow was their first film,”A Hard Day’s Night”, which really put the icing on the cake. A black and white spoof of virtually a couple of days in the life of The Beatles packed out movie houses around the world and brought out not only The Beatles’ wonderful music, but also their wit and sense of humour with which the world’s population fell in love. So the stage was set and on the 9 th February, 1964, The Beatles appeared on American television on The Ed Sullivan show which was watched by 73 million people. This was the exposure that Brian Epstein had wanted to launch his superstars. From virtually that moment in time the world changed for everyone connected to The Beatles. They had become household names overnight worldwide as a result of that famous television appearance just as it had for Elvis an age ago and the phenom enon of the sixties had changed into top gear. Dozens of British groups emerged and travelled to the United States and were welcomed with open arms. If you were British and played a guitar and were in a band, the world was an oyster and soon nam es like “The Rolling Stones”, “The Animals”, “Spencer Davis Group”, “The Who”, emerged and the world began to rock like never before. I can remember one group of the fabulous sixties era that had a whole swag of great songs which saw them constantly in the music charts. They called them selves “Herman’s Hermits”, and although having to be content like the rest of the British bands to stand in the shadow of The Beatles, they certainly brought out some really great pop creations. “Mrs Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter”, was just one of their numbers which suddenly made the crowd stop and ask who’s that? Peter Noone was lead vocals and front man for Herman’s Hermits and next month we will be looking at them as well as those other legendary rockers, “The Rolling Stones”, so don’t go anywhere in June until you’ve got your copy of The Rock-itt or you’ve logged onto our online issue www.therockittmagazine.com.au Also we have archives going back to Septem ber 2009, so you can go back through and read previous issues.......................Pete. Help us to keep The Rock-itt magazine out there by advertising in our pages. The cost is very affordable and the results are impressive. Call Pete on: Ph: 9975 1105 or 0438751101 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Let’s keep the music ROCKIN’ around the Beaches This Month: The British Invasion Continues Ed Sullivan, Brian Epstein with The Beatles 1964 The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show Herman’s Hermits join the British Invasion...Next month Billy.J .Kramer another of Brian Epstein’s prodigies