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Old Jan 03, 2010, 09:55 PM   #1
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Default Earliest Bealtes memory?

What is your earliest Beatles memory?

The Ed Sullivan show? Shea Stadium? Maybe a song on the radio or seeing an album in a store? If you're younger, maybe hearing Junior's Farm or Mind Games on the radio. You found out Paul McCartney was in a band BEFORE Wings.A lot depends on your age.

Might be interesting to see what people say.
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Old Jan 03, 2010, 10:14 PM   #2
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Receiving my first Beatles album at age 3, Jan 6, 1989 (yes, I even remember the date... well, my dad wrote the date on the album sleeve!)

My dad also tells me that he and I used to fall asleep together listening to his tape of his favourite White Album songs when I was very little and couldn't fall asleep on my own... I wish I could remember it directly.

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Old Jan 03, 2010, 10:25 PM   #3
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I've said this before, but I can't remember a time when (if) the Beatles were not a part of my consciousness. My earliest contact must have been hearing them in my crib...

But I do distinctly remember sitting in my living room (where the only stereo was located) when I was about 4 or 5 and poring over the lyrics on the back of Sgt Pepper's... I was so saddened by the song "She's Leaving Home" -- I wondered why she had to leave, so I kept reading the lyrics over and over....
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Old Jan 04, 2010, 04:56 AM   #4
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I had become a Soviet Beatlesman when in the age of 13th my father bought me the bootleg "A Taste of Honey". While listening to these records (in the first place I remember the "PS I Love You"), as well as the "A Hard Day's Night" LP I realized that I was destined to be born a Beatle-fan.
Later, together with like-minded classmates, there was the peak of our "Beatlemania" in 1990-1992. Searching the new for us albums, songs, photos, newspaper articles, etc. What a greatest time it was been!
Today I try to keep abreast of developments creative group and its members, mainly due to the russian Beatle-resource.

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Old Jan 04, 2010, 06:32 AM   #5
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My dad's always loved the oldies, so as a kid I always had heard of the, but didn't really know anything about them until I walked in on my dad watching AHDN when I was in second grade. I loved it and insisted we did out his soundtrack, and we rented that movie over and over and over again. We moved onto Help! as well. Then, of course, I moved on in second grade fashion, but came back in eighth grade.

EDIT: Oh wow wow wow, just realised that the passage of time between my first Beatles phase and my second one is the same as the passage of time between my second one and today! I am old!
Words are flowing out,
Like endless rain into a paper cup.
They slither wildly
As they slip away
Across the Universe...

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Old Jan 04, 2010, 07:40 AM   #6
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I wrote this ( under another name) for Ear Candy Magazine...but it fits in this thread perfectly...

n 1963 the Socialist Newspaper, The Daily Worker described the Mersey Sound as the voice of 80,000 crumbling houses and 30,000 people on the dole.

A comment which in it's own way was equally as pretentious (and nonsensical) as William Mann of The Times, citing the "Aeolian cadences" of Lennon's vocals on Not A Second Time as the song draws to a close, and comparing it to Mahler's "Song Of The Earth".

Lennon, years later, remarked: "To this day, I have no idea what Aeolian cadences are. They sound like exotic birds."

At the time, I was a 12 year old boy and had no idea that either comment had been made...would I have cared if I had? Probably not.

But I'm getting ahead of I'll rewind to the early winter days of October 1962. We lived in a reasonably prosperous town in the North of England and although there wasn't the entertainment available that there is today, young teenagers had a pretty good time of it. In my town there were 3 cinemas and the Mecca dance hall which catered for all age groups...Saturday mornings for under 12s , afternoons for under 15s and Monday nights 15 to 18. It was here that I discovered Phil Spector and many others although this education would in no way prepare me for what was about to explode in to my life. As usual after tea, I could be found in front of a roaring coal fire watching our black and white TV, waiting for something of interest to appear...and oh boy, it certainly did! The Regional news programme that we had in those days was "2 People and Places" broadcast from Manchester over the Pennines and into would be another 7 years before we had our own station!! I have this memory of the presenter, a gentleman by the name of Mike Scott introducing a new was the Beatles. Four young men with outrageous (for the time) hairstyles suits and boots miming (lipsynching) to either Love Me Do or P.S. I love You...I'm still not sure which I saw first. Contrarily the official Granada site has this to say...

People and Places
Studio 4
Granada TV, Quay Street, Manchester.
Weds 17 October 1962.
6.35 - 7.00pm
Earning £35 for their appearance The Beatles performed Some Other Guy and Love Me Do in this their very first transmission!

Unfortunately, the performance does not exist anymore as it was wiped from the vaults by Granada TV. Some other Guy, I don't remember at all from then, although I do recall the famous cavern episode being shown later... I still remember this strange tingle down my back, my face flushing and nearly crying all at the same time!! I'd fallen in love with 4 men!!

Daredn't tell my Dad (who later hated them with a passion) but it wasn't homoerotic love, just what the rest (most) of the world experienced 12/18 months later. After the broadcast I begged, took returnable glass bottles back to the pub and got a "sub" on my paper round money until I had 6 shillings and 8 pence, the cost of Love Me Do in 62...didn't realise then, that it was "red label" as was Please Please Me a few months later. By that time “those of us who knew” had heard about the Helen Shapiro Tour..and desperately wanted tickets.

Luckily I had a friend (Linda) whose Mum worked in the Box Office at the cinema where they were appearing, and so it came to pass that on the evening of February the 7th 1963 me, Neil (my best in Australia) were in the Regal Cinema Wakefield waiting for them to come on stage. I wish that I could say that I remember the event with startling clarity but I can't. I know they closed the first half and sang Please Please Me...but the impact was nothing like the 10,000volts I'd received a few months before.

And so the story continued buying everything on the day of release, collecting the Bubble Gum cards, the posters and things too many to mention which with the passage of time have disappeared along the way.

For some there abiding memory is where they were when JFK was assassinated, when Princess Diana died or 9/11....


It will always be that dark, cold October night all those years ago.
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Old Jan 04, 2010, 07:54 AM   #7
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Mine was at age nine (number 9.....freaky lol) Anyway, My physical therapist at that time used to sing me A day in the life. It peaked my interest so my mom bought me Rubber Soul. That's my memory....Learning a day in the life before I ever heard the recording. That's also why that song is so special to me.

I've seen your flag on the marble arch
Love is not a victory march
It's a cold and broken Hallelujah

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Old Jan 04, 2010, 11:01 AM   #8
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I have 2 first memories because I was so young, it's hard to differentiate the passage of time:

When I was 2 1/2, I told my mother than I was going on a date with "Beatle John" and we were a serious couple.

Around that same age, my parents and I were on the way home from church. My mom told me to listen very carefully to the radio because it was the last day our favorite radio station would be on the air. I listened very was an all-Beatles radio station! I specifically remember being about halfway home, looking out the left car window, and hearing "Blue Jay Way."
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Old Jan 04, 2010, 12:35 PM   #9
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I remember being in my grandmas garage just looking through old piles of junk when i was a kid and finding an old record collection from the 60's -80's that apparently everyone forgot about. She gave them to me as a gift. I took them home and used an old record player my mom had way back when. The first record ive ever played was "let it be". I had known the name beatles but never really listend to any music. I fell in love after hearing Across the Universe. Im actually sitting next to "let it be" right now as i have it displayed in this room.

EDIT: I got my 1 year old listening to them now. He loves Abbey Road. When "come together" comes on he says "shhho" along with john and with "she came in through the bathroom window" he dances around, also with her majesty
I read your thread today ooh boy..

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Old Jan 04, 2010, 01:22 PM   #10
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Well the first "contact" I had with them is when I was 4 and while my parents used to go shopping on Saturday mornings, my two brothers and me used to gather 'round the TV set and watch cartoons. One of those cartoons was The Beatles' ones. Then a series of magical approaches happened (like when my eldest brother told me he had just seen the film Imagine at the movie theater -I felt kinda strange and envious, lol-; or when, years later, an uncle of mine lent a tape where you could listen to Macca's Hope of Deliverance - I loved it and then I could find the videoclip-). It was just magical. I was born to appreciate their work.
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Old Jan 04, 2010, 02:10 PM   #11
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I used to love to jump up and down and say "yeah, yeah, yeah" when I was a toddler. "She Loves You" was my favorite song in those days.

At 5, I said proudly, "I know a Beatle song whenever I hear one." By age 11, I was a full fledged Beatle maniac and there was no turning back (not that I'd WANT to. ...)
With a love like that, you know you should be glad, yeah, yeah, yeah!-- Beatles, 1963

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Old Jan 04, 2010, 04:01 PM   #12
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being the only one who liked it when my music teacher played yellow submarine
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there's nothing like an afternoon of drinking homemade butter milk and listing to old music.

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Old Jan 04, 2010, 04:14 PM   #13
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watching them on 'the royal command performance' when i was a wee laddie in england.
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Old Jan 04, 2010, 05:31 PM   #14
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When the single "I Want to Hold Your Hand" was getting played on the radio back in the olden days.
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Old Jan 04, 2010, 06:14 PM   #15
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I've already mentioned this on another thread. It was in January of '64, I saw the film of them which was aired on the Jack Parr Show, performing "She Loves You". I was hooked from the first "yeah yeah yeah". I was 6 years old.

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I remember the boys playing "She Loves You" on their transistor radio or something and my dad hollering for them to "turn that crap down!" lol

And there were the cartoons on Saturday morning.

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Sorting out the red Skittles from a bag of them in my bedroom and listening to Penny Lane. I was about 7.
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Originally Posted by BeatleNut9 View Post
When I was 2 1/2, I told my mother than I was going on a date with "Beatle John" and we were a serious couple.
That is the cutest thing I've ever heard! Don't we all WISH we were a serious couple with our Beatle of choice.

I don't really have a distinct early Beatles memory. I do recall, though, being about 3 and being repulsed when my Dad mentioned a certain song was by the Beatles. When I was younger, the only thing I could associate with the group was a bunch of big, black bugs crawling around our garage.
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Originally Posted by DizzymissLizzy909 View Post
That is the cutest thing I've ever heard! Don't we all WISH we were a serious couple with our Beatle of choice.

I don't really have a distinct early Beatles memory. I do recall, though, being about 3 and being repulsed when my Dad mentioned a certain song was by the Beatles. When I was younger, the only thing I could associate with the group was a bunch of big, black bugs crawling around our garage.
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Hmmm, I cant really remember a time when I didnt know them. Obviously at some point I didnt. But they were just always there. I guess my earliest memories would include watching Yellow Submarine, watching Beatles Cartoons on MTV, and hearing the records my mom would play on Saturdays while she cleaned the house. But they were pretty much the same ones. She rarely played any of the later stuff. She also played a lot of Paul's solo work, at the time it was most likely Flowers in the Dirt that she played most often.
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