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Old Apr 27, 2007, 12:32 PM   #1
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Default Can you put a date/time on when you became a Beatles fan?

This question is open to Beatles fans from all eras - whether you saw them on Ed Sullivan, or first heard of them when the "1" CD was released...

I, myself, can place my official "Beatles Fanhood" at the year 1973. I was 6 years old, and I began hearing the songs, "Jet" by Paul and "You're Sixteen" by Ringo on the radio. I don't know what it was about these songs, but they hit a nerve with me.

Granted, these are solo Beatles songs. But, these two songs were the seeds from which my life-long fascination with The Beatles grew.

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Old Apr 27, 2007, 12:50 PM   #2
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I remember that I became a fan of Paul before even knowing the Beatles existed, because of that child song he had in the early 80's, We All Stand Together; so it was around 83 or 84.
I also remember that the two first Beatles songs I heard were All You Need Is Love and When I'm 64, and listening to the whole Sgt. Peepers album in the radio and finding Within You Without You very strange... I was just 9 or 10 at the time, what did I know?!

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Old Apr 27, 2007, 01:02 PM   #3
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i'd say the night that really generated my interest was the night wingspan was on tv in 2001. can't remember the date....
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Old Apr 27, 2007, 01:43 PM   #4
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It was around '91 or '92. I was going though my mom's collection of 45's and The Beatles were an instant favorite.
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Old Apr 27, 2007, 02:17 PM   #5
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It was around '91 or '92. I was going though my mom's collection of 45's and The Beatles were an instant favorite.
I Wish I Had At Least One 45.
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Old Apr 27, 2007, 02:34 PM   #6
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My friend saw A Hard Days Night on TV when I was away, and when I came back she was cursed! She had. Beatlemania! So, they grew on me too. That was 2004, I was 12... Good ol' times. I'm way more obsessed now than I was then. I mental now.
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Old Apr 27, 2007, 02:58 PM   #7
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For me it was in 1995, when they showed the Anthology on ABC as a 3 part special. That's when they started seeping into my blood stream and when I really became conscious of their global influence. After watching that, I decided they were the kings..no one was better!
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Old Apr 27, 2007, 03:03 PM   #8
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I believe I have known about the Beatles, was aware of them, from when I was about 4, hearing their songs on the radio and Ringo being Mr. Conductor on Shining Time Station and my father kept mentioning them. But I didn't become a true die-hard fan, as I am now until around Easter in 2002. But a few years before then, I've constantly heard them in numerous places. What I really think sparked my interested was in 9th grade when my English teacher put the lyrics to Imagine on the overhead and the class had a discussion about John and the Beatles. Then I heard the 1 CD and the rest is history.
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Old Apr 27, 2007, 03:22 PM   #9
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i was in sixth grade (1969) when i read the beatles authorized biography by hunter davies. i'd heard the music on the radio, and had parents who'd even bought a couple of albums for us (revolver and sgt. pepper), but somehow reading this book set off a spark that hasn't sputtered out in nearly --- yeesh! --- 40 years. talk about an eternal flame.
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Old Apr 27, 2007, 05:10 PM   #10
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I'd say the seeds were planted when I was a youngster in the early to mid 1970s when I used to play a warped copy to record 1 of the White Album that I got from my aunt and when my favorite song on the radio was "Got To Get You Into My Life" (but I didn't know that was by the Beatles at the time).

But I was first really hooked when my brother and I chipped in together to buy our first Beatles album (Magical Mystery Tour) in January 1981.
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Old Apr 27, 2007, 05:22 PM   #11
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It was Sunday, February 9th 1964, on the Ed Sullivan show. Even though my father was watching and declared "They look like like girls", I was immediately smitten!
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Old Apr 27, 2007, 05:28 PM   #12
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Although my earliest memory is of hearing "Hello Goodbye" on the radio when I was three-years-old ('68) and I was also a fan of the versions of Beatles songs featured in the Sgt. Pepper's movie ('78), it wasn't until I finally got copies of the original versions of the songs in about '91 that I would say my fandom began. But it was the Anthology releases and TV special that solidified my obsession and there's been no looking back since.
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Old Apr 27, 2007, 07:23 PM   #13
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It was Sunday, February 9th 1964, on the Ed Sullivan show. Even though my father was watching and declared "They look like like girls", I was immediately smitten!
Ahhhh... you were there from the beginning! (for America)

It's very cool to be reading replies coming from so many younger fans who have gotten into them in recent years. That's part of why I visit Beatlelinks - it restores my faith in humanity!
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Old Apr 27, 2007, 07:33 PM   #14
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i discovered the beatles (or they discovered me...who knows? ) in february of 2004, the 40th anniversary of their coming to the usa. i was 14 years old and in the ninth grade. there was a lot of stuff on the radio and in the news commemorating the anniversary, and my dad bought the "one" cd. i listened to it for several weeks straight and i haven't looked back!
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Old Apr 27, 2007, 10:03 PM   #15
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I was a young guy and had my first single record which was by the Rolling Stones (Little Red Rooster/Off The Hook) and from my pocket money I wanted to buy a new one and the man from the record store played a new single which was "She Loves You" by a band I did not know by then. This will have been August/September 1963. I was 6 then so it will not have been for the lyrics, but then, I still hardly listen to those...it was the sound.

I took it and got hooked.

Many years later I was talking to the record store owner on a tennis court and he even remembered I asked him about 6 times to play the single again before I left the store. I bought probably most of my Beatles collection there, which was 2 minutes bike from my home. Even All Things Must Pass.
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To be honest, I only started to get REALLY, REALLY into them last year when I was fourteen.
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As far as I can remember it was in early '98 when I was 6 years old.
My father took his old 45 collection out of our celler and listened to a them and there was one LP, which changed my life:
The Beatles 1962-1966 (Red Album)

From that point on, the Beatles were and still are my favourite band.
Soon after I listened to the 1967-1970 (Blue Album) which didn't impress me as much as the first one, but still was very good.

Christmas '98: I got the "One" Album on CD and the rest is history
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Old Apr 28, 2007, 05:43 AM   #19
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I'd heard the Beatles before, but I'd have to say that I first became a fan around September of so of 2006, at the beginning of my sophomore year in high school, when I bought my first Beatles CD, Magical Mystery Tour, which is probably still my favourite album.
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Old Apr 28, 2007, 06:06 AM   #20
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April 24, 1985 at 11:26pm.

Or the date and time I was born. :p

Seriously, I can't remember a time where I wasn't a fan. The CD collecting and the what not didn't start until I was 12, but my memories from when I was really little consist mainly of my dad playing his records on his day off and countless viewings of Yellow Submarine.
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