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Oldies Shows in Jukebox Land

  • The Belairs - Lions Lincoln Theatre, Massillon - Saturday, Feb. 22 at 7:30pm. Tickets & Info.
  • Hard Day's Night - Kent Stage - Saturday Feb. 22, 2020 at 8:00pm (Doors: 7:00pm). Tickets & Info
  • Million Dollar Quartet - MGM Northfield Park Center Stage - Friday, February 28 at 7:30pm.  Tickets & Info.
  • McCartney Project - EJ Thomas Hall, Akron - Saturday, February 29 at 8:00pm. Tickets & Info.
  • Three Dog Night - Akron Civic Theater - Thursday March 5, 2020 at 7:30pm. Tickets & Info
  • Dave Mason - Kent Stage - Saturday Mar. 7, 2020 at 8:00pm (Doors: 7:00pm). Tickets & Info
  • Herman's Hermits with Peter Noone - Akron Civic Theatre - Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 4:00pm. Tickets & Info.
  • Brit Floyd - Akron Civic Theatre - Friday Mar. 27, 2020 at 8:00pm. Tickets & Info.
  • 50th Anniversary - The Music of Cream - Kent Stage - Wednesday April 22, 2020 at 8:00pm (Doors: 7:00pm).  Tickets & Info.

Video of the WeekThe Beatles do "I Want to Hold Your Hand" live on the Ed Sullivan Show, February 9, 1964. A few bits of trivia concerning this iconic broadcast:

  1. The Ed Sullivan theater seated about 700 people (about the same of Kent Stage). There were 50,000 requests for seats.
  2. Sullivan had already witnessed Beatlemania crowds first hand at the Heathrow Airport in London. Fear of out-of-control teens worried Sullivan enough that he showed up at the Saturday rehearsal to lecture the audience -- something he never did.
  3. The Beatles' first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show was seen by about 73 million viewers (about 60% of US households). They returned eight more times (some pre-recorded) for a total viewership of about 250 million.
  4. The Beatles played five songs on Ed Sullivan: "All My Loving," "Till There Was You," "She Loves You," "I Saw Her Standing There" and "I Want To Hold Your Hand."
  5. George Harrison was coming down with tonsillitis, which forced him to skip rehearsals. He still did the show with a fever of 102°.
  6. Beatles manager Brian Epstein needed to book the Beatles on a major American TV show to get them a US recording contract.
  7. The Beatles were paid $10,000 for three performances, a decidedly "low-ball" figure, as Epstein was more interested in gaining exposure for the group (and getting that contract).
  8. The Ed Sullivan Show was not the Beatles' US TV debut. They were featured November 18, 1963 on the NBC News.
  9. While the Beatles were said to be unimpressed with American culture, Ringo was fascinated with American TV, and John Lennon with vending machines.
  10. The Feb. 9, 1964 Ed Sullivan Show was broadcast in black & white. The Beatles' last live appearance on Ed Sullivan was August, 1965, which was also the last black-and-white broadcast of the show. The Beatles' final appearance on Ed Sullivan was Feb. 15, 1970.

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