It was fifty years ago this week....
The Ed Sullivan Show was on CBS for many years, but, for baby boomers of a certain age, it was that one Sunday night in early February of 1964 that will be remembered most. It was just two months after the assassination of President Kennedy, and it was a winter of gloom.... until word got out that a British pop group named the Beatles was going to be invading the U.S., and we would finally get to see them with our non-comprehending parents in glorious black and white on, of all places, The Ed Sullivan Show.
There was nobody who didn't watch. There was nobody who wasn't talking about the show in school the next day -- the songs, the haircuts, which one is your favorite Beatle? -- and music would never be the same. You know the rest of the story. It all happened fast and seems like only, well, Yesterday.
P.S. John was always my favorite Beatle.