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Re: How Did YOU Discover The Beatles?
« Reply #680 on: January 17, 2011, 04:17:04 AM »

I started hearing Beatles music from the time I was born. My parents often played their albums while I was growing up. Additionally, when I was in the first grade, my teacher played Beatles albums for us while we did our work, and she would also have us sit on the rug, and would play her guitar, and teach us Beatles songs (I remember learning Octopus' Garden and Yellow Submarine, in particular). I however, did not take much notice of the Beatles at that time. Sadly. Reason being, those were my Elvis years. From the age of 3 on, I was madly in love with Elvis. When I was 9, that all changed. I spent much of my time that year (1990) in the hospital, going through some major life-threatening stuff (which luckily, I made it through). When I got out of the hospital, I had lost my way musically (partly understandable after what I'd been through), and got into a band that was popular at the time. My parents noticed how musically lost I had become, and cured me by giving me Abbey Road for Christmas that year. I was hooked from the very first note, and have not looked back. I've been a die-hard Beatles fan for 21 years now. ;D
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Re: How Did YOU Discover The Beatles?
« Reply #681 on: January 18, 2011, 05:31:40 AM »

^ Great story BeatleChick! Welcome to the Fourm. :)
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Re: How Did YOU Discover The Beatles?
« Reply #682 on: January 19, 2011, 04:00:18 AM »

Thanks!  ;D
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Re: How Did YOU Discover The Beatles?
« Reply #683 on: January 30, 2011, 10:23:55 PM »

I heard the Beatles were coming to America and were playing on Ed Sullivan's Show. I was out with my brothers and parents Sunday eve 1964. All I wanted to do was get home to watch this new group called The Beatles! From that point, February, 1964, I was hooked and now have the great fortune of playing in a cover band of the greatest music ever produced. ;yes

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Re: How Did YOU Discover The Beatles?
« Reply #684 on: January 31, 2011, 11:06:26 AM »

Welcome aboard cavernplayer and a great story to start with. ;D
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Re: How Did YOU Discover The Beatles?
« Reply #685 on: February 20, 2011, 12:29:57 PM »

Well, my dad is a Beatles listener but I didn't get it from him, strangely. I get everything from him, it seems. :) It was a day in school, we had music class. It was about The Beatles. I already liked them since my dad listened to them, so I was excited for the last upcoming 4 weeks of Beatles. Everyday I started listening to more from them and in about half a year it was my new favourite band. :)
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Re: How Did YOU Discover The Beatles?
« Reply #686 on: February 24, 2011, 04:55:55 PM »

Wow, I wish my school had Beatles day in music class! You must have had a very cool music teacher.
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Re: How Did YOU Discover The Beatles?
« Reply #687 on: February 24, 2011, 10:31:18 PM »

Wow, I wish my school had Beatles day in music class! You must have had a very cool music teacher.

Our music teacher also gave us dance lessons. One of the songs we always had to dance to was 'When I'm Sixty Four'. We had some really cute girls in our class so I've got good memories of that song. ;)
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Re: How Did YOU Discover The Beatles?
« Reply #688 on: February 25, 2011, 03:06:02 AM »

I just started getting into The Beatles a couple years ago and I'm very glad I did.Well I really hope my story I'm about to tell doesn't sound like a sob story,it's not meant to be at all.My dad left me when I was 3 and I haven't heard of or seen him since,I'm 14 now.One of the only things I know about him is that his favorite band are The Beatles.Whenever a Beatles song would come on the radio my mom would say "Your father loves The Beatles" and I'd always feel sad while listening to a Beatles song knowing he loves them more then he'll ever love me.Ever since I was 12 I can't help but think of my dad all the time now,I decided I'd start listening to The Beatles so I could feel like I was connected to him somehow.That's how I got into The Beatles but it's certainly not the reason I love them.I love The Beatles because their music is very beautiful and great and they'll always be my favoritest band.The funny thing is I never think of my dad while listening to The Beatles,I'm happy he was the one that got me motivated to listen to this beautiful band though...If only we could enjoy The Beatles together and talk about them,I love fantisizing about that.I hope you liked the way I discovered The Beatles :)
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Re: How Did YOU Discover The Beatles?
« Reply #689 on: February 25, 2011, 04:23:20 AM »

Jema, I think what you just wrote was one of the most beautiful reasons for "getting into" The Beatles I have ever seen.

Welcome to the Forum.  Please continue to share your feelings about The Beatles and their music with us.

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Re: How Did YOU Discover The Beatles?
« Reply #690 on: February 25, 2011, 12:17:55 PM »

Jema, our reasons are very similar.  My story is probably a few pages back now, but I too had my Beatles-loving dad leave me when I was too young to remember who he was.  Isn't it funny how something like a song can bring you close to someone you barely even know?  Welcome to the board, Jema.  I hope you make lots of friends and have a great time.  ;)

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Re: How Did YOU Discover The Beatles?
« Reply #691 on: February 26, 2011, 01:54:45 AM »

Jema, our reasons are very similar.  My story is probably a few pages back now, but I too had my Beatles-loving dad leave me when I was too young to remember who he was.  Isn't it funny how something like a song can bring you close to someone you barely even know?  Welcome to the board, Jema.  I hope you make lots of friends and have a great time.  ;)

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I just read your reason and I thought that it was very moving.I'm sorry that your dad left you also at a young age.Also thank you for the welcoming :) !

Jema, I think what you just wrote was one of the most beautiful reasons for "getting into" The Beatles I have ever seen.

Welcome to the Forum.  Please continue to share your feelings about The Beatles and their music with us.

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Thank you,it's touching that you think that it's one of the most beautiful reasons :) Thank you also for the welcoming!
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Re: How Did YOU Discover The Beatles?
« Reply #692 on: February 26, 2011, 02:54:44 PM »

Wow, I wish my school had Beatles day in music class! You must have had a very cool music teacher.

Well I changed school because of bullying and my current music teacher always gives me Beatles questions. x)
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Re: How Did YOU Discover The Beatles?
« Reply #693 on: March 10, 2011, 07:12:50 PM »

hi chanya here. ooh... well from what i hear ive listened to the beatles my whole life. but my fisrt memory was about 7 or 8yrs. my mom was listening to the long and winding road and i was hooked since then. beatles are more than a band to me. they helped discover who i was. it was not easy growing up being black listening to classic rock and reggae due to my family being jamaican. jamaicans listen to everything, lol. music over there is not as segregated like it is in the states. one station can play country, rap, rock, anything... and thats how music was in my house.
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Re: How Did YOU Discover The Beatles?
« Reply #694 on: March 11, 2011, 08:37:00 AM »

Good story Chanya. Nice avatar as well. ;D
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Re: How Did YOU Discover The Beatles?
« Reply #695 on: March 11, 2011, 02:46:26 PM »

  In my capacity as Beatles correspondent for a magazine ( ear Candy), I wrote this a couple of years ago...it seems like yesterday, but this year I'm 61 !!




In 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 myself.....so 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 Yorkshire...it 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 group..it 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...

    FIRST BEATLES BROADCAST FROM A STUDIO
    People and Places
    Studio 4
    Granada TV, Quay Street, Manchester.
    Weds 17 October 1962.
    6.35 - 7.00pm
    B/W
    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 friend..now 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....

Me?

It will always be that dark, cold October night all those years ago.
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Re: How Did YOU Discover The Beatles?
« Reply #696 on: March 11, 2011, 03:12:03 PM »

Brilliant story!
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Re: How Did YOU Discover The Beatles?
« Reply #697 on: March 30, 2011, 12:22:19 PM »

Great memories.

It's always a treat to hear stories from people who were actually there..if you know what I mean.
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Re: How Did YOU Discover The Beatles?
« Reply #698 on: April 10, 2011, 06:53:54 PM »


This is a great thread; I really love reading people's different stories about how they discovered the Beatles.

I myself was a Beatles late bloomer, not really getting into them until my last year of college, when a friend's boyfriend let me borrow some Beatles and Paul solo cassette tapes, but I quickly became besotted and have been ever since. I'm not sure why it took me so long to realize how awesome they are. 
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« Reply #699 on: April 12, 2011, 08:08:58 PM »

It was in 1973, the red and the blue album had just been released in Germany, I was 12 years old. I listened to them visiting my elder cousin, I got a kick on it immideately and made a tape copy of both albums. The next two or three months the Cassette player didn't really stop....... That was the beginning of an everlasting love to the sound of the Beatles. I started collecting their albums, first the german editions, than I travelled to GB and came back with British albums, thats the way the story began. Later I began to collect every vinyl and CD bootleg I could get. The latest coup was the remastered Box-Set last year, and I really love it.
I really hope that the Let It Be DVD will be released as soon as possible.
Love, love love................................
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