Hello Fab Fans! I'm a new member and thought this would be the most logical thread to begin my posting history on the forum. Although I grew up during the '60s, and was aware of the Beatles and liked their music, it wasn't until 1976 that I really had that "WOW!" moment.
I'd never seen any of their movies prior to '76 and it was during a "dead day" at school (9th grade) that my Social Studies teacher announced to the class that he was a big Beatles fan and "A Hard Day's Night" was being shown on the local TV station that morning so he was going to let us watch it with him. Two of my friends and I enjoyed it so much that when classes changed we convinced our next period teacher to let us continue watching it.
I enjoyed their wit and humor but was absolutely impressed by the quality of their music. That very weekend, I asked my mom to take me to the local record store and I bought the single AHDN/I Should Have Known Better from the "oldies" bin. It was on the Apple label with the cool black sleeve with the Apple script in green. So, not only did I absolutely love that single for the songs (and both sides, too!) but that label and sleeve were like icing on the cake for me.
At the end of that school year my family moved to another state and my older sister soon had herself a boyfriend - and he just happened to be a Beatles fan. He had 1967-1970 and Rock-N-Roll Music on 8-track and those were the first two Beatles Lps I ever listened to - and I loved them.
Soon after, I bought 1962-1966 on vinyl and the rest, as they say, is history. So it was the "red album" that really sold me on the Beatles. Of course, like all good Beatlemaniacs, I went on to acquire all of their Lps (all of the U.S. Capitol releases and many imports as well), and most of their singles, over a relatively short period time.
Now my 14 year-old daughter is discovering the Beatles and she absolutely loves them. All I can say is that I am one proud and happy father!! She and I have such an enjoyable time when we ride in the car talking about the Beatles and listening to their timeless music. It doesn't get much better than that.
I'm looking forward to visiting here as often as I am able. Thanks for reading and take care!