Oh Dear What Can I Do, Baby's in Black and I'm Feeling Blue
Tell Me, Oh What Can I Do!
Limited Edition Black Beauty "English Gentleman"
One Sunday evening in early 1964
something happened that changed the history of the world, It changed
totally and put me on the path of my greatest love,
I had been listening to rock music for
about 4 years at that time, I loved it. I had never seen a live band
and I assumed that most bands were 4 guys standing next to each
other on stage singing.
Offering this Black Country Gentleman
Guitar is both a privilege and an honor. There are very few Gretsch
dealers who carry this model.
When The Beatles made their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show that February 1964, it was and remains the most important event in the history of rock music.
Those of us in our fifties today will always remember the music created by four lads from Liverpool, England. I can remember where I was during the assassination of President Kennedy on 10/22/63, we will also remember being transfixed in front of our 13" black & white TV's Sunday February 9, 1964, at 8 p.m., when the Beatles made their first American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show.
On The first gig, the Beatles sang five songs in this order: All My Loving, Till There Was You, She Loves You, I Saw Her Standing There, and I Want To Hold Your Hand. 73 million people saw The Beatles that night. The show had such an impact that most normal activities in America came to a standstill watching their performance. Mass hysteria happened repeatedly wherever the Beatles played, Beatlemania was in full swing.
The Beatles went on to appear, eight more times on the Ed Sullivan Show. The Beatles were only paid $10,000.00. But the show made them famous.
I was talking to Hilton Valentine about the British Invasion Phenomenon (Hilton was the lead guitarist for the Animals and my very first guitar hero) He told me in these exact words (The Beatles kicked the door open for the rest of us). I got into a conversation with Eric Burdon himself about the Animals on the Ed Sullivan show. I commented "I remember Ed Sullivan reaching over and tousling your hair in a very condescending manner." Eric went off on a tirade about Ed Sullivan for a good 5 minutes, It seems that everyone hated him & Eric couldn't stand him.
The next appearance on the show was on 02/16/1964. A live performance, Broadcast from their hotel in Miami Beach, Florida. In preparation for this appearance, The Beatles played to a live audience during the afternoon at the hotel, then at 8 p.m., played the Sullivan Show live performance via satellite. The Beatles sang six songs; She Loves You, This Boy, All My Loving, I Saw Her Standing There, From Me To You, and I Want To Hold Your Hand.
The next Sullivan performance came on February 23, 1964. Technically, this was their first performance, because The Beatles recorded this performance on February 9, 1964, before their historical "first" appearance. This program was taped that afternoon for airing three Sundays later. The Beatles played three songs, Twist and Shout, Please Please Me, and I Want To Hold Your Hand. This was the performance, if you remember that Ed Sullivan thanked The Beatles for "being four of the nicest youngsters."
When The Beatles came back to the USA in 1965, and while preparing for their famous concert at Shea Stadium in New York, they taped six songs on August 14, to be aired on the Sullivan Show on September 12, 1965. The Beatles played six songs; I Feel Fine, I'm Down, Act Naturally, Ticket To Ride, Yesterday and Help! Although taped, this would be the last "live" performance The Beatles did for The Ed Sullivan Show.
But, The Beatles still appeared a few more times, via tape. June 5, 1966 two music "videos were shown." Rain and Paperback Writer.
Although The Beatles played The Ed Sullivan Show nine times, they only actually were present on his stage at the Ed Sullivan Theatre once on February 9, 1964. Every other time, it was telecast live from another location or a video tape.
If you are looking for the
ultimate Beatlesque guitar, look no further, This is the one George
used on all of those original great songs. From driving rhythm to ripping
leads, the classic double-cutaway Country Gentleman has it
Features include dual High Sensitive Filter'Tron™ pickups, "tone switch"
circuitry, "action-flow" neck,