IT’S WHAT’S GOING ON IN AND AROUND THE DETROIT MUSIC SCENE ’67
DETROIT — Triangle Productions is bringing Judy Garland to Cobo Arena on September 29 for one performance . . . Johnny Trudell has become the leader of the Roostertail Orchestra. Lead trumpet player Trudell has played in the club’s orchestra for seven years and is also a staff musician at Motown Records . . .Diana Ross and the Supremes are scheduled to tape the Hollywood Palace TV show September 20-22 . . . Flint’s own the Fabulous Pack taped an ‘Upbeat’ TV show segment in Cleveland on August 19, featuring their new release “Wide Trackin” . . . The Grande Ballroom brought in the Chambers Brothers Friday and Saturday (September 1 and 2) . . . The Pop Series at the Detroit Masonic Auditorium for the 1967-1968 season Mantovani, Harry Simeone Chorale, New Christy Minstrels, Ferrante and Teicher and Victor Borge . . . Fred Saxon, Mercury promotion man here, is putting out a weekly newsletter for radio stations and press in the Detroit area. The newsletter gives information about new product releases in the Mercury Records family. END.
The New Christy Minstrels on stage on the Ed Sullivan Show 1963
(Information and news source: Billboard; September 16, 1967).
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1964:At 8:00 PM EST,CBS’ Ed Sullivan Show takes to the airwaves to broadcast the Beatles’ first US television appearance. Nearly 73 million Americans — a record for its time, and still one of the highest ratings ever — watch as John, Paul, George and Ringo perform “All My Loving,” “Till There Was You,” “She Loves You,” “I Saw Her Standing There,” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand” to 703 screaming teenage fans (mostly girls) in the audience.
‘BEATLES AND SHRIEKS ON U.S. TV’: Beatles New York Daily News feature, February 10, 1964(click image for larger view)
Although the group realized how important America was to their career, they had no idea just how important the Sullivan show was to domestic audiences; when the full impact of the event hit them just before the show, John Lennon became so nervous he taped the band’s song lyrics to the back of his guitar, just in case.
Before the band’s performance, Sullivan reads a telegram: “Congratulations on your appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show and your visit to America STOP We hope your engagement will be successful and your visit pleasant STOP Sincerely Elvis and the Colonel.” During “Till There Was You,” a message flashes when John appears on-screen: “Sorry, girls. He’s married.”
While the music can barely be heard over the screams, this one show has an enormous effect on galvanizing future rock stars into attempting their own version of Beatlemania. Indeed, one other future music star from Britain appears on the show this night — the Monkees’ Davy Jones, performing as part of the cast of Broadway’s Oliver!
Today In Pop Music History: February 9, 1964
The Beatles on CBS’ Ed Sullivan Show. Sunday, February 9, 1964(click on image for larger view)
Also: From the MCRFB news archives — a 1964 article from Billboard magazine, ‘Meet The Beatles,’ January 18, 1964. Published three weeks prior the Beatles’ North American visit in February, 1964. (With complete ‘Meet The Beatles’ Capitol LP audio in stereo)!
Want more Beatles? See our menu, under ‘Categories.’ (And to fully appreciate the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show spread under ‘The Beatles’ header photo above — click on image for expanded view).
And: In commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ 1964 first U.S. visit on CBS.com., see ‘THE BEATLES U. S. INVASION’A Cultural Milestone 50 Years Later: The Fab Four’s Appearance On The “Ed Sullivan Show”
Youtube: From the Pathe News film archives, 1964. ‘New York: Beatles Conquer America’ (attached video below).
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