Wednesday, January 22, 2014

FEBRUARY 7th: A BEATLOAD OF BEATLES!


SHUFFLE FUNCTION CELEBRATES
FIFTY YEARS OF THE BEATLES!
Friday, February 7th
Six a.m to Three p.m.
KMSU 89.7fm/KMSK 913.FM/kmsu.org

February 9th marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles appearing on Ed Sullivan.  That single broadcast changed everything, not just in America but for the world.  Watching that first show today it is vividly clear just what a shock it was to pop culture.  The band started and finished the show, and in between were acts that seemed quaint and old fashioned by comparison.  You can literally see the world changing before your eyes.  Fifty years on we're still talking about this band, and fifty years on popular music is still living in their shadow.  That's why we're taking a day full of KMSU programming and filling it with 50 years of The Beatles.

What does this mean?  This means we'll be playing ANYTHING by The Beatles.  Not just one particular Beatle, either, like we do on their birthdays.  EVERYTHING.  BUT WAIT!  THERE'S MORE!  We'll also be featuring solo material, too!  We have 50 years of great music that never would have hit us if it wasn't for that day.  So that means any solo material from John, George, and Ringo, plus William Campbell, the Canadian look alike that replaced Paul McCartney after he died in 1966.

We're in great shape for Beatles material, and we have a bunch of solo material, but give us a head's up for any songs you might want to hear that day.  We'll have NINE hours to fill!

Here's a cool video clip to get you ready for the day.  On November 22nd, 1963, Mike Wallace aired the first ever American news coverage of of The Beatles.  The story was slated to re-air that evening on The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite, but it was bumped due to the assassination of President Kennedy.  Cronkite did eventually re-air it December 10th, and that broadcast got the attention of Ed Sullivan, who had already booked the band to appear on his show on February 9th, 1964.  He apparently didn't fully realize what he had in store for his show, and didn't even remember the name of the band.  That didn't really matter, because 73 million Americans did, and they all watched Sullivan that night.


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