I Want To Hold Your Hand: The Beatles 1964

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15 Comments on “I Want To Hold Your Hand: The Beatles 1964”

  1. morpfy Says:

    The big hit,that started the British Invasion..The Beach Boys didn’t know what was to come.

  2. Hedley Says:

    Fat Boy was already done by the time the Fab Four arrived, unless you count prancing around with Ann Margaret

    We were very conscious of the international success of the Beatles and heck even Peter Noone. We were SO far ahead of everyone, we had Ready Steady Go, first with Dusty and then the incredible Cathy McGowan

    It was such a short bridge from Kennedy to MacMillan, to the domination of English music.

    Excuse me for a while, I have to whip out a copy of The White Album !

    • Hedley Says:

      And while I am in this self congratulatory mood, we had the pirates…Caroline was going and London was coming.

    • Kat Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I never did follow Elvis, never saw his movies or bought his music; however, I was a Beatles fan from the beginning and I even bought Mrs. Brown and a few other Herman’s Hermit songs.

      I wonder where my copy of that album went?

  3. Hedley Says:

    Kat, in 1964 there was complete control of the radio by the BBC who had no interest in providing access to new music. They literally broadcast programs such as “music while you work” designed to make the factory workers more productive.
    then some bright spark decided to broadcast music from a boat outside territorial waters, the first being Radio Caroline and then Radio London showed up. They were progressive and gave constant access to new music. You tended to be a listener to Caroline or London…I listened to London. Ultimately they changed the definition of territorial waters, shut down the pirates and hired the DJs on to the newly formed BBC Radio 1.
    It was all quite subversive. One of my school friends used to run around on the commons broadcasting his own show with the local plods in hot pursuit.
    I was ten going on twelve and it was so fab gear …..well Cathy was completely fab gear

    • Kat Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I saw that movie, Pirate Radio, but I didn’t think of it when I read your comment.


      • Hedley Says:

        Pirate Radio, the movie was very poor.
        The real Pirates were so important to the development of music in the 60s but you cannot understate the role of TV shows especially RSG

  4. Kat Says:

    My Dear Hedley,
    The movie at least gave us an idea of what had happened in regard to radio and the BBC and music.

  5. i honestly have to say this is a ridiculously catchy song and is cute ‘so what if elvis didn’t like it.jealous much.

    • katry Says:

      We all loved it! I even think we sang along with all the exact sound nouances in the chorus. I was never an Elvis fan anyway!

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