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50 Years Ago The Beatles Changed A Generation And Me

October 5th, 2012 · 8 Comments


I was knee high to a grasshopper* at the time, but I still remember that day so long ago!!!  “Love, love me do.  You know I love you….”  Lyrics that any kid could remember and who wanted to be cool like a teenager.  I wasn’t a teenager yet and I definitely wasn’t cool, but I sang my heart out to Love Me Do, the Beatles first hit single back in October of 1962.


A few months earlier that year I had gotten my own transistor radio for my birthday.  I was estatic!  (Yes, I was!  It was the equivalent of a kid getting an iPod touch today!)  It came with a case and headphone.  I was able to listen to whatever radio station I wanted and I didn’t have to ask if I could change the channel.  Whoopie!!!


Then in February 1964, I saw the Beatles for the first time on the Ed Sullivan Show and it was love at first sight for “the quiet one” George Harrison!  Okay, so it was puppy love.  I still wasn’t a teenager – but almost – and watching that first show on tv, I started screaming like the rest of the girls in the audience until my father told me to pipe down!  “They look like a bunch of girls with all that hair.” I remember him saying.


Maya Muses:  It was the start of a whole new way of looking at life and the Fab Four were the ones leading our generation to see things through a mop of hair that grew longer as the years went by.  It sometimes distorted our views, but that wasn’t so bad.  No – it was good and we changed right along with them! 

It was the start of Peace and Love and “no more war” and we believed it was possible.  Our parents, however, shook their heads like we were doomed.  Instead we blossomed and we bloomed!  We were hippies and Flower Children and it was the best time ever to be young and free and I wouldn’t have traded growing up during that time of the Beatles for anything!

Photo Credits:  When I’m 64 and Google Images

* “Knee high to a grasshopper.”  I first heard that expression years ago from a friend from the South.  I’ve never used it, but it just felt appropriate here.

Tags: Baby Boomer Babbles · Entertainment · Is Anyone Listening? · Special Moments

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Pam // Oct 6, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    I wasn’t born when that song came out, but I do love the Beatles and I’ve always thought that I would have made a great hippie. It must have been a wonderful time.

  • 2 Patrick // Oct 6, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    I remember that time well. My mother use to tell me, “You’re hair is too long, you look like a Beatle. It’s time to go to the barber shop.” Then she would go with me to make sure I cut my hair and she would tell the barber, “Give him a Marlon Brando cut.” I still don’t know even today what a Marlon Brando cut was, but it was horrible!

  • 3 Lynn // Oct 6, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    It truly was a wonderful time, Pam! Then again, we all have a tendency to remember the good times and to forget the bad. Lol.

  • 4 Lynn // Oct 6, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Boy, Patrick, that’s one of the longest comments you’ve made on my blog. I didn’t think Marlon Brando and the Beatles would come up in the same sentence! They’re not even in the same generation!!!

  • 5 Patrick // Oct 6, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    That’s because I was traumatized. When I would go back to school with my Marlon Brando haircut, all the kids would laugh because they had their hair like the Beatles. I still can’t watch a Marlon Brando movie, even today! I hate this guy, he ruined my childhood years! LOL! (Just kidding, I can watch MB movies.)

  • 6 Lynn // Oct 7, 2012 at 8:08 am

    That’s hilarious!!!

  • 7 Deena // Oct 11, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Great post! It brought back memories of my childhood as well. Unlike Patrick’s (LOL) mine were good and the Beatles were with me every step of the way. Thanks!

  • 8 Lynn // Oct 12, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    I’m still wondering what a Marlon Brando haircut looks like! LOL!!! Thanks Deena!

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