Over 50 years ago, the United States was invaded. However, this was no military affair.
Known as the British Invasion to most, countless British bands gained popularity in America. Many of the rock stars were talented, but one revolutionary group was stunning: The Beatles.
Composed of the self-proclaimed Fab Four (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison), the band was an instant hit in the U.S. after appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. Only two weeks after appearing on the widely-viewed television show, thousands of fledgling fans of all ages bought merchandise such as thick, black, sleek wigs that replicated the iconic hairstyles of the singers. The band toured the United States as well as Europe for three years, but then fell apart because of quarrels.
A Household Name
Although they played for only six years together, The Beatles has become a household name and a critical part of our culture. When one mentions The Beatles in conversation, it is used in present tense, "The Beatles are" rather than "The Beatles were".
Although only two of its members have survived, the Fab Four left the world a legacy immeasurable by time, preserved for eternity through their "breath of fresh air" music. In honor of their contribution to modern-day music, Ron Howard has announced he will direct a documentary on The Beatles and the impact they left on society.
The Beatles Movie
Ron Howard, awarded 33 times for his outstanding abilities, has the full confidence of many Beatles fans. Despite his famous childhood as a star on a television show, he has proven himself a worthy director in Hollywood. The two surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as the late members' wives, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison, have agreed to the production and will collaborate in the movie.
Although five other authorized documentaries have been created, this movie is the only one to use fan videos from private collections recorded on old-fashioned 8mm film. Apple Corps, a company The Fab Four themselves created, has an invaluable cache of media that will be included as well. Additionally, there will be interviews recorded 50 years ago as well as today.
Despite their painfully short touring career, The Beatles continue to be famous, and will never be forgotten by music lovers worldwide. Because of their music, the memory of the band and the lives they touched live eternally in our culture.
Here's a snippet of the Ed Sullivan show that introduced Beatles to America!