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Ready for the Beatle re-invasion?

It's been almost 50 years since Americans were riveted to their TV screens for the Beatles first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. The anniversary is February 9th, and that hasn't gone unnoticed by either CBS, which originally ran the Sullivan show, or the Beatles' record company. Capitol Records.

Both have suggestions for celebrating this milestone.

January 21st, Capitol Records is releasing another Beatles box set, called "The U.S. Albums."  As you may or may not know, the Beatles albums released in America were different from the British versions, usually just chopped up in a seemingly willy-nilly fashion. But if you grew up listening to the original albums and haven't purchased them in any previous incarnation on CD, this may be for you. And surprisingly, you will be able to buy them individually if you don't want to fork out $159.99 for the whole set.

The Grammys, which air on CBS, will likely make mention of the anniversary. I just saw a promo last night that said BOTH Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will be appearing on the show January 26th, but they did not mention if they would be performing, or if they would be even appearing together.

There's a rumor going around that Ringo and Paul may appear together on Late Night with David Letterman, which is taped in the old Ed Sullivan Theatre in New York City. No confirmation yet, but let's keep our fingers crossed.

There will also be a special on February 9th, the actual anniversary of the Beatles knocking everyone's socks off in 1964 on the Sullivan Show. A Grammy Salute to the Beatles is being taped the night after the Grammys, and will feature stars of today performing Beatles songs. They include the reunited Eurythmics, John Mayer, John Legend, Maroon 5, Keith Urban and Alicia Keys.

 I guess I'm a Beatles purist. I just can't get too excited about other folks putting their spin on the four lads from Liverpool. I thought the originals were pretty fab, and don't need updating. 

If you really want to know what Beatlemania was like, talk to a fan who's old enough to remember watching them the first time around. And then put on a Beatle album, or the DVD of the original Sullivan appearances. And if you find yourself screaming like one of the little girls in the audience, don't be too surprised.

(Pictured above: my vintage Beatles "Flip Your Wig" game. Don't ask me how much I paid for it.)



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