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THE BEATLES HAD PLANS FOR A LORD OF THE RINGS FILM THAT THEY HOPED WOULD BE DIRECTED BY STANLEY KUBRICK. THE PROJECT FELL THROUGH BECAUSE KUBRICK BELIEVED THE TRILOGY TO BE UNFILMABLE, AND TOLKIEN WAS UNCOMFORTABLE WITH THE BEATLES PLAYING HIS CHARACTERS. 

IF THE FILM HAD BEEN MADE, PAUL WOULD HAVE PLAYED FRODO, RINGO WOULD HAVE PLAYED SAM, GEORGE WOULD HAVE PLAYED GANDALF, AND JOHN WOULD HAVE PLAYED GOLLUM. 

CNN’s The Sixties: British Invasion was so much fun to watch, I couldn’t help but draw little cartoons of each influential band. (I’ll post individuals later tomorrow)

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More than 73 million people watched The Beatles on TV on 9 Feb. 1964.  Not everyone was impressed.

Ray Block, Ed Sullivan’s orchestra leader, predicted that they “wouldn’t last longer than a year.”

New York’s The Herald-Tribune called them “75% publicity, 20% haircut, and 5% lilting lament.”

The New York Times thought they were too derivative of Elvis, and Newsweek worte: “Visually, they are a nightmare: tight, dandified Edwardian beatnik suits and great pudding bowls of hair. Musically, they are near disaster: guitars and drums slamming out a merciless beat that does away with secondary rhythms, harmony and melody.”

It didn’t matter.  It was too late.  Everything had already changed.

 

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50 years ago today, The Beatles were on The Ed Sullivan Show for the first time! Unfortunately, most people missed Scamp as the 5th Beatle because of his height. Here are some rare photos taken at the right angle to capture his debut in the United States.