Throwback Video of the Week!

Throwback Video of the Week!

Throwback Video of the Week!

American television host Ed Sullivan smiles while standing with British rock group the Beatles on the set of his television variety series, New York, February 9, 1964. Left to right: Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Sullivan, John Lennon, Paul McCartney. (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images)

Their history spans more than 60 years. Their impact and influence may never end. Even though they officially broke up in 1970, the music of the Beatles is timeless. On November 2, 2023, their ever-faithful fans received a miraculous gift — one last song called “Now and Then.”

As previously reported, “Now and Then” originated from a John Lennon demo. Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr began working with the raw recording in 1995. However, it wasn’t until the making of the 2021 docuseries, The Beatles: Get Back, that film director Peter Jackson and his team were able to invent the audio technology needed to complete the song. It was essentially A.I. that enabled the final production.

No matter how it was done, it’s simply amazing to hear all four of the Beatles together again, especially since we lost John Lennon in 1980 and George Harrison passed on in 2001. The story of the Fab Four began in 1956 when Lennon formed a band called the Quarrymen in the English seaside city of Liverpool. Paul McCartney joined in ’57. Harrison came aboard in ’58. The group changed its name to the Beatles in 1960. Two years later, drummer Ringo Starr would complete the quartet as we know it.

Beginning with the release of their first single in 1962, until their split in 1970, the Beatles revolutionized popular music in a way that’s still being realized all over the world. From songwriting and recording techniques, to business and marketing, the Beatles were responsible for many firsts. For this installment of the Throwback Threesome, let’s look back at a small sample of what the lads from Liverpool gave us long before “Now and Then.”

Throwback Threesome: The Beatles

  • I Want To Hold Your Hand (1963)

    This was the song that truly gave the Beatles a foothold in America. Released in October 1963, “I Want to Hold Your Hand” was their first song to top both the UK and U.S. singles charts. Following the Fab Four’s historic appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964 (below), the single, which was already number 1 on the charts, gained even further momentum.

  • Yellow Submarine (1966)

    Written as a children’s song by Paul McCartney and John Lennon, “Yellow Submarine” featured drummer Ringo Starr on lead vocals. The song was released as a double A-side single with “Eleanor Rigby,” both from the Beatles’ 1966 album Revolver. “Yellow Submarine” inspired the 1968 animated film of the same name.

  • Hey Jude (1968)

    According to Songfacts, Paul McCartney originally wrote “Hey Jude” as “Hey Jules.” The song was meant to comfort John Lennon’s 5-year-old son Julian when his parents were divorcing. It was released as a non-album single in August 1968, topped the charts all over the world, and became the year’s best-selling single in the UK, U.S., Australia, and Canada. The promotional clip below included local people and fans that gathered regularly outside Abbey Road Studios in London. The video was first broadcast in the UK four days after it was filmed in September 1968. It aired in the U.S. a month later on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.

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