The successful British Invasion

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We’re speeding toward Feb. 9, “the” date when the Beatles first appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1964. If you’re 57 or older, you probably know where you were that evening. Sullivan, CBS’s Sunday-night mainstay, was a must for entertainers breaking into the American market. The band’s live performance launched one of popular music’s most remarkable eras: the British …

A Noonatic’s take on history

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Fifty years ago a producer named Mickie Most signed five teen-aged musicians from Manchester, England to a record deal. It didn’t go unnoticed that Peter Noone, the lead singer, resembled a young John F. Kennedy. The resemblance proved more than skin-deep. Peter was talented, charming and Catholic to boot. And he, like Kennedy, spoke with an intrusive R–“Americar,” “Canadar,” “Cubar.” …