WE’RE BACK FOR 2014!:

Let the fun begin, back up and running for 2014, whoo hoo!!.

I think this is going to be a bit of a busy one in the Fab world with all the 50th hoo hah, already we’ve had pics of Paul frolicking in the Caribbean (you can set your watch by those surfacing in January), Beatle family gatherings at the Grammys and for the CBS 50Th special, and we’ve only just cracked February :-)

24 Responses to “WE’RE BACK FOR 2014!:”

  1. Vin says:

    Aren’t you guys tagging the posts anymore? :(

  2. Tammy says:

    At the moment only randomly, I’m trying to figure out a way refine and improve the search mode, which at the moment relies mostly on the post titles, which often bare no resemblance to the the photo, I’ll keep you informed.

  3. Pete F. says:

    Welcome back Tammy! Happy 2014/50th!

  4. Vin says:

    Ok Tammy! :)
    I’m sure you’ll come up with some good idea.

  5. BLJ says:

    I’m so glad you’re back, I missed you

  6. Ishie says:

    Welcome back …. I hope you are doing well and looking forward to a healthy & happy 2014!

  7. Kwai Chang says:

    So the sunburn has subsided and it doesn’t hurt to type?
    I hope you realize that it was a real bitch to dust off this keyboard. Where is my spray-bottle of work-repellent? Man, I’m so tired,,,I wonder should I get up and load myself a hit…yeah, yeah, yeah.
    (You’d say…I’m puttin’ you bong but it’s no joke it keeps me from harm)
    Have no fear…everything Beatle is tagged ‘Righteous’…
    I’d give you everything I’ve got for some SPF45.

    Welcome back…

  8. Kwai Chang says:

    I have always been confused by the backdrops at the Ed Sullivan show.
    How many were there?
    How many were actually televised?
    (not the same number)

  9. Hey! Just dropping a few lines to tell you how much I LOVE your blog. Just came across it a few weeks ago and I’m hooked! Keep up the awesome work!!

  10. Linda says:

    Yay more Beatle photos!

  11. Nick Detaranto says:

    Welcome Back Greg! Happy New year!

  12. Michael says:

    So glad to have you back. Perfect timing!

  13. MarkZapp says:

    WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!! What a great time to be a Beatles fan. With this 50th anniversary celebration of their arrival in America for the first time I am seeing more Beatles magazines on the newstands than I even did at the time of the “Anthology” releases/special. It’s Fab, Fab, Fab. Plus, Paul & Ringo at the Grammy Awards and the special on February 9 on CBS also featuring Paul & Ringo. WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

  14. Kwai Chang says:

    What if they colorized the Ed Sullivan footage for the 50th related TV stuff?
    This is the kind of shenanigans I would expect from the folks that gave us The Beatles on their very last black and white transmission(’65)…
    Really big “shoe”?
    (not ‘alf)

  15. maria.m says:

    hello again and happy 50th anniversary dear tammy

  16. stephanie says:

    great idea Kwai. colorisation of some sleected B&W clips would be an awesome addition to the rumoured promo /TV performance DVD later this year.

  17. Lizzie says:

    Noooooo! I can’t stand colorization…

  18. Kwai Chang says:

    Colorization is not very good when done ‘auto’…the way the industry does it.
    I could accept a dedicated colorization of ANY vintage b/w footage. But only if put in proper context and done by a sincere lover of the subject matter…
    (must be COMPETENT in all techniques involved).
    Anything that just goes “Bleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed” Ted Turner style needs to be tossed into the appropriate dustbin!

    Back to my first question…
    Backdrops @ EdSullivan:
    Why do we see so many Ed Sullivan backdrops framing the group(w/ instruments)…when the Feb. 9th, 1964 transmission shows only one?

  19. mcarp555 says:

    Kwai – the Feb 9th show actually had two backdrops, which I’m calling the “Arrow” one and the “Stripes” one. Remember they were on Sullivan three times initially, with two performances in each show. The breakdown is roughly as follows:

    Feb 9th:
    1st – Arrows
    2nd – Stripes

    Feb 16th:
    (Miami) – Arches

    Feb 23rd:
    1st – Columns
    2nd – Blue wall

    The Feb 23rd performance was actually taped on the 9th, so all four backdrops would have been used at various times, while the band would have been dressed the same in each segment (unlike Miami, where they wore the grey suits with dark collars).

  20. mcarp555 says:

    And note in the pictures above, we’re seeing the “Columns” and “Blue wall” backdrops, so these would have been the segments taped for the Feb. 23rd broadcast.

    A good example of the “Stripes” backdrop is the cover of the Capitol “Something New” album.

  21. Kwai Chang says:

    @mcarp555…
    Very cool analysis. I have been thinking about the ’50th’ way more than I ever thought I would…hence, the weirdest things are stuck in my mind. (Am I nervous or emotional or poetic or just excited?) Like, those backdrops really had me thinking that there is more footage than we were shown. I thought the rehearsals may have likely been taped. Also, it’s possible that the final decision was not made until show time about which backdrop was best. So, thank you for the help. It is much appreciated…
    …and, Happy Anniversary!!!
    So, the next thing I was panicked about was context of this monumental day in history. Do 50th anniversaries always land on the same day as the original event? (Sunday: then and now)Nothing has ever confirmed that ‘the weekend is over’ the way Ed Sullivan’s face did when his show was on. For most people in the US, Ed’s show was like ‘last call’ for those wanting one last jigger of denial. Monday morning’s imminent arrival is the last thing freedom lovers want to face. So, seeing Ed Sullivan on TV was much more than ‘another hour of entertainment’ to begin with. That’s why Sunday was the perfect day for maximum effect. There was no Super Bowl then…but, the sport was still huge and the season was over. Sunday night in the United States has never been the same. The Beatles landing on our shores WAS the biggest ‘thing’ to ever happen to this country. Nothing has ever had an effect on so many young and old people all at once…because, if you saw it…you were affected!!!
    Plus, it was a positive thing. For the first time EVER…American Youth had a genuine spokesman…in fact, it had four!
    Finally, it was cool to be young!
    Then BANG!!! Fifty years in the blink of an eye. And all of a sudden, I wasn’t old. I was young again
    (Still)

  22. Tammy says:

    Hmmm, good question, JFK’s 50th fell on the same day (Friday) as well.

  23. Kwai Chang says:

    Ha ha ha…all those Kwai Chang questions had me fooled.
    I guess they were supposed to distract me or something. It didn’t matter.
    The time machine still works. Last night(Feb. 9…8PM L.A. time)…pre-game was a matter of watching the “first visit to the U.S.” and at 8:00 exactly…the Ed Sullivan dvd was played…NO interruptions. The effect was very cool. It seemed like there was just ‘something’ I couldn’t describe…but, I could definitely feel it. It wasn’t normal. I stayed up a little while and watched the first few episodes of Batman. The evening dissolved into a commercial for REM sleep and this morning I overslept. The sun was nearly up and my wife was jabbering about how the chickens will be fighting each other because “you’re so late”. I just went “huh???”
    I couldn’t shake the fog. This is completely unusual. I never oversleep…and I never “can’t shake the fog”…but, everything feels really fresh and alive and yet nothing has changed…
    or, has it?
    Here is a real funny twist…my chipped tooth seems to have repaired itself. It wasn’t huge…but, it was noticeable! But, anyway…I feel funny ever since this morning’s fog. Tee hee hee!

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