Saturday, 2 February 2013

Evening Standard published the first national article about The Beatles

Is was Saturday February 2, 1963, exactly 50 years ago, when the Evening Standard published an article about the Beatles.

Written by Maureen Cleave, it was called "Why The Beatles Create All That Frenzy" and it tried to explain why a group from Liverpool was taking the nation by storm.

It was a well-written article that seemed to imply that The Beatles were big because of their loyal Liverpool fanbase, and because of the professional way Epstein was managing them.

I especially liked the way she described the different Beatles:
"John Lennon has an upper lip which is brutal in a devastating way. George Harrison is handsome, whimsical and untidy. Paul McCartney has a round baby face, while Ringo Starr is ugly but cute. (He’s called Ringo because he wears two on each hand.)"
 It's great to read about The Beatles in hindsight. But Maureen Cleave was right about one thing:
"It takes you back, doesn’t it? To the early days of rock ‘n’ roll."

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