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Linde
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10 January 2014 - 7.20pm

Well, I was a kid, so obviously my taste in music was very different back then from now (though I still love those songs). I always thought they were fun and I was fascinated with Wild Honey Pie, maybe because it is so creepy.

 

 

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10 January 2014 - 10.49pm

I would like to share how I came to hear The Beatles. I was born and raised in Argentina and I was 12 years old when their first records were released (1964). Attending an English school, I first heard them at schoolmates' homes. But they were impossible to ignore, they were everywhere, immediately popular. A commercial on TV with Spanish lyrics over I Saw Her Standing There, Teen magazines with pics and info on them, everything from the start. They showed the Ed Sullivan show on Argentine TV but I can't tell exactly when. I was blown away as my schoolmates, my siblings and everybody else.

I bought their singles and EPs which pretty much covered 10 songs of Please Please Me, so my first album was the second. Later in 1964, I got A hard days' night. Issues followed the UK versions.

Parents and teachers largely did not like them but this was the mid-sixties and the generation gap. Paradoxically, it was my Dad who brought home the single Please Please Me c/w Love Me Do, in late 1963. This is before Beatlemania, so he hadn't yet seen their long hair and rebellious attitude but kudos to him, he must have liked the music!

The Beatles were tops until I heard Cream, then for a couple of years I became "progressive" and the Beatles were second bill. But that did not last long and they are at the top of my list since.

My favorites are Strawberry Fields Forever, Penny Lane, Norwegian Wood, A Day In The Life and Hey Jude. Of the early years, my favourite is and always has been I Saw Her Standing There. Talk about energy and enthusiasm...

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Ahhh Girl
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10 January 2014 - 11.01pm

FLFIORE said
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Parents and teachers largely did not like them but this was the mid-sixties and the generation gap. Paradoxically, it was my Dad who brought home the single Please Please Me c/w Love Me Do, in late 1963. This is before Beatlemania, so he hadn't yet seen their long hair and rebellious attitude but kudos to him, he must have liked the music!

I find that fascinating. Did he quit liking the songs after he found out more about the singers? Are your parents from Argentina or were they from the US or UK? I was just wondering since you went to an English school.

Thanks for sharing the whole story.

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11 January 2014 - 12.34am

Do you still have the Please Please Me/Love Me Do single, FLFIORE?

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FLFIORE
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11 January 2014 - 3.46am

meanmistermustard said
Do you still have the Please Please Me/Love Me Do single, FLFIORE?

I do not have that single but I will check with my brother as he is a collector. 

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Necko
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11 January 2014 - 4.11am

I vaguely remember hearing Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (the album) as a five-year-old. I didn't actually start listening to the Beatles until I was ten. 

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FLFIORE
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11 January 2014 - 10.36pm

Ahhh Girl said

FLFIORE said
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Parents and teachers largely did not like them but this was the mid-sixties and the generation gap. Paradoxically, it was my Dad who brought home the single Please Please Me c/w Love Me Do, in late 1963. This is before Beatlemania, so he hadn't yet seen their long hair and rebellious attitude but kudos to him, he must have liked the music!

I find that fascinating. Did he quit liking the songs after he found out more about the singers? Are your parents from Argentina or were they from the US or UK? I was just wondering since you went to an English school.

Thanks for sharing the whole story.

My parents were indeed from Argentina, third generation Italian and second generation Spanish (Andalucians). My father found out very soon who they were but did not react badly, shily saying things "I like their music but I don't like them as individuals". He changed and a few years later he was prasing them and still does today, a very healthy 90 year old!

 

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trcanberra
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11 January 2014 - 11.11pm

^ I like their music but don't like a lot of what they did in their private lives - there is no contradiction there.

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Ahhh Girl
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11 January 2014 - 11.36pm

FLFIORE said

Ahhh Girl said

FLFIORE said
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Parents and teachers largely did not like them but this was the mid-sixties and the generation gap. Paradoxically, it was my Dad who brought home the single Please Please Me c/w Love Me Do, in late 1963. This is before Beatlemania, so he hadn't yet seen their long hair and rebellious attitude but kudos to him, he must have liked the music!

I find that fascinating. Did he quit liking the songs after he found out more about the singers? Are your parents from Argentina or were they from the US or UK? I was just wondering since you went to an English school.
Thanks for sharing the whole story.

My parents were indeed from Argentina, third generation Italian and second generation Spanish (Andalucians). My father found out very soon who they were but did not react badly, shily saying things "I like their music but I don't like them as individuals". He changed and a few years later he was prasing them and still does today, a very healthy 90 year old!

 

Yay, dad! ... and so true, trcanberra, so true. Why couldn't I have be raised with that attitude? Oh, well. Enough of my pity-party. I've joined the real party now - Beatles forever!

 

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Hey Jude
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12 January 2014 - 1.55am

The first songs I listened to were those on Beatles for Babies it's all instrumental. I think the first canon album I listened to was 1. I remember listening to I Want To Hold Your Hand a lot.

We were talking about the people who hide themselves behind a wall of illusion.

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12 January 2014 - 2.51am

Hey Jude said
The first songs I listened to were those on Beatles for Babies it's all instrumental. I think the first canon album I listened to was 1. I remember listening to I Want To Hold Your Hand a lot.

Tecnically, isn't canon.

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Linde
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12 January 2014 - 6.30pm

What does canon mean?

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12 January 2014 - 6.40pm

Linde said
What does canon mean?

Canon is the 12 UK LPs, plus the Magical Mystery Tour LP and Past MastersThose are the 14 albums needed to have every officially released Beatles song in some form. Live At The BBC, Anthology, Bootleg-1963, Yellow Submarine Songtrack, Love, and Let It Be... Naked are needed to have every version of every song, but are not canon. Things like are compilations and certainly not canon.

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12 January 2014 - 11.10pm

I was introduced as a kid to some Beatles songs between 1976-1982 (ages 6-12). My first was The Lady Madonna single, the second was the Bee Gees soundtrack to the Sgt. Pepper movie (it's Beatles songs, I know it's not Beatles) and third was the Let It Be album. I no longer have those (except for Let It Be, but not the LP I had then--I have it on CD).

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Into the Sky with Diamonds
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13 January 2014 - 12.14am

Well that's easy: "All My Loving," "Till There Was You," "She Loves You," "I Saw Her Standing There." and "I Want To Hold Your Hand" - the set list for their Ed Sullivan Show performance. I had just turned 10. Like every other kid in my class, I was watching the show with my parents.

Day 1 in my life as as Beatle fan.

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WETSRoosa
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13 January 2014 - 3.15am

My babysitter had the Rubber Soul album and I remember being mesmerized by "Drive My Car."

Although it wasn't until the Anthology series in '95 (a few years after the above incident) that my knowledge of the Beatles expanded.

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14 January 2014 - 5.18pm

Into the Sky with Diamonds said
Well that's easy: "All My Loving," "Till There Was You," "She Loves You," "I Saw Her Standing There." and "I Want To Hold Your Hand" - the set list for their Ed Sullivan Show performance. I had just turned 10. Like every other kid in my class, I was watching the show with my parents.

Day 1 in my life as as Beatle fan.

What a way to be introduced to their music! Did you feel like they were something really special at the time, like a lot of people do? 

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15 January 2014 - 4.56pm

I remember when I was about 4, we only had the US Help! at home. I recall thinking the Beatles played the instrumentals also because their picture was in the gatefold with orchestra type instruments, lol.  Now, my friend's parents up the street had the Beatle goldmine.  I remember they had the VeeJay "Introducing" and all the early stuff.  It was sooooo cool when we were playing around with the knobs on the stereo and found if we turned this knob all the way to the left, there was no singing! We ran around his house with his parent's tennis rackets singing. Hahahaha.  Don't Bother Me was an early standout to me because of the way they played the guitar.  I also recall them having MMT and the Hey Jude album.  But I really remember the early stuff the most.  In 4th grade, the teacher put on Revolver and I heard Taxman for the first time.  WOW!!!!! My world went from black and white to color!

 

Thanks for the memories

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15 January 2014 - 4.58pm

Also, I was so jealous of my two best friends.  One was named John a-hard-days-night-john-1and the other was Paul a-hard-days-night-paul-4

I know you know what you know, but you should know by now that you're not me ~ Ron Nasty

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Into the Sky with Diamonds
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17 January 2014 - 3.42am

Fabfouremily said, "What a way to be introduced to their music! Did you feel like they were something really special at the time, like a lot of people do?"

Good question. On the one hand, I was too young to have anything to compare them to. I had no older siblings and don't think I listened to the radio.

On the other hand, they blew me away and instantly changed my life. I woke up on Sunday morning Feb 9th not having the slightest interest in popular music and went to bed Sunday night staring at the ceiling and replaying what I'd just seen and heard.

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