It was fifty years ago today, January 6, 1964 that I first heard I Want To Hold Your Hand. It was a moment that forever changed my life and I remember it like it was yesterday. It was the first day back from the two week Christmas/New Year’s vacation where i had no access to radio. I was listening to WABC on the Scott Muni Show. I was doing my homework and the song came on the radio. I got so excited. I never heard ANYTHING that sounded like that before. I wanted to know who it was. I was hooked before the song was over. Scottso came on and said that it was by a group from England called The Beatles. My first thought was ‘What a strange name!’ The very next day, Tuesday, was new survey day and I came home from school and it was #1. It was still #1 when they appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show almost five weeks later.
Mark Lapidos, January 6, 2014
My girlfriend and I were sitting on my bed playing checkers. This song came on for the first time, WQAM, Miami, FL played by host, Rick Shaw. Our mouths fell open and we dropped our checkers and ran to the radio.
WE HAD NEVER HEARD A ‘SOUND’ like this SONG or These Guys!! What a wonderful experience as a 13 year old girl. I had new loves!!!