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What's My Line?

Season 15 Episode 24

EPISODE #699

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Feb 09, 1964 on CBS

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    • HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE!!! This was the night the Beatles made their historic appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show." This not only signaled the arrival of the "mop tops" in America, but it also was the first shot fired in the British Invasion, when any musical act with a British accent became an overnight success. Beatlemania had definitely arrived and was here to stay. There are a couple of theories as to why the Beatles broke as big as they did. One theory says that when the Beatles arrived, America was still in mourning over the assassination of President Kennedy and needed something to help brighten the mood, and the "Fab Four" with their wonderful personalities did that and more. A second theory says that the Beatles sound helped to resurrect rock and roll from the dead. During this so-called "dead" period, many of the biggest stars in rock and roll had disappeared for one reason or another. Elvis Presley had entered the Army. Jerry Lee Lewis had been banned because of his controversial marriage to his teenage cousin. Little Richard had become a preacher. Chuck Berry had been arrested and imprisoned for a Mann Act violation. And tragically, three of rock's biggest stars (Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper) had been killed in an airplane crash. It was also during this "dead" time that popular music was dominated by several manufactured teen idols, including Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell and Fabian. It was felt that these surrounding events caused rock music to go into a sharp decline, and when the Beatles arrived, it was reborn. However, this second theory was quickly debunked, because during that period, popular music saw the rise of Motown, producer Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound" and the Beach Boys. Ironically, tonight's mystery guest Bobby Darin was an early rocker, but after his rock and roll period, he soon shifted to singing pop ballads, which established him as probably the first real pop chameleon. - Sargebri

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