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Happy Birthday, bucky_boy!

For your present, here's today's Forgotten English!

To fill with ecstasy, or excessive joy.
--William Whitney's Century Dictionary, 1889

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Beatles
On this date in 1964, the Beatles sang "All My Loving," "She Loves You," and three other songs on The Ed Sullivan Show as the small studio audience screaming wildly, 73 million people watched, and most crime in America came to a standstill. For their watershed performance, in which "Sorry Girls, He's Married" was superimposed over footage of John Lennon, the Fab Four earned $10,000 plus expenses, putting Beatlemania in full swing. In retrospect, part of the evening's charm came from the six also-ran acts. Without watching a rerun, who would remember Tessie O'Shea's medley of show tunes, Fred Kapps' magic tricks, the comedy of McCall and Brill, or the acrobatic comedy of Wells and the Four Fays? Another segment featured Monkee-to-be Davy Jones as the Artful Dodger from Oliver singing "I'll Do Anything" and squeezing the bum of cast star Georgia Brown. Frank Gorshin also impersonated Marlon Brando as a politician, aptly foreshadowing Ronald Reagan's California gubernatorial victory two years later.

Riddle me this, Beatleman! What does Davy Jones keep in his locker, anyway?

Monkees memorabilia autographed by Ed Sullivan, of course!

-The Gneech


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Feb. 9th, 2007 02:17 pm (UTC)
I imagine it would be tube socks, consPIRACY reports, textbooks, and a half-eaten bologna sandwich. :P
Feb. 9th, 2007 02:33 pm (UTC)
> What does Davy Jones keep in his locker, anyway?

Peter Percival Patterson's Pet Pig Porky. Obviously.
Feb. 9th, 2007 03:22 pm (UTC)
I don't know what he keeps in it, but I know that I've Got A Jar Of Diiiiiiiiirrr-rrrrrt! I've Got A Jar Of Diiiiiiiiiiiirrr-rrrrt!

--Captain Salen Ferret
Feb. 9th, 2007 07:56 pm (UTC)
I think McCall and Brill were the duo I saw remembering that day on a documentary once. Sullivan introduced them by saying "Ladies and gentlemen, here they are again--" and the Beatlemaniacs flipped out. You can't see or hear it on the TV recording, but they described taking the stage and trying to perform in front of full-scale riotous pandemonium. They were pretty much ruined for show business.
Feb. 9th, 2007 08:47 pm (UTC)

Why didn't I rate some forgotten english? :P Thank you goes out to Kerry for the mention on SJ...that was very cool.

Anyway, Happy birthday to BuckyBoy.

Feb. 9th, 2007 08:57 pm (UTC)
When's your birthday? I go off the "My LJ" birthday list!

Feb. 10th, 2007 02:14 am (UTC)
My birthday was yesterday. :)

I guess I need to check my LJ stats and see if it is listed, I thought it was.

I was just teasing anyway though.

Feb. 10th, 2007 01:55 am (UTC)
I saw a clip of the first part of their appearance on YouTube. One of the user comments said that John Lennon had the flu that day, which is why Paul was doing all the singing. I don't think anyone cared, though! XD
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