User uShare Login | Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.

79° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options


TEMPERATURE LOCATION | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!


50 Years Since Beatlemania

February 9, 2014, 10:05 PM by Stephanie Gregory

50 Years Since Beatlemania

Sunday marks 50 years since the Beatles first appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show. As millions of Americans tuned in for the start of the British invasion, it was also a turning point for Rock and Roll and the start of a cultural revolution.

50 years ago, the Beatles touched down in America and a generation fell in love. Rod Schmidt was in the mist of that generation.

"They were game switchers. The earth moved a degree and I think all the music has come along since then is a part of that," Schmidt said.

Schmidt believes the Beatles and the British Invasion helped lift the country after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

"79 days after President Kennedy got shot the Beatles played on The Ed Sullivan Show and that's where they shook the world," said Schmidt, "All we listened to was church music; it was a very sad time. Thanksgiving was sad, Christmas was sad, January was sad and all of a sudden these four guys came over and I don't know what planet they were from and they were playing their guitars. It was the music that lifted us up."

Even before their appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, Schmidt was exposed to The Beatles on a short wave radio. Before that time, Schmidt says everything was black and white, but the Beatles brought color.

"Up to that time you had a black suit and a brown suit, you had white shirts or brown or black ties and you had brown shoes or you had black shoes and you had a short haircut and you got in line and here came these guys. They started shaking their heads and playing their music," Schmidt said.

It changed Schmidt's life. Schmidt has grown up traveling and walking the same steps the Beatles walked from Liverpool to London then into the United States.

He has photos of himself in front of 'Strawberry Fields'. "Right across this little lane is a cemetery and Father McKenzie and Eleanor Rigby are in that cemetery," Schmidt said.

Schmidt was down the street from The Dakota in New York City where John Lennon was shot and killed in 1980. When he heard the news he rushed to the site before anyone else got there.

"I just walked up to the doorman and asked him, 'What do you want for your hat and whistle?' I bought it and got out of there because thousands of people started to come there," Schmidt said.

The hat and whistle are still in his home today along with several other pieces of memorabilia. Rare records, posters, a string of Christmas lights from their studio - even two full sets of autographs. 

"They were the genuine article that happened at the right time and it couldn't happen again in a hundred years," Schmidt said.

Schmidt says he believe the music still has a long life ahead of it.

"I think Beatles music will be around --- probably forever," Schmidt said.

The Beatles continue to be popular today. The song 'Yesterday' remains one of the most covered songs in the history of recorded music.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:
A misspelling was corrected in this story.

Previous Story

Next Story


Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View featured stories

You may also like

Dual Credit Helps Offset College Costs

7/16/2014 10:15 PM

South Dakota students now have a way to reduce the cost of their college education while they're still in high school.

Full Story | Watch
Canton Still Recovering One Month After Flooding

7/15/2014 10:00 PM

It's been exactly one month since rushing water flooded the town of Canton destroying homes, businesses, and roadways in its path.

Full Story | Watch
Inside KELOLAND: 24/7 Sobriety Program, Sioux Falls Events, Arc of Dreams

7/20/2014 3:30 PM

Since its beginnings South Dakota's 24-7 sobriety program's goal is to keep people sober and out of jail.

Full Story | Watch
Treacherous Training

7/17/2014 10:02 PM

Firefighters do more than put out fires. This time of year, they can find themselves braving rushing waters to save a person who might be in trou...

Full Story | Watch
Cyclists In The City

7/21/2014 9:55 PM

For some people, learning to ride a bike is the oldest memory they have. It's something you can do at a young age.

Full Story | Watch