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Rock N' Roll And The Beatles

February 7, 2014, 7:15 AM by Brittany Larson

Rock N' Roll And The Beatles

Beatle mania rocked the USA when The Beatles took the stage at The Ed Sullivan Show more than five decades ago.
"This was taken in 1963 with Dick Clark and that's the Caravan of Stars they called that," Myron Wachendorf said.

Retired Musician Myron Lee has spent 45 years in the music industry. He got his big break while he was in high school. 

"And that was taken backstage at one of the shows we played all over North America at that time," Wachendorf said, pointing to an old photo. "American Rock N' Roll, that was the hot thing. That was the only thing."

But soon, Americans would get a taste of music that originated from across the pond.

"It was about 1964, they get on the Ed Sullivan Show and I think everyone in America watched that, including myself," Wachendorf said.

This Sunday will mark 55 years since The Beatles took the stage.

"Ed Sullivan was the biggest thing happening at the time and when you get on a show like that where you got what, maybe 75 million people watching, that gives you a quick start," Wachendorf said.

Wachendorf adds, with the exception of Neil Diamond, The Beatles' success gave many American artists a run for their money.

"At first, we didn't think too much of The Beatles and the reason is because they were taking the dinner right from our tables and the money out of our pockets," Wachendorf said.

While the South Dakota Rock N' Roll Hall of Famer wasn't a fan at first, he says he couldn't ignore their talent for long and grew to have a huge appreciation for the band.

"When you see them and hear their songs, it takes you back to the good ol' days; we call them when life was so simple. And their songs have never worn out, you hear them over and over and over," Wachendorf said.

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