West Long Branch:The Beatles were celebrated at Monmouth University’s Wilson Hall this past Saturday, fifty years since they debuted on the Ed Sullivan Show at Radio City Music Hill in 1964.
That evening the "Fab Four" played to an audience of 73 million TV viewers, which at the time was 86% of the country’s viewing audience.
Beatlemania at MU prevailed once again, in the smiles and faces of the audience of students, alumni and friends – some of whom lived that night in 1964, while others heard about it from parents, family members and life-long Beatles fans.
They loved them in 1964 and they love them still! “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!”
The program was keynoted by Bob Santelli, Director of the GRAMMY Museum. He shared the history of the Beatles, from their beginning to stardom.
Professor Ken Campbell moderated a student panel from his course at MU on the Beatles, providing insight in to what was going on in the world in those days. Each of the four students panelists, Allison Abate, Timothy Kerner, Sarah Lewis and Jessica Mantel shared personal feelings about the Beatles and the part the group and their music played in their lives. Their thoughts were both individual and personal.
Personal performances of Beatles music was presented by Justin Franco, and Joe Rapolla.
The afternoon Professional Panel included Doug Sulpy, Bobby Bandiera, Marc Muller and Vini Lopez, musicians of today.