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The Beatles

A Special Anniversary: John Lennon On the Air with Dennis Elsas

by Dennis Elsas
credits: Dennis Elsas, Andrew Wilson

John Lennon was my "surprise" on-air guest on September 28th, 1974, 40 years ago this weekend. What began simply as an opportunity for John to promote his just-released Walls and Bridges album turned into two hours of radio magic: John as the DJ, John discussing his former bandmates and speculating on the possibility of a Beatles reunion, John sharing some of the secrets behind the songs, and John just being John.

Question of the Day: Covering the Beatles

by Corny O'Connell

Today is the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' arrival in America for the first time. That day and the events that followed set off the British Invasion, Beatlemania and so much more. Among the many ways those days are being feted is Dennis Elsas' It Was 50 Years Ago Today - The Beatles Invade America today at 4pm on WFUV. We've also got it covered this morning with your favorite covers of Beatles songs.

It Was 50 Years Ago Today - The Beatles Invade America

by Dennis Elsas
The Beatles deplaning at JFK, photograph by Harry Benson, from the new LIFE book, "Paul McCartney"

America met the Beatles for the first time on February 7th, 1964, and from that day on, the music world and my life were never quite the same. It Was 50 Years Ago Today – The Beatles Invade America is my personal documentary recounting the events leading up to and following The Beatles' arrival at Kennedy Airport.

WFUV Movie Music: Hard Day's Night (1964)

by Dennis Elsas

A Hard Day's Night redefined what a "rock'n' roll movie" could be. United Artists had secured movie rights for the Beatles to obtain a successful soundtrack album. However, when director Richard Lester chose to go outside the traditional rock film formula, he created a cinematic and musical breakthrough. A great script and supporting cast, innovative visual techniques and performances from John, Paul, George and Ringo that exceeded all expectations combined to make this an unforgettable film.

The Beatles Invade America - Words and Music - 2004

America met the Beatles for the first time on February 7th, 1964 and from that day on, the music world was never quite the same. Beatlemania erupted as they arrived at New York’s Kennedy Airport, and continued to build momentum as the next week’s events unfolded — from the band's trip to the Plaza Hotel, to their appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, on-the-air with Murray the K, traveling to Washington, DC and Miami, and performing at Carnegie Hall. Revisit that week through rare broadcast audio and exclusive interviews, in It Was Forty Years Ago Today – The Beatles Invade America, hosted by Dennis Elsas. [Originally aired: 02/07/04]