Video: The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show (34 Secs)
By Marion Algier – Ask Marion
It has been quite the week for entertainment and history… Jay Leno’s last Tonight Show, Opening Ceremonies and the first medals of the Olympics in Sochi and the 50-Year Anniversary of the Beatles’s invasion of America and their historic debut on the Ed Sullivan Show.
As I watched Jay’s last show; the Opening Ceremonies; and the special 50th anniversary show remembering the Beatles, featuring Paul and Ringo playing together, I saw a good part of my life pass before my eyes… as it was, as it was supposed to be, as it was represented. It made me think of Charles Krauthammer’s interview with Bret Baier about his recent book, Things That Matter when he said he changed from a profession in psychiatry to politics because he realized that politics (and religion) affect everything… and so they do! It also reminded me of the various stages of my life and how I had changed.
At one point in my life I thought that everything mattered, at another point I thought I could control a good percentage of my life, then I had children and realized how little I controlled and now sometimes I wonder if anything matters… let alone whether I can control much of it.
Music, photos, and events remind us of who we were, what we felt at pivotal moments in our lives and then brings the reality of things long buried to the surface; makes us think… think about what didn’t happen, how things changed or were changed and how we changed. And if we allow it to, that leads to questioning why?
Because in the end… Everything is connected in one way or another.
Huckabee’s thoughts on his evening at the “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles” taping:
I attended the taping of the tribute to The Beatles with my friend Pat that aired on the 50th anniversary of their American debut on “Ed Sullivan.” “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles,” it was called. First, there was a pre-show reception at the Grammy Museum; not many familiar faces there but some that perhaps should have been — familiar, that is! Pat found himself standing next to a man sporting a sparkly “guitar” pin on his lapel and almost said to him, “That’s a nice pin; do you play the guitar?” Good thing he didn’t ask that the man turned out to be Joe Walsh.
After the reception, we walked (yes!) to the L.A. Convention Center and sat very near Paul, Ringo, Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson, Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon, and many other celebrities.[…] Dennis Miller was there. Johnny Depp, Kate Beckinsale and Sean Penn introduced various segments (Depp and Penn stumbling over their cue-card intros; can’t they TALK?), and — best of all for me — Eurhythmics reunited, with Annie Lennox in fine voice for “The Fool On The Hill.” John Legend and Alicia Keyes sang “Let It Be.” Katy Perry sang “Yesterday,” just standing in one spot and singing fully-clothed, which in itself is a novelty. Stevie Wonder sang “We Can Work It Out.” In fact, he sang it twice because he wanted a re-take (apparently, there were a few things he wanted to work out.) This was a multimedia show as well, with biographical material, lots of film clips of the Beatles I’d never seen before, and fun footage from “A Hard Day’s Night” that made me promise myself I’d watch the movie again soon. It was better than the Grammy Awards, but then, they had much better material to work with.
Oh, they also had acrobats flying around on wires. It seems even the Beatles have to have those.
But the highlight, of course, was the reunion of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. On Grammy night, they had technically shared the stage, with Paul on one side and Ringo on the other, but on this night they actually came together and linked arms for “Hey Jude,” “Sgt. Pepper” and “I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends.” How many times does one get to witness something like that? Answer: one time.
Almost every American my age knows exactly where they were on the now infamous Sunday night in 1964 of that Ed Sullivan Show when half the population of the United States heard Sullivan say, “Ladies and Gentlemen, THE BEATLES”. Then I heard Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr say that coming to America was their dream and its realization touched their souls… but amazingly also that they had no idea of the magnitude and affect they had had on this country and that they were hesitant in agreeing to this 50th anniversary special because as McCartney stated, he felt it was a bit conceded or self-indulgent to celebrate and honor yourself. Then several Americans pulled McCartney aside and explained what their music and that appearance had meant to them and the country… so the duo agreed to do it saying that whenever they played John and George were with them.
Then my mind flashed to the Sochi Opening Ceremonies where it was mentioned that Putin is hands-on in almost every aspect of Russian life including decisions about what is written in textbooks and taught in the schools. (Sadly not so different in the U.S. now with radical former Weather Underground member and Obama friend Bill Ayers leading the Common Core charge in our schools.) A little later in the program, showing the history of Russia, they highlighted the gradual westernization of the USSR, making it seem that activities people had to sneak to do, including young people listening to American music, had been supported and positive. A bit of re-writing history as was the vague downplay in the portion of the Opening Ceremonies that glossed over the Stalin era and the toll of Communism on the Russian people, as Putin attempted to soften memories and alter perceptions. And if you ever watched the PBS special, How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin, about the affect the Beatles had on change in Russia as well as the United States, it really makes you think.
And then there was the insane move by NBC to replace Jay Leno, the #1 rated nighttime talk show host for 15-years straight minus the little Conan break, who was not ready to retire… for a second time; something that makes no sense to anyone. And you really have to ask why and to what end?!?
It made me think about the past 50-years, all the change… good and bad, and question how and why we find ourselves where we are today.
Are phenomenon that appear at just the right or the opportune times like the Beatles, who appeared on the Ed Sullivan show in America only months after the still unresolved (in most American’s minds) assassination of John F. Kennedy to help us pull ourselves out of national mourning with race riots and a disastrous war in Vietnam on the horizon, accidents? And again the perfect timing of their appearance in the USSR just as the Russian Youth were ripe for change? And are decisions like taking a #1 Tonight Show host who is generally a-political off the air of the most left-leaning mainstream network that supports, promotes and hangs on to every Obama administration thought and spin, no matter how untrue, in anyway just bad business?
In the end the question is: Are all the coincidents, unexplainable phenomenon and bewildering questions that linger actually just accidents? Are they created by God as part of His bigger plan? Or are they created by the Ruling and Power Elite… that small group who most people barely realize exist, that manipulate the rest of us for their gain because we don’t pay attention or stand-up? As for me… I don’t believe in accidents.
But whether it is God, the Global Elite or a combination thereof, it certainly explains why a generation, Tom Brokaw’s ‘Greatest Generation’, who fought valiantly in one or both World Wars or Korea and were “Great Depression” babies or children of survivors of the “Great Depression and the Great War(s) who were patriotic and generally religiously affiliated, would in their attempt to spare their children the hardships they grew up with, go so far to the left, for the times, to produce and tolerate the most rebellious, self-centered, self-indulgent and spoiled generation of all time… the baby-boomers, who in turn spoiled and babied their children even more.
The members of the Greatest Generation generally grew up poor and gave their all (their youth, their health and their lives) for America and freedom, or definitely knew many who did, and they deserve our gratitude and respect for all they gave and their sacrifices. But where I differ with Tom Brokaw, who like Katie Couric and many other anchors and reporters, as well as much of Hollywood, is a member of the elitist CFR and power elite circle, the Greatest Generation didn’t follow through on their sacrifices and commitment to America after the war years. Instead, wanting to spare their kids the strife and hardships they went through, the Greatest Generation raised spoiled self-indulgent children, the baby-boomers, who in turn raised spoiled self-indulgent children, Generation X, Generation Y and the Millennials, with even less structure, less understanding and knowledge of their heritage or history, generally strangers to sacrifice, and often unexposed to religion or even God but definitely less than their parents had been; plus generally they were without moms at home after school who, like our president, often grew up without stable fathers in the picture. So they were rife for manipulation, indoctrination and experimentation! …For you can’t miss what you don’t know or weren’t taught!
Those in power today from the Clintons to the Obamas and the members of their administrations are and were products of the ‘could be’ generations that followed the so-called The Greatest Generation.
Remember Hillary Clinton’s famous debate comment in 2007: “I prefer to think of myself as a Progressive!” (Video), after being asked if she was a liberal). The Clintons are and were Progressives…, having been part of the George Soros, Saul Alinsky and Cloward and Piven team; The Shadow Party.
Whereas the Obama’s are part of the generation inspired and spawned by Soros, Alinsky, Cloward, Piven , the Clintons and their ideas. Both President Obama’s mother and grandparents were Communists, who attended the Little Red Church in Washington state as well as his mentor Frank Marshall Davis. They were part of the ‘anti-traditional America’ movement… or is it really part of the global anti-freedom movement?
The Baby-boomer generation everywhere changed the world with the aid of outside forces and events like the British invasion known as the Beatles, but in the end they didn’t make the positive differences they set out to do or were propagandized to think they would. They were diverted and distracted, letting the power-brokers, the Marxists and the radicals take hold in every aspect of American life and to create the illusion of change in Russia from the USSR to a Communist-lite system still controlled in every aspect by the former head of the KGB.
So you be the judge… Accidental, God or the Power-Elite?
And by the way… I loved the Beatles tribute!