Lance's Journal: 50th Anniversary of The Beatles in the U.S., Jan. 24, 2014

If you're over the age of 60, there's a good chance you remember the day The Beatles first set foot on American soil. It was February 7th of 1964, Beatlemania had arrived in the United States and music in America would never be the same.

The 50th anniversary of the Fab 4's breakthrough on the far side of the Atlantic.

Darrell Henggeler remembers it like it was yesterday. It was Sunday, February 9th, 1964 and Darrell, along with 73 million other prime-time viewers tuned into The Ed Sullivan show on CBS to get their first glimpse of Beatlemania in America.

Darrell had Beatles fever and he had it bad, He estimates that he's acquired nearly 1,000 Beatles items since he fell in love with the Fab 4 a half century ago.

Darrell was just 12 years old, living in Havelock when he saw John, Paul, George and Ringo on TV for the first time, "I originally saw The Beatles on 10/11 right here in Lincoln."

Darrell was hooked, "I remember the next day at school, I think I was in the 6th grade, it was all everybody was talking about, 'Did you see The Beatles? Did you see The Beatles?'"

Darrell is now 61 years old, "I'm old enough that I was even in the fan club when they were still together. People ask me all the time, 'Darrell with all this stuff you have in this great Beatle room, what's your favorite thing? What could you not live without?,' I would get rid of everything in this room before I would ever part with my original Beatle 45 records.

And while he loves all of The Beatles songs, one stands out among the rest, "My favorite is Penny Lane"

Every year for the past 2 decades, Darrell and his buddies gather together and partake in British food and drinks to celebrate the anniversary of the British invasion.


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