February 9th is the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ appearance on the Ed Sullivan show. I’m too young to have actually watched it on TV, but I did go through a HUGE Beatles phase in 8th and 9th grade. I knew all the songs, had all the albums and even made my own trivia/board game about The Beatles.
I’m still a Beatles fan, though perhaps not so fervently. I quietly note when it’s a member’s birthday (July 7th, June 18th, October 9th, February 25th) and sprinkle Beatles’ songs into my music listening. “For No One” is still one of my favorite tunes ever. All that knowledge comes in handy for pub quizzes and Trivial Pursuit nights, too.
So what does this have to do with photos? Well sometimes as a photo editor your job and your personal interests overlap nicely. Earlier this week I was asked to choose some photos for our coverage of the 50th anniversary of their Ed Sullivan Show appearance. Suddenly I had an excuse to dig through Associated Press archive photos from 1964. After years of only seeing black and white video of the performance, it was surprising to see some color photos from the show.
Perhaps most surprising is this photo of Paul McCartney looking so very young. He was 21 years old at the time.
As I was looking through photos, I kept thinking how excited 13-year-old me would have been to have this chance. Looking through Beatles photos for your job? A dream come true.