I was thinking back to when I first read about the Beatles, I was reading a story about them in an issue of time magazine while having lunch in my classroom in mid -1963. I remember showing my friend the photo of these guys from England with long hair! At least it was the longest hair that most people saw then and how they wore it, little did I know what effect they would have on me and a whole bunch of other kids!
It was Beatlemania in its infany and I was soon caught up in it. It was like 6 songs in the top 10 charts at once! I was a big fan of Elvis in the 50’s and always wanted to learn and play a guitar one day and so I did because of talented people like this.
This photo is from the original Help album I still have and plays fine!
Gibson SG Guitar
Back in 1964 my friend and I were hanging out and he played a Guitar like the one above, and I loved guitars and loved to sing even as a kid and it was Elvis that got me going in the 1950’s! there were great groups in the early 1950’s that were playing on the radio like, The four Seasons and the Beach Boys, but then in 1964 came the Beatles and that’s when I got the bug to learn more so one day my friend and I got together and he showed me a few chords and had a great time singing at his house but being left handed was a problem for me so I brought a right handed guitar soon in a hock stop for $35.00 in the town I lived but I tried hard to learn playing a right handed guitar learning with the guitar upside down playing the chords the opposite!
Yeah I know to a right handed person it seems weird but it’s true. Anyway one day we were hanging out and I said hey do you want to start a band? he says yeah I’ll teach you some chords and we’ll practice a few songs, we only knew a few and the Beatles were just out and wew played by ear and he knew instrumental songs and we did them and a couple of Beatle songs and one day he comes over my house and says,
I found us a drummer so we went to his house and we used to always practice in the basement back then and I met the Drummer we played through a few songs we knew he was a good drummer and decided to join us and after soon So we packing up everything in my 1951 Chevy 2 door and it was filled to the limit! we were playing at the Church hall where the high school kids would come pay $2.00 to get in and we were payed $5.00 each! But you know we would haved played for nothing because we loved playing music!
And we played there a number of times there and on the stage we had a mic each one on the left and one on the right and the drummer in the middle behind us it was a great time and we played a few back yard partys also yeah great memories we made back then, it lasted a few years and we kind of disbanded but I still got together with my Friend over the years just to play some music what a time to be in a band!