I was part of the baby boomer generation. On Sunday, February 9, 1964, along with over 73 million other Americans, the Beatles came into my family’s in the living room on the DuMont television set. There they were: Paul, George, John (sorry girls, he’s married), and Ringo. And I became part of The Beatles’ Generation.
My life was influenced by that magical performance in ways I would not know till years later. Only eleven years old, I had not yet thought about what I would make my life’s work, but the seeds were sown that night.
Looking back, it is remarkable how much The Beatles have not only influenced me musically, but my life in general. When I began college, I had planned to go into the world of business, either as a stock broker or analyst. But music was calling and since I couldn’t play an instrument, sing, or read music, it would be the business of music that put me where I am today.
As a radio DJ, producer, author, and rock historian, I have had numerous interactions with The Beatles and their extended family.
I’ve had the honor to spend time with and interview Paul, George, and Ringo on several occasions. I’ve visited with Yoko and Sean at the Dakota more than a few times. Produced Julian Lennon for his first American television appearance. Created and produced the first weekly Beatles radio show, Scott Muni’s Ticket to Ride, which ran on over 200 radio stations for over ten years. Had the opportunity to produce several Beatles radio tributes with hosts that included Graham Nash, Mick Fleetwood, and Bob Costas. Was invited by my friend Alan Parsons to the celebration for the 20th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper at Abbey Road Studios. Have become a friend and confidante of Larry Kane, who was the only American journalist to tour with the Beatles on their 1964 and 1965 tours, and helped him research his three best-selling Beatles books. Have been to Liverpool and Hamburg as the guests of insiders who allowed me to see what they saw and walk where they walked.
I guess you could say that I’ve collected my share of Beatles stories. Some of these names have since passed but their stories are an important part of history. Finally, I’ve shared them with all who want to take A Walk Down Abbey Road with me. You can get it here.
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