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Queen's music professor reflects on the 50th anniversary of Beatlemania


Queen’s University popular music expert and School of Music professor Kip Pegley can comment on the 50th anniversary of Beatlemania. The Fab Four appeared for the first time in America on February 9, 1964 on the Ed Sullivan show. In an instant, Beatlemania broke out everywhere.

“The Beatles landed in the United States just when they were needed most: in the aftermath of JFK's assassination, Americans were looking for a much-needed emotional lift,” says Dr. Pegley. “The Fab Four landed with enthusiasm and optimism, and, within a span of seven years, changed the face of popular music forever. The took us from the lighthearted romance of ‘Love Me Do’ to the introspection of ‘Let it Be,’ all the while reflecting back to us many of the widely-held ideals of the turbulent 1960s.”

Please note Dr. Pegley is only available for phone interviews after 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 5.

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