Episode 3: When Beatlemania Took Over America and Ohio

Click to hear Ep. 3: “Ohio v. the Beatles”

When the Beatles arrived on US soil in February 1964 the music world and social norms in this country changed forever. And nowhere did Beatlemania have more of an effect than on the Baby Boomers in the Buckeye State. By analyzing their touring years in the States (1964-66) and their four Ohio live shows we see just how crazy it was to be in the Fab Four. In Episode 3, “Ohio v. the Beatles,” Alex sits down with four Beatles experts to discuss their meteoric rise to the top of the entertainment world and why they ultimately stopped touring after 196

We’re joined by author Dave Schwensen to discuss his books Beatles in Cleveland and The Beatles at Shea Stadium. Dave shares his insight to why Paul, George, John and Ringo matter so much and how crazy they drove his generation. Dave shares inside stories and antidotes of the Beatles touring years, including their riotous shows in Cleveland in 1964 and 1966. Dave was at the infamous 1966 concert at Cleveland Municipal Stadium as a kid. Buy Dave’s excellent Beatles books here…https://www.amazon.com/Dave-Schwensen/e/B001JS4SFK

We sit down Janice Mitchell, the biggest Beatle fan in the Buckeye State in 1964. Janice tells us how as a 16 year old in Cleveland Heights, Ohio she was consumed by Beatlemania and ran away to go find them in London. She walks us through the plan and how she became the target of an international manhunt where even the Beatles were said to be looking for her. Janice also describes the mayhem that stopped the 1964 Beatles show in Cleveland that she witnessed from the front row. Janice’s great new book My Ticket to Ride (2021) is available for purchase here https://www.grayco.com/product/my-ticket-to-ride/

Author and historian, Jeff Suess, joins the show to talk about the Beatles two appearances in Cincinnati. One of which was said to be the only show the Beatles had to cancel, only to play the gig the next day at Crosley Field. Jeff is the librarian at the Cincinnati Enquirer and a wealth of knowledge on the history of the Queen City but also a big Beatles aficionado.

Lastly, Alex talks with musician, Joe Peppercorn about the Beatles music and his amazing annual Beatles Marathon his band plays in Columbus every December. Known as Sgt. Peppercorn’s Marathon, they expertly perform every Beatles song in chronological order. It is a can’t miss annual event in the Capital City. Click here for more information and special thanks to Joe for chatting with us about the Beatles, we had a blast. https://www.facebook.com/sgtpeppercornmarathon

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