Saturday, February 23, 2013

Shapiro Redux

February 23, 1963

The second half of the UK tour with Helen Shapiro kicks off.  Spoiler Alert:  A very significant event will take place on the last day of February on the bus between York and Shrewsbury.

The closest they get to London on this tour is Bedford. some 60 miles North of the capitol.  In the finest tradition of English conquest, first, they are marshaling their forces.

Also today, near as anyone can tell, is the first appearance of The Beatles on US radio.  Dick Biondi is a popular jock on WLS in Chicago.  (Chicago is home for VeeJay records who pressed the US version of "Please Please Me".)  This bit of audio from his show is recorded live off the air in the state of Delaware, 750 miles away from the source.  That is clear channel broadcasting at its finest.  (For a real feel, listen to the whole tape, but if you want to cut to the chase, it's at 5:56.)

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