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    Posted January 26, 2014 by
    bmusicl2
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    San Diego, California
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Beatlemania memories

    When I Was Younger So much Younger than today

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     bmusicl2 told me, 'That's me on my 8th birthday with the Beatle suit my mom made for me. My earliest Beatle memories were from Ed Sullivan and then just being totally in love with them and their music. I knew Paul would wait and marry me, although I was 14 years his junior just because my Dad was 12 years older than my mom. I truly believed it was possible. My best friend Charlie and I would put on their records and we had plastic guitars and we would pretend we were singing their records'
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    I was barely 7 when the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan show 50 years ago. My family sat in front of the TV every Sunday and I particularly had a fondness for an Italian mouse Top Gigio. At that time the only records I ever listened to were Disney ones or the musicals my dad had on vinyl. But having 2 older sisters I had already been subjected to some folk and always a California girl, the Beach Boys music had drifted into our home as well. But that night seeing those 4 British boys in their suits and moptop hair, I was mesmerized. The music was so much fun and made me feel so happy and I fell in love immediately with Paul McCartney. i was too young to buy albums or magazines and probably my parents thought it was a phase, but I began to live and breath the Beatles. And although the album Meet the Beatles belonged to my sister, I listened to it as much as she did. I carried a Beatle lulnchbox to school in the fall of 1964, that still is my prize Beatle item, and all I wanted for my birthday was a Beatle suit, which my mom made for me and I wore with pride. My best memory actually took place in 1965 as my family was preparing to move to Japan for a year and we had to get shots for the trip. I proudly wore an I Love Paul badge, but I was like any other 8 year old, terrified of shots. I cried and one of the nurses very seriously told me that Paul would not love me if I cried. I stopped. I did't cry because all I ever wanted was Paul to love me. 50 years later, I have met the man 2 times, seen Wings live and McCartney as a solo artist a dozen times. Beatlemania still lives in me and is a major part of who I have become. My passion and love for music started with the Fab Four and continues to this day. I am proud to call myself a Beatlemaniac of 50 years.
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