APPLETON – A special tribute 50 years after the Beatles began the British Invasion. On February 7th 1964 the Beatles made their American debut on the Ed Sullivan show. Friday night that moment was brought back to life and it’s all for a good cause.
Every Beatles fan has their favorite song, or more. Friday Beatles cover band American English wowed the crowd with their own renditions and it’s fitting the show fell on the exact night of the first famous Ed Sullivan show in 1964.
“We’d never seen anything like it. Everybody sat down and watched it. Every body was glued. It was unbelievable,” said Tom Gable, who represents Ringo Starr in the band.
An Ed Sullivan impersonator was even on hand to introduce the mop tops
This is the tenth year the band has performed a benefit show for the MACC fund, or the Midwest Atheletes Against Childhood Cancer
“That’s a big part of why we do what we do. It’s that connection we have with the Beatles fans and when we do something that helps benefit something like the MACC Fund it’s a great thing,” said James Lynch, American English’s George Harrison.
Event creator Greg Thompson told us in the first 9 years far the event has brought in $83,000 for the MAAC fund. The tenth year is going strong.
“It feels good. It’s a little bit of work, but it’s really automatic pilot. I’m a little nervous, but I feel great,” said Thompson before the show.
This year the audience was packed with fans young and old.
So what is it about the Beatles that continues to hold such magic fifty years later?
“The music is just the best in the world. Take it from me, I would know,” said Eric Michaels, the band’s version of Paul McCartney.
“How many albums could be that great? How many songs on the albums could be that great and not sound like the next one? Who’s done that?” asked Gable.
Apparently the Beatles did.