2019-02-06 / Editorials

Beatles Day Should Be A National Holiday

We at the Queens Gazette think The Beatles deserve to be honored annually with a national holiday. Of course we are not insisting on a day off, those are hard to come by, and besides, we can listen to The Beatles any time at all. In fact, we’d be surprised if there were ever one full minute – no, one SECOND – when a Beatles song was not playing somewhere, whether from a radio station, record player, cell phone with Spotify or any other platform, including SiriusXM, The Beatles Channel (ch. 18). Whether it’s high-tech or low-fi, The Beatles’ music spans the ages and generations, across the universe.

We couldn’t imagine a world without The Beatles, and wouldn’t want to live in that world. We are ever so grateful to have been born in that era, just to have experienced the life-changing and divine music of The Beatles. That goes for each of the Fab Four’s solo efforts as well.

Beatles’ Day is celebrated by faithful fans each year, on February 7th, in commemoration of when The Beatles arrived in the United States in 1964 for their first North American tour. Two days later, on February 9th, The Beatles played on The Ed Sullivan Show, and we’d wager even those of us who were babies at the time remember that.

Another anniversary just passed: their final concert on the London rooftop of Apple records took place 50 years ago last week, on January 30th.

We are thrilled that Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr still perform. In fact, a little over five years ago, on October 9th (John Lennon’s birthday) in 2013, Paul gave a surprise concert at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, delighting 400 students, and Gazette publisher, Tony Barsamian, who covered the event.

Coming up: don’t miss the exquisite annual Concert of Classics at St. Michael’s Cemetery (72-02 Astoria Blvd, E. Elmhurst), featuring beautiful hand-holding music by The Beatles on Saturday, February 16th, at 3 pm – for free!

Do you want to know a secret? We don’t need any help to get back to where we once belonged, and although we’re not back in the USSR, and it’s been a hard day’s night, their impact on the world has been more than a day in the life. The future will revere The Beatles as much as the past has, for the love you take is equal to the love you make.

But we have to get back to the editorial. We can’t forget that in 1964, before The Beatles asked “will you still need me will you still feed me when I’m 64?” we didn’t know that the time would go so fast. It seems like it was only yesterday that it all started, and yet it’s been 55 years in the US and even longer in Liverpool.

We ain’t got nothing but love for The Beatles: John, Paul, George, and Ringo, and we know it can only grow, every day, eight days a week, and it’s getting better all the time. Happy Beatles Day – Fab Four Forever!!

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