Column: Looking back on life as my guitar gently weeps


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Has it really been 50 years?

On Sunday, Feb. 9, 1964, the Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show marking the band’s American debut. It is not an exaggeration to say that on that night as well as the following two Sundays the Beatles changed the world. It is most certainly true that they changed me.

The changes the Beatles wrought have been noted by historians, cultural observers, music critics and by personal testimony of fans around the world. For the past 50 years I have thought about that February evening and my reaction to it. As I ponder the timeline of my life, I can follow how one thing led to another, and I can trace how I became what I am today in large part because of those four lads from Liverpool.

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