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4-Staters Reflect on Beatlemania

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It was a British invasion, on a global scale. Four young men with dashing haircuts and a flair for music made up The Beatles. Fresh, unique, it was a group that delivered sounds unfamiliar to the world.

"It was a whole new thing," said Dan McCain, a Joplin-based guitar owner. "And it wasn't like any of the other bands, any of the kind of fifties doo wop singers that were out there and vocal groups. They were a rock band."

A rock band that won the hearts and minds of Americans.

But before the storm of John, Paul, Ringo and George, there was quiet. 

"They just didn't float to the top right away," said Joplin resident Merle Allen.

Allen recalls the days pre Beatlemania. A teenage disc jockey in Pittsburg at the time, Allen would receive countless records from new bands, including a mysterious foursome from the UK.

But from the heaps of vinyl, the Beatles soon broke out and broke records.

"We have to hand it to the Beatles," said Allen. "The fact that they made it up through that decision making process. all the way to the top of the charts."

Allen has kept his vast Beatles collection from that time. He credits the band for their creativity, thus lending to their lasting appeal.  Five decades later the music culture is still redolent of the Fab Four's infections sounds.

"I get kids coming in here sometimes and saying 'man I'm really into the Beatles now' like they've just discovered it, "said McCain. "It's like it's brand new still. Their music is still brand new to people."

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