Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Beatles Arrive in the U.S.A. (1964)… Popular Culture Changes Forever + Food: Bananas Foster

The New York Public Library
recently presented an exhibition
"Ladies & Gentlemen, 

Entrance to the N.Y. Library exhibition.

In 1964, The Beatles arrived in the United States launching a revolution that changed the course of popular music. Their influence also dramatically affected fashion, art, advertising, religion, politics and almost every aspect of popular culture. A half-century later, The Beatles continue to touch our lives and despite the evolution of music, their songs continue to provide a a soundtrack for our memories and a mirror of our dreams.

John, Paul, George, Ringo, their songs and their musical instruments have become icons of popular rock music. In the early days of televisions being in every home, their performances on The Ed Sullivan Show riveted a whole generation to that glowing tube.

Our infatuation with The Beatles continues and today every generation knows and listens to their music, which is still played regularly on the radio.

Newspaper clipping from the day The Beatles arrived in the US for the first time.

On TV, The Ed Sullivan Show, CBS.

Beatles with Ed Sullivan.

Beatles Perform on Ed Sullivan Show.

A look at the set in color.

Original drawing for the set design.
Beatles rehearse for Ed Sullivan Show.

Beatles early business card.

The Beatles with Pete Best as the drummer.

Two cover versions of their first album, Capitol Records.

Early Recording - on TOLLIE Record label.

"She Loves You" on Swan label.

Gold Record for "I Want to Hold Your Hand"

Poster for "A Hard Day's Night" B/W movie.

Poster for "HELP" COLOR movie.

The "Butcher Cover" was nixed by Capital Records.
After the first run of production, the album had a "beige" cover
pasted over the Butcher cover (above). 
Only the few promotional copies of the original "Butcher Cover"
were sent out to radio stations
Many fans steamed the pasted-over cover off, to reveal the original underneath. 
The unadulterated promo copies are the most valuable of Beatles' memorabilia.

Newspaper articles from the day the Beatles arrived in NYC. (New York Journal American's coverage)

(Source: All photos were taken with permission of the New York Public Library, as journalistic coverage, for publicity of their exhibition "Ladies & Gentlemen, The Beatles!" Artworks © individual creators, artists, fabricators, respective owners or assignees.)


Bananas Foster
(flambé table side if possible)

6 Tbs butter
4 Tbs brown sugar
4 ripe bananas, peeled & sliced lengthwise
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup banana liqueur
1 cup white rum
4 scoops vanilla ice cream

Melt butter in chafing dish or skillet. Add brown sugar and blend. Add bananas and sauté. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Now pour the banana liqueur and the rum over the bananas. Start shaking skillet to agitate the alcohol, ignite, basting with the flaming liquid. When the flame has died, serve bananas and sauce over ice cream onto individual dishes.
Serves 4

Bananas Foster originated at Brennan's and is the "fancy" crowning glory of New Orleans' desserts.

Until later,
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