Renata Greene remembers back to 1963: She was in third grade and
her grandmother sent her and her sisters a record called "Meet the
"We wore that record out," she says with a grin. "I still
have it. Now, my nine-year-old son loves the Beatles."
Ms. Greene is one of scores of longtime Beatles fans who have
gathered here at the Hard Rock Cafe's Cavern Club to celebrate the
Fab Four's newly released "Live at the BBC."
The album has struck the tuning fork of Beatlemania.
Thirty years after the group's famed appearance on the Ed
Sullivan Show, renewed interest has people humming familiar tunes
Helping to remind them:
* A slew of new Beatles books have come out, including a
comprehensive encyclopedia, "ultimate recording guide,"
photographic history, "lost" interviews, and even a travel guide
for the Beatles' London.
* Beatles conventions held in Stamford, Conn. (Dec. 2-4) and Los
Angeles (Nov. 25-27) drew thousands of fans.
* The first Beatles record to be played live on radio - "Love
Me Do" - fetched a world-record price of $17,200 a few weeks ago
at a London auction.
* Beatles cover bands are emerging, notably in New England where
Brad Delp, former lead singer of the arena-rock band "Boston,"
has formed "Beatle Juice."
* The film "Backbeat," now on video, has sparked interest in
So it goes that the Beatles are not only still popular, they are
"The Beatles: Live at the BBC" is the first Beatles release in
24 years. The record has also opened the starting gate for a spate
of "new" never-released Beatles material to come.
"People have waited so long for an authorized Beatles release.
I'm pretty excited about it," says Tom Tiger, a longtime Beatles
fan and a talent scout for Warner Brothers Records. "The Beatles
are the ultimate pop masters. You can still hear their influence
What can you expect from "Live at the BBC"? Basically a taste
of the Fab Four as a young band from 1962 to `65. The double album
features 56 songs recorded during BBC radio appearances.
Thirty of the songs were never recorded for albums, such as
"Too Much Monkey Business," "Lucille," and "Don't Ever
Change." Most of the others are cover songs, such as Chuck Berry's
"Johnny B. Goode," Buddy Holly's "Crying, Waiting, Hoping," and
Ray Charles's "I Got a Woman." As Greene notes, "The Beatles
have influenced so many musicians; this collection shows that they
were influenced too. …