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Reliving the revelry

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 18th, 2014

courtesy photo Above: The Reveleers on stage in 1964. At left: Darryl Wetzell and Steve Whaley talk old times at the Axe & Fiddle.

Rock-and-roll legend has it that on Sunday, Feb. 9, 1964, a televised performance by four young lads from Liverpool, England turned all of America on to their brand of rock, in the process saving the music from near-extinction.

Steven Van Zandt, an authority on early rock-and-roll and longtime member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, phrased it like this in “Esquire” magazine: “Feb. 8, 1964, there was not one single rock ‘n’ roll band in the country. Feb. 9, the Beatles played The Ed Sullivan Show. Feb. 10, everyone had one. In the garage. ‘Garage rock’ is traditional rock ‘n’ roll... My life began on Feb. 9, 1964.”

For the complete article see the 03-19-2014 issue.

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