There was no mania quite as manic as Beatlemania, and it was at its undisputed height in 1964. In February, The Beatles had conquered the United States, the birthplace of their rock and roll idols, appearing twice on the Ed Sullivan Show and performing pandemonium-inducing shows at the Washington Coliseum and Carnegie Hall.
John Lennon was killed in New York City 31 years ago today. That's more than three decades' worth of pissed-off Beatles fans asking, "What If"? What if Lennon were still alive? What kind of music would he be making right now? At what point would the Beatles have gotten back together? Would it have been awesome or a horrible mistake?
Beatles artifacts that have found their way to the auction block recently range from the dental (John Lennon's tooth was purchased by a dentist) to the cool (George Harrison's Vox amp will be up for grabs in London soon).
Some late-breaking dental news from England: The BBC reports that one of John Lennon's teeth will be auctioned in Stockport, England, next month. It is expected to bring in £10,000, or just under $16,000 US.
Last month, Dave Depper, a Beatles-loving sideman and multi-instrumentalist who's seriously hooked into the Portland, Oregon, music scene, released The Ram Project, his own version of Paul and Linda McCartney's celebrated 1971 album, Ram.