New York City, February 9, 1964
Studio 50 was filled to the brim with screaming teenage girls. Some of them were with their parents, others with their friends. I was no exception! Being related to a Beatle's girlfriend has its definite perks! Because of this, my cousin Cynthia Powell and I were guaranteed front row seats.
"FIVE MINUTES ‘TIL SHOWTIME!" One of the stage hands exclaimed in to the microphone. The multitude of crazed girls went wild at the announcement. Cyn and I instead of squealing and shrieking stood up and did a bit of a happy dance; and sat back down.
Promptly at eight, Mr. Ed Sullivan walked across the stage, waving to the audience. The throngs of teenage girls thundered at the anticipation of seeing their idols. You could barely hear Mr. Sullivan speak as he tried to calm the audience. Any time he mentioned The Beatles, it was as if the sound-barrier had broken! We had to block our ears several times.
"Now for the moment you've all been waiting for! LADIES AND