Did You Know? 1964.

Till There Was Meredith Willson.

Did you know that the classic love song – Till There Was You – from The Music Man was written seven years before first appearing on the Broadway stage in 1957?

Meredith Willson wrote numerous pop songs in the early 50’s and while Till There Was You flopped in 1950, it’s reappearance stirred many different recording artists to include it on their hit albums – from Chet Atkins to Ray Charles to, yes, even The Beatles!

The Beatles were becoming an overnight musical sensation, and on February 9, 1964, Ed Sullivan introduced The Fab Four to the American public. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr opened with their big hit – All My Loving – to ear-splitting screeches from teen-aged girls in the audience. The Beatles then followed up with Paul McCartney taking the spotlight to sing Till There Was You.


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