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Smart Talk: Larry Kane's "When They Were Boys" on Beatles rise to stardom

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Feb 10, 2014 3:44 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, February 11, 2014:

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On February 9, 1964, more than 73 million TV viewers watched the Ed Sullivan Show to see the Beatles first performance in America.  As so many reminisce about that Sunday night 50 years ago, they often say they were changed forever.

After the show, we heard the stories of teenage girls naming their favorite Beatle or guys who decided to let their hair grow longer.

A half century later, the Beatles' brand of rock 'n roll is their enduring legacy.

The Beatles were far from overnight sensations as documented in Larry Kane's new book When They were Boys

Kane writes as an eyewitness to history.  He was the only American broadcast reporter to travel with the Beatles on every stop of their U.S. tours in 1964 and 1965.  He compiled hours of interviews and provided daily reports throughout the country during that time.

The book chronicles John Lennon and Paul McCartney's first meeting, six trips to to Hamburg, Germany to play nightclubs in that city's red light district, and provides little known insights into their personalities.

Larry Kane, who is best known as an iconic TV news anchor in Philadelphia, appears on Tuesday's Smart Talk.

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Larry Kane, Author of "When They were Boys: The True Story of the Beatles' Rise to the Top"

To hear more of Larry Kane's personal interviews with the Beatles, click on the links below:

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