Global Beatles Day 2018

This Monday, June 25, KVML celebrated Global Beatles Day. We hosted two special Beatles events during the day: a Facebook live chat about the Beatles and Kurt Vonnegut and a Beatles trivia contest, both run by Chris Lafave, our Curator and resident music trivia junkie.

Global Beatles Day began about nine years ago now. Faith Cohen, Indiana native and lifelong Beatles fan, wondered why, with all the crazy holidays that exist in the world, there still wasn’t a holiday for the Beatles.

“Over the years I had heard of silly holidays like ‘Talk like a Pirate Day’ . . .” said Cohen.  “I thought, if those days can make it to a calendar, why can’t a holiday dedicated to the Beatles?”

A framed photo Cohen took of Paul McCartney.

As a child, Cohen “latched onto [the Beatles] like a hungry baby to the breast” and remembers staying up past her bedtime to watch Paul McCartney perform on The Ed Sullivan Show. 

“I was very concerned why he seemed so sad,” said Cohen on her website. “I thought he was crying. I didn’t realize he was just sweating under the lights.”

Cohen chose June 25 for Global Beatles Day because the Beatles performed on TV at the first-ever global satellite transmission on June 25, 1967.

One of the Beatles jackets we had for sale.

Cohen also uses a quote from Kurt Vonnegut on nearly every part of her Global Beatles Day website. The quote reads, “I say in speeches that a plausible mission of artists is to make people appreciate being alive at least a little bit. I am then asked if I know of any artists who pulled that off. I reply, ‘The Beatles did.’”

That connection between Vonnegut and the Beatles is why KVML celebrates Beatles Day each year.

For the trivia contest, Lafave asked questions such as . . . . Teams with Beatles-themed names wrote down their answers to the questions, and Lafave read off the answers to each round at the end. The winning team was the Dr. Winston O’Boogies, named after the pseudonym John Lennon used when singing with his friend Elton John.

One of our stalwart winners (from The Dr. Winston O’Boogies) with his fair-gotten gains.

Please join us next year for Global Beatles Day! We’d love to see you there.

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