Originally Posted by redsmetz
Here's an episode of American Bandstand after Dick Clark showed the two films for Strawberry Fields Forever & Penny Lane. Between the clips and after Penny Lane, he got the kids' reactions to the films & to their new look (the moustaches). Pretty funny. The Penny Lane clip ends around the 4 minute mark.
I actually remember watching that when it was originally broadcast. It was funny then listening to the negative reaction from the girls who still wanted to see four mop tops singing She Loves You ya ya ya. LOL
Back then I always wondered why the Beatles never personally appeared on ABS. And I think it had a lot to do with Clark himself. In the group's early goings Clark pretty much panned them. In 1963, Swan Records, whom DC was a founding member, won the distribution rights to release She Loves You on 45 in the U.S. (my sister still has it). But it was done over the objections of Clark who called those executives insane and said the Beatles would never fly. He did play SLY on a segment of ABS called Rate-A-Record, and said it scored poorly. But some said it scored poorly because that's what Clark wanted it to do. When Beatlemania hit the next year he called their music "kid stuff" and that the Beatles were already "tapering off".
I never could understand what Clark's "thing" was against the Beatles. Was it just ego, and not wanting to admit he may have missed the boat on this one? Was he concerned the British Invasion was going to be the death of the American East Coast music which was so popular then and made him a star? Just interesting stuff.