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The Beatles Come to Chapel Hill

by Charly Mann

Most people remember the start of Beatlemania as February 9th, 1964 when the Beatles first performed on the Ed Sullivan Show. That may have been true in the rest of the United States, but the Beatles had become a popular in Chapel Hill almost a month earlier. The Record Bar on Henderson Street began a campaign entitled The Beatles Are Coming in early January. As you walked in the door there were stacks of a free newspaper called National Record News with the headline SPECIAL BEATLES ISSUE and a large rack displaying the first album to be released by the Beatles in America called Introducing the Beatles.


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color cover guy      5:09 PM Sun 1/8/2012

my email is peyote_fugly at yahoo (underscore between peyote and fugly)

Color Cover Guy      5:06 PM Sun 1/8/2012

Pied Piper Records was the best. I have a few old Pied Piper Catalogs and even one from Lulu's Records. I will be happy to scan them for you. Would like to get in touch with Ed Rosen again. Old friend. Please email me.

Alvaro      1:52 AM Thu 10/27/2011

For anyone interested, I have this rare tribute to the Beatles listed on eBay.<br \>e-mail: asmneto@gmail.com

Mobius      10:25 AM Fri 9/24/2010

What a great web site and retrospective of Chapel Hill! Really enjoyed all of it. Many thanks. Haven&#39;t been able to get James&#39; &quot;In My Mind I&#39;m Gone to Carolina&quot; out of my head for days. Kind regards!

Rita Boone      10:10 AM Wed 9/1/2010

The Beatles&#39; music really seems to transcend generations. My daughter, who is 24, and I have very different tastes, but we both agree that a recent Paul McCartney concert we attended was the best live show either of us has seen. My daughter also often still wears a McCartney t-shirt she bought at that concert.

Ed Rosen      4:21 PM Wed 8/25/2010

Do you still have copies of the HOT AS SUN album for sale?

Gwen Newcott      5:18 PM Mon 8/23/2010

Thanks for the delightful article about my favorite band. I am new to Chapel Hill and it is great to learn that there are so many connections here to The Beatles.

Bill Price      9:24 AM Mon 8/23/2010

I lived in Chapel Hill from 1962 to 1968. The Beatles were not only the soundtrack of that era, but also the reason we look back at that time as one of peace, love, and happiness. Without the Beatles we might only remember an assassinated president, a horrible and mistaken war in Vietnam, race riots in many major cities, and the murders of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King. The Beatles were vibrant, colorful, lighthearted, highly creative, and the majority of their music was positive and optimistic.

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Chapel Hill is located on a hill whose only distinguishing feature in the 18th century was a small chapel on top called New Hope Chapel. This church was built in 1752 and is currently the location of The Carolina Inn. The town was founded in 1819, and chartered in 1851.



What is it that binds us to this place as to no other? It is not the well or the bell or the stone walls. or the crisp October nights. No, our love for this place is based upon the fact that it is as it was meant to be, The University of the People.

-- Charles Kuralt



Dark Side of the Hill -- Pink Floyd, the creators of the most popular album in history, Dark Side of the Moon, took the second half of their name from Floyd Council, a Chapel Hill native, and great blues singer and guitarist. He once belonged to a group called "The Chapel Hillbillies".



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There would probably be no Chapel Hill if the University of North Carolina Board of Trustees in 1793 had not chosen land across from New Hope Chapel for the location of the university. By 1800 there were about 100 people living in thirty houses surrounding the campus.



The University North Carolina's first student was Hinton James, who enrolled in February, 1795. There is now a dormitory on the campus named in his honor.





The University of North Carolina was closed from 1870 to 1875 because of lack of state funding.





William Ackland left his art collection and $1.25 million to Duke University in 1940 on the condition that he would be buried in the art museum that the University was to build with his bequest. Duke rejected this condition even though members of the Duke Family are buried in Duke Chapel. What followed was a long and acrimonious legal battle between Ackland relatives who now wanted the inheritance, Rollins College, and the University of North Carolina, each attempting to receive the funds. The case went all the way to the United States Supreme Court, and in 1949 UNC was awarded the money for the museum. Ackland is buried near the museum's entrance. When the museum first opened, in the early sixties, there were rumors that his remains were leaking out of the mausoleum.



The official name of the Arboretum on the University of North Carolina campus is the Coker Arboretum. It is named after Dr. William Cocker, the University's first botany professor. It occupies a little more than five acres. It was founded in 1903.



Chapel Hill's main street has always been called Franklin Street. It was named after Benjamin Franklin in the early 1790s.



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Chapel Hill High School and Chapel Hill Junior High were on Franklin Street in the same location as University Square until the mid 1960s.



The Colonial Drug Store at 450 West Franklin Street was owned and operated by John Carswell. It was famous for a fresh-squeezed carbonated orange beverage called a "Big O". In the early 1970s, I managed the Record and Tape Center next door, and must have had over 100 of those drinks. The Colonial Drug Store closed in 1996.



Sutton's Drugstore, which opened in 1923, has one of the last soda fountains in the South. It is one of the few businesses remaining on Franklin Street that was in operation when I was growing up in the 1950s.



Future President Gerald Ford lived in Chapel Hill twice. First when he was 24, in 1938, he took a law couse in summer school at UNC. He lived in the Carr Building, which was a law school dormitory. At the same time, Richard Nixon, the man he served under as Vice President, was attending law school at Duke. In 1942, Ford returned to Chapel Hill to attend the U.S. Navy's Pre-Flight School training program. He lived in a rental house on Hidden Hills Drive.



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