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Forty years ago, Jewish journalist was the only American reporter to accompany
the Beatles on their first North American tours.
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arry Kane remembers
Sept. 6, 1964, as the day
he volunteered to be a
bodyguard for the
Beatles at Detroit's old 'Whittier
Hotel, because no security had
And it was the same day that
the "I Want to Hold Your Hand"
group played two concerts at
Olympia Stadium, where 40
teenagers were arrested for throw-
ing jellybeans and jewelry during
Larry Kane, right, interviews John Lennon
the Beatles' performances.
If you keep in mind that Kane
Larry Kane today
always wanted to be a news
reporter and that his boyhood idol
was Clark Kent, Detroit provided
However, compared to crime and
another opportunity for him to put a
politics and the state of the post-
professional journalist's perspective on a Kennedy assassination world, link-
crazy, daily planet.
ing up with a flash-on-the-turntable
Indeed, one of the craziest times in
music act wasn't Kane's idea of a hard
day's news. Or so he thought.
Kane's career was makina the grade as
the only American broadcaster
It's been 40 years, and Kane, 60, who
extensively travel with the Beatles on
went on to become a top TV anchor in
their 1964 and 1965 American tours.
Philadelphia and Emmy-winning
broadcaster, has authored a
personal memoir titled
Ticket to Ride (Running
Press; $22.95), sharing his
unique account of living
Beatlemania from the
"This is my story. It's
true, it's honest and it's
mostly told in the
[Beatles] own words," he
In the book,
Kane recounts that
he met Beatle
Epstein and inter-
and Ringo Starr in
Miami, prior to
their second appearance on The Ed
Sullivan Show in February 1964. Still,
the then-21-year-old Jewish news direc-
tor at radio station WFUN had yet to
be dazzled by the longhaired couriers of
the British music invasion.
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The Beatles-Chemed fundraiser will
include a Sgt. Pepper Silent Auction, a
Beatles Bucks (50-50) drawing for cash
and "fab, groovy, casual" attire.
"We're urging everyone to be part of
this experience that will take our guests
and their families back in time for some
really memorable musical moments,"
said Kramer. "We're proud to hold the
event in Detroit's new jewel and world-
class facility, the Max M. Fisher Music
The Beatles tribute concert is a simu-
lation that demonstrates what the origi-
nal Beatles would have sounded like
playing with a full symphony orchestra.
It creates Beatles music from the early
days on through the solo years — a nos-
talgic retrospective of the "Fab Four"
musicians and vocalists who took the
rock world by storm in the 1960s and
whose strong musical influence prevails
today with the group's two surviving
members, McCartney and Starr.
With the recent successes of the
Beatles' Anthology series and the 1
album of the supergroup's No. 1 hits,
the demand for Beatles music and mate-
rial is greater than ever.
"We really make an effort to sound
exactly like the original Beatles,"
explains Owen. "The orchestra score is
exact, right down to every note and
instrument on the original recordings.
"On 'Got To Get You Into My Life,'
we use two tenor saxes and three trum-
pets; that's what was written for it. And
the big orchestra crescendo is perfect for
A Day in the Life.' Most of our 20
numbers are real show-stoppers. Many
Beatles fans of today never had the
opportunity to experience a live Beatles
Owen, who plays rhythm guitar, is a
Californian who started piano lessons at
age 6 and won many piano performance
competitions through his teenage years.
He took up the guitar after first hearing
Born in Tucson, Ariz., Kishman, who
plays bass guitar, didn't start performing
seriously until age 19. Strongly influ-
enced by Wishbone Ash, Bad Company
and Peter Frampton, Kishman played
lead guitar in the group Cheap Trix.
Teeley's vocal impersonations of
numerous other rock icons have been
featured in many Broadway productions
and television ads. He has written songs
for several artists, such as Alice Cooper.
He is lead_g,uitarist for the group.
A native of New Haven, Conn., L.A.-
based actor/musician Carmine Grippo
has worked in TV and films. In 1994,
he joined "The Moptops," and made
numerous 'TV appearances as Ringo
Starr. Grippo, the drummer for the
group, has toured with various Beatles
shows to Japan, Italy, France and all
across the United States.
Conductor Hermann also is a prolific
composer and arranger. He has written
chamber and orchestral works and two
operas. The Los Angeles resident spent
two years in Paris on a Fulbrigh.t grant.
"Brunch with the Beatles" will help
sustain the JHAS's mission, which is to
enhance the quality of life of the frail