Southern New Hampshire Real Estate and Short Sales: February 64 Doesn't Seem So Long Ago - The Beatles, Brad Delp And A Previously Unreleased Recording

February 64 Doesn't Seem So Long Ago - The Beatles, Brad Delp And A Previously Unreleased Recording

February 9, 1964 was certainly a major date in the United States.  The opportunity to see The Beatles for the first time on the Ed Sullivan show that night left an indelible mark on many. 

Two young boys whose lives were forever altered were the late Brad Delp (known by many as the incredibly talented lead singer for a famous arena rock and roll band and by others as the lead singer of his beloved Beatle band, Beatlejuice) and my husband, Steve Baker (one of the founders of that beloved Beatle band).

Over the years, Stephen and Brad co-wrote and recorded a number of songs.  As you'll be able to tell from listening, the inspiration for the song I'm sharing here, aptly entitled "Sunday In The Dark", was watching The Beatles on Ed Sullivan that night.

This particular song was rough recorded one morning at Winterwood Studios (aka our basement) and then hastily mixed onto a cassette for further listening and tweaking.  What can I say, they had a tee time.

Unfortunately, both the master and the cassette went missing.  These things sometimes happened with Brad...we have yet to unearth the video of our wedding that he made for us or the copy of Killer Klowns from Outer Space that we lent him in 1989...

Fortunately, the cassette was found in 2012.  Amazingly, it was in reasonable condition and through the wonders of the modern technology available to Stephen at Winding Pond Studios (aka our basement), he was able to finish it up and improve the sound quality considerably.

The 50th Anniversary of that first Ed Sullivan appearance seemed like a great time to share this song with lovers of both the Beatles and Brad. 

I think Brad and Stephen's love of the Beatles' music really shines through and, to me, the song has a certain poignancy.

It's still a bit rough but I hope you'll enjoy it anyway.  Listen carefully, you can hear Brad humming behind the verse Stephen sings and behind Stephen's piano solo.

 

 

 

 

 

Comment balloon 16 commentsJoy Baker • February 08 2014 08:22PM

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Joy~ great post, and I am glad they finally found the missing tape.... & just think "50 short years ago the fab 4 changed music and opened Americans eyes to "having to fun with music and letting lose

Posted by Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker (Kolsky Realty & Management) over 4 years ago

Joy- I'm listening to the song now as I write this commentand I can hear the Beatles' influence.  I am so happy  you found this cassette. My brother has a band (he's a policeman) and he loves the Beatles. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 4 years ago

Thanks for the kind words, Jon.  50 short years ago...holy cow!

 

Posted by Joy Baker, So NH RE & Short Sale Specialist (RE/MAX Insight) over 4 years ago

Hi Kathy~Most musicians - no matter what type of music they play today - will tell you that they were influenced by the Beatles...even the young 'uns.  What type of music does your brother play?

Posted by Joy Baker, So NH RE & Short Sale Specialist (RE/MAX Insight) over 4 years ago

Thanks for sharing Joy.  It does sound very much inspired by the Beatles.  It's sad that Brad is still not around making music, he was a very talented man. 

Posted by Jim Patton, Realtor - Stanislaus & Merced county Realtor. (Century 21 M&M - 209-404-0816) over 4 years ago

You're welcome, Jim.  I hope you enjoyed it!

Posted by Joy Baker, So NH RE & Short Sale Specialist (RE/MAX Insight) over 4 years ago

Hi Joy, I can't listen right now, as any video content kills this particular laptop which is currently on life support!  I watched the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Beatles coming to the U.S....unbelievable that is was 50 years ago!  I hope to get back to this and listen to Brad and Stephen's music, thanks.

Posted by Mary Douglas, REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado) over 4 years ago

Hi Joy The Beatles influenced so many talented musicans . Hard to believe it was 50 years ago . Thanks for sharing

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) over 4 years ago

Oh boy, Mary!  I see a new laptop in your future!  Thanks for the taking the time to stop by!

 

Posted by Joy Baker, So NH RE & Short Sale Specialist (RE/MAX Insight) over 4 years ago

Hi Hannah!  IMHO, The Beatles changed the face of pop music.  Thanks for taking the time to stop by!

 

Posted by Joy Baker, So NH RE & Short Sale Specialist (RE/MAX Insight) over 4 years ago

Joy - am I the only one who can't find the link to the recording? Is it me, my Mac or something else?

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) over 4 years ago

Hi Jon~No one else has mentioned that they can't find the link.  It should be a very large box right underneath where I finished writing the post.  Try following this link and let me know if this works:

http://youtu.be/2qQ9Is3ElWA

If that doesn't work (and you really want to hear the song) you could go to YouTube and type in "Sunday In The Dark".  It should come right up.

Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know about the "missing" link.  If you wouldn't mind, let me know if you are ever able to get to it.

I hope you like the song!

Posted by Joy Baker, So NH RE & Short Sale Specialist (RE/MAX Insight) over 4 years ago

Joy,Thank you for sharing the story behind this beautiful song. I watch the Beatle Juice videos almost daily (yes still) and have a playlist on YouTube with all of them at Salem HS. Those are my very favorite, they were all having such a great time and that is "Just Great" as Brad loved to say. Sunday in the Dark is an absolute treasure!

Posted by Mariealena Belanger over 3 years ago

Hi Marie~I still watch those great videos, too!  Bittersweet memories and beautiful music played by incredibly talented musicians.  I'm glad you still enjoy them and I'm happy that you like Sunday In The Dark and the story behind it.  Thank you for taking the time to write such kind words!

Posted by Joy Baker, So NH RE & Short Sale Specialist (RE/MAX Insight) over 3 years ago

Hi Joy, me again 😊I'm hoping you'll help me out, I have all the lyrics but cannot make out the line at the end of the verses.Here's what I have:February 64, doesn't seem so long agoSeated round the set we sawThe faces from the radioSunday in the dark, Sunday in the dark, yeahHumming?Life forever changed that nightWatching them in black n whiteWith that music night and daySinging the hours awaySunday in the dark, Sunday in the dark, yeah?? ??? ??Look at all the photographsTwo tickets torn in halfMemories come rushing back All at onceSunday in the dark, Sunday in the dark yeah?? ??? ??Repeat ... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Sorry to be a bother but its killin me trying to figure it out, hope you understand.Thanks!Marie

Posted by Mariealena Bélanger over 3 years ago

Wow ... Sorry it all bunched together like that. I pasted from my notepad.

Posted by Mariealena Bélanger over 3 years ago

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