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.