Jan. 21 The BeatlesNote: This lecture will begin at 9:30 a.m. so there's plenty of time to listen to your favorite Beatles' songs!

On Feb. 9, 1964, Ed Sullivan introduced an exciting, new British group, whose music immediately swept the nation. If you were a teenager in the mid-'60s on that Sunday evening, you sat riveted to your TV set listening to “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” and “She Loves You, yeah, yeah, yeah” sung by four, very cute "mop tops," who immediately rocked your world. But who would ever have imagined that the impact of this group would remain with us for decades to come? Beatlemania took the world by storm!

At 9:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, Vincent Bruno, a Beatles scholar and '60s rock historian, will walk us through the Beatles' musical journey, beginning with their early days as a cover band in Liverpool and Hamburg, to the excitement of Beatlemania, through their creative, groundbreaking studio albums, on to the formation of Apple Corps and, lastly, to their remarkable final recordings at Abbey Road Studios. Coming full circle, Bruno will explore highlights of each musician’s post-Beatles work.

As a Beatles scholar, historian and storyteller, Bruno embraces not only their legacy, but presents an entertaining, interactive and informative session. Both the casual listener and the hardcore enthusiast will find Bruno’s presentation illuminating.

Recently retired, Bruno served as director of first-year programs at LaGuardia Community College (City University of New York). For the past 20 years, he has lectured extensively on the Beatles and the '60s at universities, colleges, libraries and community centers. He lives in Sewaren, New Jersey, and Sun City, Arizona.

Tickets to all Monday Morning Lectures are $5 at the door of the Renaissance Theater.

For more information see Vincent Bruno’s website