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Montvale Promoter Throws Biggest Beatles Bash In World | Pascack Valley Daily Voice

Montvale Promoter Throws Biggest Beatles Bash In World | Pascack Valley Daily Voice

March 03
09:26 2017

MONTVALE, N.J. — Mark Lapidos of Montvale, creator of this weekend’s 43rd Annual Fest for Beatles Fans , first fell under the spell of The Beatles at age 15.“The first time I heard ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand,’ I was sitting there doing my homework,” he recalled.“As soon as I heard it, it grabbed me. I’ll never forget that moment. I get chills thinking about it now.”WABC’s Scott Muni announced the name of the new group from England.Then Lapidos watched The Ed Sullivan Show so he could see what John, Paul, George and Ringo looked like.His love affair with the music and The Beatles’ story has never died.In fact, it refuels every year – in New York and Chicago.All week Lapidos, now 69, has been directing set-up for The Fest for Beatles Fans at the Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson. The bash starts Friday and runs through Sunday.Four thousand people are attending.“They’re coming from 28 states, Canada and the UK, just for The Fest,” Lapidos said.“The entire hotel is all booked up with our attendees. We’ve got all 13 ballrooms and activity rooms inside the hotel, too.”All weekend, there will be music, art exhibits, photo exhibits, discussions, and lots of shopping.Along the way, The Fest has become the world’s largest seller of licensed Beatles merchandise.The first Fest for Beatles Fans took place in New York City in 1974.That’s when Lapidos, then working at a Sam Goody record store, got the idea to have a convention marking the 10th anniversary of the band coming to the U.S.Lapidos, who wanted The Beatles’ blessing for his Fest, knocked on John Lennon’s door at the Pierre Hotel.After Lennon invited him in, Lapidos got what he came for.“I’m all for it,” Lennon said. “I’m a Beatles fan, too!”Next thing Lapidos knew, his Fest made the cover of Rolling Stone. The rest is history.

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Martin Nethercutt

Martin Nethercutt

Martin A Nethercutt is a writer, singer, producer and loves music. Creative Director at McCartney Studios Editor-in-Chief at McCartney Times Creator-in-Chief at Geist Musik President (title) at McCartney Multimedia, Inc. Went to Albert-Schweitzer-Schule Kassel Lives in Playa del Rey From Kassel, Germany Married to Ruth McCartney

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