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Meet The Beatles All Over Again 

Bernadette Castro, pictured at The Plaza Hotel in February 1964, meets The Beatles just days before they became international megastars after performing on “The Ed Sullivan Show” Feb. 9.

With the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ historic Feb. 9, 1964 appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” looming, a Lloyd Harbor resident is recalling her encounter with the Fab Four just days before the lads from Liverpool changed the course of modern music.

Now best known as a home-furnishings entrepreneur and former longtime commissioner of parks under Governor George Pataki back in 1964, Bernadette Castro was chasing a dream much like John, Paul, George and Ringo – to be a rock star.

So while she was on her mission to become a singing sensation, her manager, disc-jockey Murray The K, arranged a photo-op with The Beatles outside their Plaza Hotel suite in New York City during their first visit to the United States.

While their “totally different sound” drove their popularity, don’t forget that in ’64, The Beatles were pop idols, and much of the buzz was driven by more cutesy clips about “their hair and because of their accents,” Castro said. Although mega-stardom had not yet been cemented, Castro said the feeling in the air was electric.

“I could hear the girls screaming behind the barricades,” she said. “Being it was their first visit, it was obvious they were huge… They [the girls] were absolutely freaking out. It was the first time other than Elvis that young girls and women were screaming.”

While Castro would later decide against pursuing music, she instead gained recognition as a businesswoman and for her work in state government. Fifty years on, she has fond memories of the encounter.

“They were very charming, very friendly. They were thrilled that America was so excited about them,” she said.

Meanwhile, one of the premier Beatles tribute bands will try to make memories anew at The Paramount on Feb. 8, when The Fab Four will take the stage and recreate some of the band’s most iconic compositions.

Known for their attention to detail, The Fab Four performs uncanny, note-for-note live renditions of Beatles’ songs with such precision you might feel like you’re watching the real thing. Featuring three costume changes representing every era of The Beatles’ ever-changing career, this tribute band has taken the stage around the world.

Doors open at 7 p.m., with the concert beginning an hour later. An after-party in the Founder’s Room is planned following the performance. Tickets are $29.50 up to $63.50. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster, http://paramountny.com or the theater box office. For more information, call The Paramount at 631-673-7300.

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