Ed Rudy started in show business as “The Milkman” on The Milkman’s Matinee, 1010 WINS in New York City. He became “Slim the Milkman” on Big Joe’s Happiness Exchange on WMGM and did Club 770 on WABC in the 50’s. Later he hosted the syndicated radio show Ed Rudy at the Celebrity Table live from The Pom Pom Café in New York City. In addition to hearing Ed’s booming voice on radio, fans began to see him on TV hosting the Video Variations variety show, The Decadence Show, and he was the announcer/second banana on the syndicated Steve Wight Variety Show from Al and Dicks restaurant nightclub in New York City and later from The Bell in New Jersey. Ed was also a reporter and columnist for a newspaper Show Business, New York Voice, Long Island Post, Entertainment World syndicated by Amusement Features Syndicate. He was a record producer as well, but it was his broadcasting for INS Radio News, Radio Pulsebeat News and UPI Radio that gave him his brush with The Beatles in 1964.
Ed was the only American reporter who traveled with The Beatles on their first full American tour. He met Beatles manager Brian Epstein months before they arrived in America and agreed to be a part of the early entourage. He met The Beatles at Kennedy Airport on February 7th, 1964, covered them at the Plaza Hotel on Park Avenue, traveled with them to Washington DC for their first US concert, reported on their shows at Carnegie Hall, and headed with them to Miami later that week, even sharing a suite with George Harrison at the Deauville Hotel on Collins Avenue.
Ed sent reports of his Beatles interviews to a network of 440 radio stations featuring exclusive audio of chats backstage, in person and on the phone with John, Paul, George and Ringo, Ed Sullivan, Mal Evans, Neil Aspinall and many others. Ed compiled a 48 minute radio documentary of The Beatles American Tour for his group of affiliates. It became so popular, that he later released the documentary on two separate LP albums in 1964 and both made the charts.
These documentary albums are an historical footprint of Beatlemania in America. They’re fun, upbeat and an innocent reflection of the times, catching The Beatles in playful, off-guard character as they plunged full force into the American mainstream. The Boys thought so highly of Ed’s coverage that they considered him “The Fifth Beatle” on the albums, recording custom liners on his behalf.
Today these two Ed Rudy Beatle interview albums have been digitally remastered and speed corrected for broadcast and are now available for your personal collection. While they contain NO BEATLES MUSIC, they are part of the digital DNA of The Beatles mark on America and are clearly a must-have for Beatle fans who want to hear the back story on The Beatles American Invasion.
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