In March 1966 , the London Evening Standard had published an interview with John Lennon in which the singer told journalist that the band was becoming famous and was more popular than Jesus and he was not sure which might go first – rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity”.
This led to protest in US southern states. There was public burnings of Beatles records, their songs being banned on radio stations, and anti-Beatles demonstrations.
A public ‘Beatles Bonfire’ was organised by the radio station KLUE in Longview, Texas .They had urged the local teenagers to bring in their records ,posters and other symbols that represented the group’s popularity and it was to be burned at a public bonfire. The records went up the smoke !
What happened the next day was something truly bizarre-
The very next day after it organised a public burning of The Beatles’ music and memorabilia, radio station KLUE of Longview, Texas was struck by lightning. The lightning bolt had hit the station’s transmission tower, thereby destroying broadcast equipment and knocking the news director unconscious . KLUE had remained off-air for some time afterwards.
Well The Beatles were truly very famous and listened across !
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