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February 8, 2014

WOONSOCKET — Diane Newberry has just one thing to say to The Beatles: She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah.

But it’s more than love. It’s pop culture osmosis of the highest order.

See, the Fab Four broke up nearly three decades before the junior at North Smithfield High School was born. Somehow, the musical vibe of a bygone era has hop-scotched over a bridge of time – and a cacophony of modern-day, hip-hoppy sounds – to reach into the heart of a 16-year-old.

“I love ‘em,” says Newberry. “They’re my favorite band.”

The magical staying power of The Beatles will take center stage tonight as millions tune in to CBS network TV stations for “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles.” The two-hour entertainment special celebrates the legacy of the multiple Grammy-winning group’s first appearance on American television, precisely 50 years to the day, date and time of their debut appearance on the legendary “Ed Sullivan Show.”

Full story appears on page A1 of Sunday's Call.

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