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July 4, 2014

Keeping The Beatles alive

An off-the-cuff remark by Tim Mahoney in the mid-1970s led to a long career in the music business for Tim and his band.

Tim and his brother, Brian, had formed a neighborhood band in their home area in south New Jersey, doing covers of Top 40 songs.

They eventually got a call from an agent, who needed a band to do an oldies gig at the Jersey shore.

“He said, ‘Do you specialize in anything?’ and I just blurted out, ‘Yeah, we do the music of the Beatles,’’’ Tim said.

The little white lie eventually led to a career as a Beatles impersonation act, Long Live the Beatles, with gigs all across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Scandinavia.

Along the way, the group added other acts which led to its Jukebox Heroes production.

For the 20th year in a row, the Mahoneys will make its annual pilgrimage to Knoebels Amusement Resort, in Elysburg, where they will do three shows a day from July 7 -13. They will do Beatles, Beach Boys and Elvis shows as well as the Juke Box Heroes. In addition they will perform at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. July 5 as part of the Shamokin 150th anniversary celebration.

Tim, interviewed before the band’s annual benefit show at Mount Carmel High School in April, laughed when recalling how they put together a collection of Beatles songs for that New Jersey show.

“We were big Beatles fans so that’s why when the guy asked us, the first thing I told him was that we do a whole set (of Beatles songs). The first time we did (a Beatles show), we did ‘Ticket to Ride’ three times. We only had so many hours (to learn),” he said.

The Beatles performances transformed into elegant productions in which the Mahoneys (the band now includes brothers Tim, Brian and Mike, along with Jay Swanson and occasionally Tim’s son, Tim Sean Mahoney) dress like the Beatles and play exact replica instruments.

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