You might not be able to “buy me love,” but Amherst baker Tim Kiedrowski sure is helping pastry-lovers “Come Together” as he celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ landmark appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.
The Fab Four performed “All My Loving” and “Till There Was You” on the iconic Feb. 9, 1964 broadcast, driving Beatlemania to a fevered pitch.
Kiedrowski was eight at the time. He’d grown up listening to polkas and — like the rest of the country — found the British Invasion sound to be revolutionary.
“I remember hearing the hysteria about this band coming from England,” he recalls. “It was so much different from polka music and they had that beatnik look… There was something about them that seven-eighths of the world understood. I got it too.”
Kiedrowski became a Beatlemaniac. He’s collected John, Paul, George, and Ringo dolls (on display this week at his Cooper Foster Park Road bakery), posters, and learned to play the drums like Ringo, even covering some Beatles tunes in his band, Big Agnes.
The peak came in 1999 when he went on a whirlwind tour of Beatles-related sites in England.
Kiedrowski showed the News-Times photos and memorabilia from his visits to Eleanor Rigby’s grave, the Strawberry Fields, and the coffeehouse where “A Hard Day’s Night” was filmed.
His “Magical Mystery Tour” took him to the Beatles’ hometown of Liverpool and London. He even walked the crossing at Abbey Road.
This week he’s paying tribute to his favorite band by combining Beatles lore with confections.
He whipped up batches of “Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds” donuts that boast tangerine trees and orange marmalade. There’s also a “Strawberry Fields” variety with almond icing and strawberry mousse.
“I knew that 50 years was going to be a big thing,” Kiedrowski said. “How could I resist?”