It was 44 years ago today…

How badly would music suck today were it not for the Beatles?  Before they burst onto the scene Rock and Roll was dead, Elvis was in the Army and came back to make horrible movies, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper died in a plane crash, Eddie Cochranedied in a car accident, Little Richard gave up music for the church and Chuck Berry was in jail for violating the Mann Act.  Rock and Roll became safe, became everything it wasn’t supposed to be, it became lame…

Balladeers ruled the charts.

There’s nothing wrong with the music of Bobby Darin, Frankie Valli or Ricky Nelson, if that’s your bag, but it’s not Rock and Roll.  They were “safe,” parent-approved, controlled mellowness.  The early 60’s looked like they were proving the belief that Rock and Roll was a fad true.  Until this time in 1964…

It was 44 years ago today that The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show and gave us back Rock and Roll.

Maybe you’re a Stones fan, maybe The Who or The Kinks are for you, but you never would’ve heard of any of them without The Beatles.

The late, great Buddy Holly pioneered the art of a musical act writing their own songs, but The Beatles perfected it, and inspired all the acts to follow to do the same.  Think of the great music we wouldn’t have today if we didn’t have the events of 9 February, 1964.

Think what you will of their politics, who cares?  But nothing we hear on the radio today would be the same without them, it would probably suck significantly more than it does.  There really wasn’t a style of music they didn’t try, and weren’t good at writing. 

But you know the rest of the story, some of you may have actually lived through it, none of us did (or were even alive while they were together), but that doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate it.

There’s nothing we can say about them that hasn’t been said by others, and been said better, so we won’t try.  If you don’t get it, ask someone who was there and they’ll tell you impact of The Beatles.  Ask someone who was old enough to remember and they’ll tell you where they were when they first heard/saw them. 

So, without further ado, The Beatles…


1 Response to “It was 44 years ago today…”

  1. 1 Tregonsee
    February 9, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    “… but it’s not Rock and Roll.” Precisely! I prefer to wonder at how much good music, with words you could understand, and not be embarrassed by, requiring more than a couple of cords, we would have today had not the Beetles swept everything else away.

    Recently, I expressed that view to a musician who was aghast that I should commit such heresy. He sternly reminded me that the Beetles had influenced all the music in the past 40 years. My comment was that I agreed that was the problem. At his incomprehension, I reminded him that Hitler, Mao, and Stalin had certain influenced history, but that was definitely not a good thing.



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