...today that the Fab Four played on the Ed Sullivan Show, introducing the U. S. to a whole new sound.
Some of you may remember. Some of you may not, having not been either too young or not born yet.
Why was their impact so profound? One thing to consider is we, as a nation were still in mourning. Just two months and 18 days before, on November 22, John F. Kennedy had been assassinated. We were confused, angry, sad and a whole lot of other emotions. Then came the Beatles.
Another thing to consider is that pop music was saccharine at best, forgettable at worst. On January 17th, the top ten songs were (from one to ten): "There I've Said it Again" by Bobby Vinton, "Louie Louie" by the Kingsmen, "Popsicles and Icicles" by the Murmaids, "Forget Him" by Bobby Rydell, "Surfin' Bird" by the Trashmen, "Dominique" by the Singing Nuns, "Hey Little Cobra" by The Rip Chords, "The Nitty Gritty" by Shirley Ellis, "Out of Limits" by The Marketts and "Drag City" by Jan and Dean.
I actually remember some of these songs and can sing their melodies. But really, how many of them or the artists are remembered? How many of them have become standards, songs that get covered over and over by other artists?
The next day on January 19th, #3 "Popsicles and Icicles" was replace by "I Want to Hold Your Hand." #4 was "Surfin' Bird."
This sandwich gives a pretty clear picture of the state of music in the United States.
I don't know about you, but there was something refreshing about that middle group. Whether you like them or not, The Beatles changed the face (or ear) of music. They seemed to be able to translate into their music all that we (baby boomers) were feeling.
They pulled us out of depression and rescued us from ourselves. They paved the way for ALL that has followed.
From me to you.