played fifty years ago today on The Ed Sullivan Show, and I was watching! Their mop-top hair and skinny pants were enticing to teenagers everywhere, and although I was already 23 when I heard them the first time, I was entranced. Prior to that time, I was wedded to rhythm and blues music and singers, but the Beatles changed all that - for a time.
I have loved The Beatles since I first heard "I Want to Hold Your Hand" on my roommate's car radio in 1964. I am pretty sure I've written about it before, but it bears repeating. When the song came on, she immediately changed the station, and I asked her to turn it back because I wanted to hear the song. When it finished, she remarked "They are terrible.....no one wants to hear that song....they will go nowhere in the USA." I sure do wish I knew how to contact her now, since I'd really love to point out how wrong she was!!
My mother was of the same opinion and I couldn't seem to get her to understand how good the music was - even if you didn't like the way they sang it. Sometime in the 70's, I found an album of Beatle's music played by a symphony orchestra. I put the album on one evening when mom and dad were visiting, and didn't say anything to preface it. After 2-3 songs were played, my mom mentioned how much she liked that kind of music, and much preferred it to the "screamers" of the day. I took great glee in pointing out the album cover to her and explaining that this music she liked was actually written by the Beatles. She looked sort of sheepish and grinned.......having to admit that I was right from the start. I loved being able to point that out....LOL
My favorite, from the start, was Paul. I do have to admit, however, that after seeing Paul and Ringo playing together on the Grammy Awards recently, Paul looks like he was "used hard and put away wet" (as mom would say) and Ringo looks about 40, despite his 70+ years. He also turned out to be a much smarter man that he was thought to be when the group first appeared on the scene. It goes to show that first impressions don't always hang true....lol
I still lament that they broke up, do you?