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This week marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles first coming to America and culminating in their appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on Sunday Feb. 9th. Already well known in the U.K., they had topped the charts in the U.S. with their first album, Meet The Beatles in December, so they were poised to conquer the world. And they did.
But The Beatles were not merely a trendy music group, they actually changed society, with an impact on fashion, religion, political activism, and of course, music itself. Many of the technical aspects of writing and recording were done for the very first time by The Beatles. And they still influence musicians, artists and others today.
This week is a reflection of not just that era and our memories, but an appreciation of their music, personalities and effect on our lives. Because for a brief time, it really did seem like all you needed was love.
Monday- Guest writer John makes the first of two appearances in this Beatles week with a tour through The Beatles’ London.
Tuesday- Jackie steers us through the very thorough resource book The Rough Guide to The Beatles .
Wednesday- RosyB looks at some solo songs of John Lennon and wonders if a bit of primal screaming therapy might have helped the Beatles too.
Thursday- John returns to indulge in some high-level Beatles nerdery with Recording the Beatles.
Friday- Leena takes a fresh look at the band’s beginnings in the graphic novel Beatles With An A by Mauri Kunnas.
Saturday-To end the week, an assembly of everyday people’s favorite Beatles songs and why.
Photo of The Beatles in 1964 from Montreal Gazette.