“I’m really glad that most of our songs were about love, peace and understanding.”-Paul McCartney
Happy 71st Birthday Paul McCartney! I remember sitting in my parent’s bedroom and seeing The Beatles make their U.S. debut on the Ed Sullivan show on a little black and white TV, a Philco, I think. It was on my birthday, in 1964 and I just turned 11 years old. We couldn’t get over the girls screaming and crying. The Beatles composed many beautiful songs, some fun songs, some intriguing and thought-provoking songs and were humble enough to thank many of the great rhythm and blues and black rock and roll musicians that came before who influenced them. Such influences included: Chuck Berry and Little Richard.
“The impact of the Beatles – not only on rock & roll but on Western culture – is simply incalculable. As musicians, they proved that rock & roll could embrace a limitless variety of harmonies, structures and sounds; virtually every rock experiment has some precedent on Beatle records.”- Rolling Stone Magazine The Beatles were also one of the first bands to actually express their feelingson major world issues. They played in the U.K. originally and then traveled outside to the U.S. and other countries like Mexico and Canada that allowed for them to have a strong influence on the world. They stood up for what they believe in and made music for the things they love. The Beatles have and always will hold astrong influence on the music industry.”-Lina David & Crystal Pike, 2011
Here are some of my favorite tunes by Paul McCartney: