Fifty years ago Sunday, The Beatles performed on "The Ed Sullivan Show," grabbing the attention of America.
The Beatles were like a rush of fresh air, cleaning out the odors of a house closed for too long. Their hairstyles got everyone's attention right away, but their vitality and, of course, music won our hearts and minds. These weren't just four guys strumming the guitar or banging on the drums. They were witty and tremendously talented. Their entrance heralded the "British Invasion," but that music was really nothing other than good-old rock 'n' roll.
The Beatles and other British bands re-introduced American music to America. And the fans went wild! I'll never forget that amazing time of Beatlemania. It was like I had been in a coma and awoke to full awareness. Almost like being in love.
I never understood the craze for The Beatles but acknowledge their talent. I always thought Led Zeppelin was the best the British sent us.
I'm 41 years old. The Beatles broke up two years before I was born, but I became a fan. Today, I work as a private tutor and recently introduced The Beatles to some of my students, who are in their teens or younger. Quite a few of them (and their friends) have become fans.
There has been so much focus on The Beatles because of the 50th anniversary. This is partly due to the Baby Boomers' fascination with them. You won't have to wait 100 years to find out how their popularity will wane. The truth is, each generation that passes finds and embraces its own heroes, and eventually, The Beatles will be the music their grandparents liked. What self-respecting kid would ever allow himself to be in that boat?
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