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Classic Rock Bands - The Beatles
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Classic Rock Bands  -  The Beatles

As classic rock bands go, the most commercially successful act in history is The Beatles. They were only together for 10 years, however they still hold the world record with 20 #1 hits and have sold over a billion albums and singles combined.

I remember while living in the Azores as a kid next to the US Air Force 65th wing and listening to the American radio station in the late 60's and early 70's. When I first heard a Beatles song on the radio waves and I will swear it was" Oh Darling" off the Abbey Road album. Everyone on the island loved that song even though none of us spoke English as the Azores only language at the time was Portuguese.

As of this writing, The Beatles have broken up some 40 years ago. John Lennon was shot and killed in NYC by some weirdo called Mark Chapman who claims he hears voices, sees little people and is obsessed with the book "Catcher In The Rye". George Harrison passed away a few years ago, leaving only 2 members, Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr of the Fab Four who are still alive. Yet there they are with exclusive rights from I-Tunes and cover bands called "Beatlemania" still selling out some arenas.

I remember watching late night TV one night and Beatles drummer Ringo Starr was on and for the life of me I can't remember what show it was but he said something that I never knew or couldn't believe. He said that every second of the day there is a Beatles song playing somewhere in the world. Wow can you image the royalties these guys still make from recordings they did in the 60's?

Although I think the first half of there albums are more like bubblegum music, I love their harmonies and simple statement of their songs. You can hear how they grew as musicians and song writers as their albums and singles progressed.

I am more into there later albums when they where getting stoned and writing stuff like " I Am The Walrus", "Hey Jude", Get Back" and stuff like that. Their "White Album", I would personally consider one of the best albums of all time. "Rocky Raccoon", "Back In The USSR", "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" just to name a few, really rock this album out . Because they broke up when I was like 6 I never saw them in concert but I did have the pleasure of seeing Sir Paul McCartney perform at the TD Garden with a few friends of mine. I must say I sang every song with him and he did many Beatles songs that night. Not that the people I was with wanted to hear me sing as they asked me several times to let Paul sing and not me.

But there is something to me about a classic rock band like The Beatles that makes you want to sing along with all their songs. They seem like such happy songs, simple plain everyday people songs that everyone can relate to and I think that is what makes them so special.

The songs that touch me are also the song's that touch others as well and that is The Beatles magic. They can touch all of us with there common people songs and I love it to this day. Let Beatlemania live forever. As classic rock bands go, they were and are still truly a one of a kind band that will last forever!


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Annie D.  

Hi Rego, I'm a huge Beatles fan! I remember all their early "bubblegum" songs too. But I think "A Day In The Life" is my fave. Annie

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