February 9, 1964
It was 50 years ago that the Beatles played the Ed Sullivan Show, indelibly changing music and even pop culture and fashion. There have been celebrations of all sorts, including retracing the steps of their first US visit, an exhibit at Lincoln Center, CBS changing the marquee on the Ed Sullivan Theater, plenty of interesting brief encounters with the band and (lost) photographs and Ed Sullivan staffers.
I must admit that, when I was younger, I thought their talent and music was overrated. But that was before I listened to their music; when I began to listen, I realized that I had, unknowingly, loved so many of their songs. Soon, they were the only thing that I wanted to listen to.
The Beatles greatly influenced my life, making me realize how much I loved music, my choice to study it and, simply, bringing me joy during difficult times. Without their music, I wouldn’t be the same person. Thanks, lads.