Last night's special put me in mind of another special about the Beatles I saw years and years ago, when I was a wee lad, possibly when I was in kindergarten. I don't really remember the details -- such as why anyone was airing a special about The Beatles at that time, though if it really did air when I was kindergarten, it may have been to commemorate the tenth anniversary of their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show -- but I do remember how surprised I was that I had heard so many of their songs. I liked to listen to the radio, and my favorite station was WLS-AM, which is a talk radio station these days but back then played popular music. They played Beatles songs all the time -- remember, even their oldest songs were only ten years old at the time -- but they weren't always very good about announcing the names and artists of the songs they played, so it came as a huge surprise that one band had done so many songs I knew and liked. It turns out I'd been a Beatles fan without even knowing it.
And I continue to be a Beatles fan. Why, just the other day, I named the Beatles as one of the bands I would choose if I could only listen to three bands for the rest of my life. (The other two were Ben Folds Five and the New Pornographers, incidentally.)