February 10th, 2014

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The Beatles

I didn't watch the Beatles special that aired CBS last night, The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute to The Beatles' 50th Anniversary, mostly because I was at work but also because CBS did not see fit to make it available on its website for people such as myself to watch at our leisure and because I don't feel like going to the trouble of searching out an illegal download. (CBS did offer some short clips, but nothing particularly interesting.)

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.)
 
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