The ongoing legacy of the Beatles is an amazing phenomenon. But those 4 lads always were THE phenomenon of the 60s and have never been surpassed in creative influence, even to this day.
What stands out for me in particular is the range of musical styles their songs covered. Listening to “Yesterday”, “Revolution”, and “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” gives a clear idea of what I mean. These may as well have be done by completely different artists. It’s hard to imagine anyone today getting away with that as original creators of pop music. Artists tend to identified with specific genres and straying outside this is a career faux pas, possibly career ending. But not so the Beatles. Nothing was off limits.
The other stand-out is that sound of John Lennon and Paul McCartney singing together. Their vocal harmonies are special to say the least. While each one was a fine singer on his own, there was something greater than them both when they sing together. No doubt the exact harmonies were carefully chosen, and the effect was magical. What is fascinating is that there are better vocalists out there who are trained, polished, and have a range that exceeds the boys from Liverpool. But when those boys sang together, a unique and special sound was created.
To this day, new generations are discovering the Beatles. That music has stood the test of time and, after 40 years shows no sign of abating. I remember when they were fresh, revolutionary headliners. It’s a thrill to have had my youth during that time. And to be able to share a bit of that with our children and grandchildren is one of the joys of getting older.
Click on the picture here for some Beatles stuff on Amazon. Lots of items to choose from there so take your time and enjoy!