Awesome: The Beatles
Four guys from Liverpool got together a few years back and made some of the best pop music in history. 'Nuff said. Oh, you want more?
- Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band routinely tops various critical Top Albums Of All Time lists.
- The band broke up in 1970, that's over 40 years ago. They are still winning Grammys.
- During their touring years, there was multiple instances where the combined Squee of their fans was so loud it drowned out the roar of a jet engine.
- The final chord of "A Day In The Life", called "the most famous E-chord in history".
- According to Songfacts, the chord was made by all 4 Beatles and George Martin banging on 3 pianos simultaneously.
- Not to be confused with that screeching 'Extra Track'...
- How about the first chord of "A Hard Day's Night"?
- T-Mobile managed to get together a 15,300-person sing along of Hey Jude in the Trafalgar Square in London. The awesomeness especially kicks in during the 'Na Na Na Na' coda. Easily doubles as a Heartwarming Moment. Especially during the coda.
- The rooftop concert. John's sign-off, "I'd like to thank you on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we passed the audition", is a Meaningful Echo of Awesome.
- The fact that they nailed the recording of their cover of "Long Tall Sally" in a single take (having performed it so many times before, they were pretty good at it by that point, to say the least).
- "Twist and Shout" was also recorded in a single take. What's more, a second take would have not been possible because John's voice was shot. And it was recorded as the last song of the session for their first album. Which (except the four songs from their previous singles) was recorded in a single day. And this while they still were abiding to the normal studio time schedule. While they had a cold.
- "Rock and Roll Music", which, thanks to John Lennon singing as loud and dynamically as he could and the electronic instrumentation, blew Chuck Berry's Twelve Bar Blues version completely out of the water, and inverted and reset the standard for the song. All other versions, including a future remake by The Beach Boys, were dull and paled by comparison.
- Until The Beatles broke through in the United States with "I Want to Hold Your Hand" in the winter of 1964, only four other songs by British performers had topped the Billboard pop charts since its inception in 1940. note British popular music had its occasional appeal in the United States through the early 1960s, but the Beatles made British pop music the most dominant style, and began a run of dominance that has yet to be equaled. In 1964 alone, nine songs by British artists reached No. 1 (out of that year's 24 songs that topped the Billboard Hot 100), and by the end of the 1960s, 39 songs from the UK had gone No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, with nearly half (18) by the Fab Four (with The Rolling Stones the next closest at five). For the first week in April of 1964, the band held the top five spots on the Billboard charts (with "Can't Buy Me Love", "Twist and Shout", "She Loves You", "I Want to Hold Your Hand", and "Please Please Me" in that order). This will probably never happen again.
- Their first performance on The Ed Sullivan Show drew over 73 million viewers. Still one of the highest rated segments in the history of television. To make that possible, The Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein, made one of the canniest promotional deals in music history. When he was told by Sullivan's negotiator that the band would only get one appearance as a novelty act, Epstein counter-offered the band would accept a third of the standard appearance fee of one show for three appearances as the headliner and he himself would cover the travel expenses of the band personally. That proposal was too good for Ed Sullivan to pass up, and The Beatles got the most spectacular American promotion possible that set them up as the music mega-legends they would become.
- Cool Old Guy: At age 71, and in an era where artists like Kesha, Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Kenny Chesney and other young pop-oriented and country artists are top concert attractions, Paul McCartney remains solidly in that group of top concert attractions, regularly selling out top venues and drawing fans both young and old. Word has it that Ringo Starr is also equal to McCartney coolness-wise.
- This troper saw McCartney's Seattle show two years ago. 47,000 people in attendance. He played 2 1/2 hours with NO intermission, then brought out the surviving members of Nirvana for the encore. Artists one-third his age can't beat that.
- They had one of the most bizarre (for the day) contract riders: wherein they refused to play in front of a segregated audience. Ol' Blue Eyes wasn't the only one bringing down barriers way back when.