Beatles: They Say It’s Your Birthday

This year, February 9th marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ American debut on the Ed Sullivan show, and CBS will be televising an all-star performance to pay special tribute to one of modern music’s greatest (if not the greatest) influences.

Beatles 50th Anniversary February 9, 2014

Beatles 50th Anniversary February 9, 2014

Some of the voices of the performance include Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Brad Paisley, and of course Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. One of the highlights of the show will be an ensemble performance of the Beatles classic, “Hey Jude.”

The Beatles didn’t just write some great songs—they also changed the whole culture. One of the greatest things about the Beatles was that they were never afraid to show the world who they were.

Their floppy haircuts and relaxed social stance made the image of counterculture mainstream, and ‘Beatlemania’ was definitely the focus of every media platform of the era. Some people still recall radio stations devoted to playing Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band all day long for days on end when the album was first released.

The iconic foursome opened the doors for a whole generation of musicians to flourish and adapt their own personal brand of art, and music itself earned a larger voice in a global dialogue.

While only two of the Beatles have made it to the Golden Anniversary, John Lennon and George Harrison will always be fondly remembered for their contributions to entertainment, art, and bringing joy to the entire world.

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