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Four British men with mop haircuts and suits take the stage, ready to perform. When the music starts, girls scream, faint and urinate on themselves. The new rock group’s appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” will change America forever. They are The Beatles.
Since their debut in the United States on Feb. 9, 1964, The Beatles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr) have continued to weave their Beatlemania spell on minds throughout the world.
The Beatles had an almost supernatural way of collaborating with one another, which can be heard on just about all of their albums.
Their crowning achievement came on June 1, 1967 with the release of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” Throughout “Sgt. Pepper’s,” the lyrical content and musical composition complement each other in such a way, that not even time itself could dull this 46-year-old gem.
From day one, “Sgt. Pepper’s” was a groundbreaking feat. For one, no other band at the time had donned alter egos in order to make an album as the Beatles did.
Besides becoming Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and recording, The Beatles also helped usher in the Summer Of Love. Songs like, “Being for The Benefit of Mr. Kite!” And “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” shows heavy influence from psychedelic drugs.
“Picture yourself on a boat on a river, with tangerine trees and marmalade skies, the opening line of “Lucy in the Sky,” could likely take the listener on an eight-hour acid trip on the spot.
The Harrison song, “Within You, Without You,” illustrates The Beatles newfound influence from Indian culture. Trading in his electric guitar for a sitar, Harrison croons, “With our love, with our love we could save the world if they only knew.”
Over the years, “Sgt. Pepper’s” has been ranked multiple times as the best rock album ever made. From The Rolling Stone to Guitar World, no one can get enough of The Beatles.
June 1, 2013 will mark the 46th anniversary of the release of “Sgt. Peppers” so go out and give it a listen. The drug references are subtle enough that children can listen to it and not understand what’s really meant.