A Moment Of Joy That Changed Everything

A half century or so ago this week, a burdened America experienced a moment of joy that gave it a jolt of optimism and energy: the Beatles arrived in America.

Comamentatorsย call the British Invasion by the Beatles “A moment that changed everything.” Music, popular culture, and national mood, all changed forever in the wake of the arrival of the the British rock band.

Enjoy the CBS story about the day the Beatles arrived on US soil and tell us, which Beatles song is your favorite?


22 thoughts on “A Moment Of Joy That Changed Everything

  1. I remember as a kid watching them on Ed Sullivan. All the screaming girls. I just did not get that part. Girls had cooties anyway, so whatever.

    My big brother went all in. Grew his hair long, started a band. Even went around for awhile faking a Liverpool accent.

    I did like their music. As I recall, “She Loves You” was my early favorite. My favorite Beatle was George, because he seemed quietly cool and had the longest hair.

  2. Geez…the Beatles defined my teenaged life. Saw them twice in concert (saw being the crucial word here because you couldn’t hear a thing) at Detroit’s Olympia.

    Hard to pick favorite songs but I’ll give it a try:

    “Things We Said Today” (early years), “Long Long Long” (George’s best work) and “Hey Jude.”

    And in honor of Queen Elizabeth’s Sapphire Jubilee, hit it Paul!


  3. Yesterday was my favorite Beatles song. It got played out in our Karaoke system though, to the point I couldn’t enjoy it as much. Many of the popular Beatles songs made the Karaoke LPs, so I don’t have a favorite anymore. I always get their music mixed up with the Monkeys.

  4. The Beatles shaped my teen years & many of their songs (as they evolved) bring back memories of my experiences. I still know all their lyrics.

    My best girlfriends and I (4 of us) became the female Beatles and I was John. I had a crush on Paul, but who didn’t.

    I loved the Rubber Soul album but so many of their songs hold a special place in my heart, it’s hard to pick just one favorite. How can you choose between the emotional YESTERDAY and the era bending, socially significant HEY JUDE or IMAGINE?

  5. I liked almost all of them, but when I was living in the dorm at UCLA, every day started with putting “Good Day Sunshine” on the turntable while I made my bed (Mom’s lessons die hard) and got ready for the day.

  6. George. Always George. Still waters, and all that. Songs: “Something,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” and my first and most fave “Don’t Bother Me.” Because…George. Well, and it fit me, too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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