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A solid and enjoyable summary of the music of The Beatles, from Terry Teachout. One quote:
Such an appraisal must begin by taking into account the fact that the Beatles were the first rock-and-roll musicians to be written about as musicians. Elvis Presley, for instance, had attracted vast amounts of attention from the press, but for the most part he was treated as a mass-culture phenomenon rather than as an artist, and so were the other rock musicians of the 50’s and early 60’s (and the swing-era band-leaders and vocalists who came before them). Not so the Beatles. Almost from the time they began making records in 1962, their music was taken seriously—and praised enthusiastically—by such noted classical composers as Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, and Ned Rorem and such distinguished critics and commentators as William Mann, Hans Keller, and Wilfrid Mellers.
May I add some trivia to your Beatles entry? OK, thanks.
In the Searchers (50 years old this year) John Wayne as Ethan spoke the line "That'll be the Day". Buddy Holly, a John Wayne fan, wote a song using this phrase. It was a hit. The Beatles were fans of Buddy Holly and one of their first recoreded songs was called "That'll be the Day".
Incidentally, John Wayne was also somewhat of a mentor to James Arnes and recommmended him for one of the the longest running and most successful TV shows in history. "Gunsmoke".