Celebrating 50 years of Beatles’ country music
Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 — It was 50 years ago this week The Beatles made their first live appearance on American television on the Ed Sullivan show and changed the music world forever.
But here’s one you haven’t heard. For years, one of my favorite baits to cut has been, “The Beatles are a country band.” Now informed folks readily admit The Beatles played some country music, but they argue their catalog includes many more styles. I have to agree with that assessment because it’s absolutely true, but I continue to set the hook with the anecdotes and song citations that reveal the band’s country influences.
I know it sounds crazy and outrageous— The Beatles as a country act — but don’t just take my word for it. Here are the words of some music biz insiders who agree with me!