71. The Beatles
The Beatles are an English group of musicians
Liverpool, England that took America by storm with
appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show on primetime
. The group's first appearance was seen by more
73 million viewers in February, 1964, introducing the
to the American people. In the months to
, the group became the biggest Rock ‘N' Roll
ever to hit the United States.
opened the door for other British bands to
their way to America. Bands such as the
Stones, The Who, The Kinks and The Dave
Five were soon playing their music to American
The Beatles were made up by four of
finest musicians to ever play rock music. Their
singer was Paul McCartney, and drummer Ringo Starr.
still play to this day. Two of the
members, singers/songwriters, John Lennon, and George Harrison have
passed away, but their music lives in American
to this day. The Beatles have sold more
in the United States than any other country
There was controversy in the U.S.
to the group's first appearance. Conservative Americans viewed
Beatles as upstarts, with brash, new ideas, lyrics,
sound. The young generation of the time was
for a change, and the Beatles gave them
they wanted. They were nicknamed the "Mop Tops"
of their long, bowl-like haircuts that flew in
face of convention in the 60s. Nothing was
to stop the Beatles though. Their music is
popular today as it was 50 plus years
. This February, the Grammy Awards presented a special
celebrating the 50th anniversary of the group's first
on the Ed Sullivan Show.