Fifty years ago the Beatles arrived in America to appear on the Ed Sullivan show. This was a momentous event. I wasn't alive at the time and I'm sure that's the case with many folks, however, there's no doubt their impact on the world continues to live on and will do so for future generations. Their musical gifts will never tire or grow irrelevant, but rather remain musical staples and true classics.
Last night the Grammys offered us a celebration of this event by way of a night filled with Beatles songs performed by today artist and culminating with remarkable performances by the only two living Beatles; Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.
Millions of us tuned in for this event and we weren't disappointed! While I'll admit many of the performances were a little awkward as they didn't live up to the originals, it was still a sweet effort. Paul was so gracious as he thumbed up all the performers.
Some of my favorite performances were Alicia Keys and John Legend's soulful rendition of Let It Be. I also enjoyed the full out rock performance of While My Guitar Gently Weeps performed by Joe Walsh, Gary Clark Jr. and Dave Grohl killing it on drums.
Regrettably, I missed much of the show so I'm hoping this comes out on DVD. My mom was able to view the entire show and said the ending, when Paul and Ringo take the stage was the best of the evening. If ya hadn't seen the show and can't wait for the DVD, Google The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles
Check out this rather antediluvian video of The Fool On The Hill, a lovely, yet haunting song.
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