It was forty-two years ago today that the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Beatles[/lastfm]‘ “Come Together” went to #1 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart.
So, in commemoration, Jack FM is making it our Song of the Day!
Because we, too, got toe jam football.
Formed in Liverpool in 1960, the Beatles are one of the most commercially successful and critically-acclaimed acts in the history of rock n’ roll. In the U.K, the Fab Four have had more #1 albums than any other artist, and in the States, they hold the record for having the most #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. They also won seven Grammy Awards during their ten-year career and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. And today, their music still continues to influence our world.
After playing in local clubs for a couple of years, the Beatles first impacted the British music scene in 1962 with the single “Love Me Do.” It peaked at #17 on the U.K. Singles chart and brought the band a taste of mainstream success. But it was nothing compared to what lay ahead.
On February 7, 1964, the Beatles landed in America, and two days later, 74 million people tuned in to see the Fab Four make their U.S. television debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. “Beatlemania” soon spread across the country. Just two months later, the Beatles had 12 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and had scored a handful of #1 hits, including “She Loves You,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Can’t Buy Me Love” and “A Hard Day’s Night.” By 1965, the lads from Liverpool were international superstars.
Over the next several years, the band’s music matured, evolving into more of an experimental, psychedelic rock sound on albums such as Revolver and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. In the fall of 1969, the Beatles released their 11th studio album, Abbey Road. It debuted at #1 on both the U.K. and U.S. charts and is one of their most successful albums. The single “Come Together,” which was inspired by Timothy Leary’s California gubernatorial campaign, spent one week atop the Billboard Hot 100 and sold over two million copies. “Come Together” has since been covered by numerous artists, most notably by [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Aerosmith[/lastfm] in 1978.
In May 1970, the Beatles released one final album, Let It Be, before calling it quits and closing the book on one of the world’s most beloved bands. After the breakup, all four members would go on to enjoy rather successful solo careers in the ’70s and ’80s.
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