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.

The group's 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 the world.

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.
   




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