There have been many things written on The Beatles, and there will be a lot more this week, so I'm not sure I really need to add to the deluge, but as one of those Beatle obsessed kids growing up I'd be remiss if I didn't write something.
I didn't discover The Beatles the first time around. I was too young in the sixties to appreciate them. I discovered The Beatles at 15 when my mom brought home a copy of the compilation Rock and Roll Music. I certainly knew of The Beatles, and I'd heard many of their songs, but I'd never really sat down to listen to them.
That album with the tacky and completely out of place silver cover changed all that. At that point the Beatle obsession kicked in.
I started with the early albums and worked my way down the line, so I was able to experience them as those that grew up with them.
Those early pop songs remain favorites of mine, and when the CD reissues happened, while others rushed to buy Abbey Road and Sgt Pepper, I picked up those early albums first.
I honor of their first appearance on Ed Sullivan I'm happy to make I Want to Hold Your Hand our Record of the Week.
The Beatles - I Want to Hold Your Hand
Despite being their first breakthrough in America, I Want to Hold Your Hand remains The Beatles second biggest hit, trailing only Hey Jude.
It's a perfect slice of pop perfection and the innocence of the song only adds to its charm.
Looking at the original Capitol picture sleeve it's hard to imagine that this would be the band that changed the world, but change the world they did.
'til the next 50 years
Keep the Adventure Alive,