Last night saw the very successful premier of "Before They Were Fab: The Beatles Prior to Beatlemania" at the Wauconda Area Library to an audience of around 22. One of the questions asked afterwards was about who was the biggest influence on the Beatles. This ties in with a program I'll be delivering on Saturday, 12 July 2014, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Pequot Library (720 Pequot Ave, Southport, CT) titled "The Influence of American Rock 'n' Roll on The Beatles". While such a ranking is inevitably subject to much debate and personal opinions because it's not really possibly to quantitatively define 'influence', I have to give the following top 10:
1. Elvis Presley
2 & 3. Buddy Holly & Chuck Berry (tie)
4. Little Richard
5. Lonnie Donnegan
6. Carl Perkins
7. Gene Vincent
8. Jerry Lee Lewis
9. Eddie Cochran
10. The Everly Brothers
Today's program is another round of "Band of the Sixties" at the Ela Area Public Library (275 Mohawk Trail, Lake Zurich, IL). The last two times I've done this presentation I set both high and low attendance records with 92 and 0. How many will we get today?
This blog is a workshop for developing my analyses of The Beatles' music.