I’m a little verklempt.
Discuss amongst yourself. I’ll give you a topic. Ringo Starr was neither Ringo nor Starr. Discuss.
At the urging of Butters, I decided to go finally dig a little deeper into the poll I posted on 6/30. If you didn’t see it, you can go here to vote for the most influential musician of all time. I had only 5 people vote unfortunately, and maybe that only means I have 5 followers. In any case there were 3 vote that agreed with my short statement about The Beatles. The other 2 votes were for other musician not listed one the in the poll, which we learned from the comments were the Yardbirds and Jimi Hendrix. Just for the record the three other options I originally listed were Led Zeppelin, Elvis Presley and The Rolling Stones. I will now take some time to elaborate on my choice The Beatles.
First a few simple facts facts. The Beatles have had more #1 hits than anyone with 20. They have had the #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 a total of 59 weeks. They also have had 19 #1 albums. They have held the #1 spot on the Billboard Album chart a total of 132 weeks. They have sold more than 1.3 billion records world wide. Pretty amazing numbers.
There music also covers so many genres. They certainly started as big “pop” and “rock n roll” musicians. But they later also incorporated classical, folk, country, psychedelic, Indian, and punk rock into there music. They were always changing based of outside influence on there music whether it was pressure to play more complicated melodies, or there current relationships or social views. They used a wide variety of instrument in addition to their primary instruments the guitar, bass, piano and drums. These instrument included the sitar, recorder, harmonica, banjo, trumpet, saxophone, oboe, glockenspiel, vibraphone, accordion, kazoo (made out of comb and paper), and assorted percussion (congas, bongos, Arabian loose-skin bongo, African drum, timpani, anvil, package case, maracas, tambourine, zill, güiro). So you can see they were also widely influenced by music all over the world based on instruments they used.
The Beatles have been covered by just about everyone at some point in there careers. These artist sinclude John Denver, Florence and the Machine, The Pixies, Ben Harper, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Breeders, Alison Krauss, Eddie Vedder, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Daniel Johnson, Oasis, U2, Regina Spektor, Ben Folds, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Emmy Lou Harris, Wilson Pickett, Johnny Cash, The Black Keys, Aretha Frankin, Tine Turner, Stevie Wonder, Al Green, Helloween, Ted Nugent, Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead, White Zombie, Bathory, and Type O Negative. I could go on and on, but you can see the wide scope of genres these artists encompass. There are 38 tribute albums listed on wikipedia’s “The Beatles tribute albums” page. I would have to think that is just the tip of the iceberg.
So those are just a few of the reasons I think The Beatles are the most influential, I welcome you opinion. I’ll leave you with my personal favorite song and further evidence of The Beatles influence.