BY MELISSA DELLACATO
Editor in Chief
On Feb. 9, 1964, The Beatles made their debut performance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” marking the beginning of a musical career that would impact generations to come.
Though it has been half a century since that performance, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr have since become household names.
Time and tragedy has led to the unfortunate loss of two of the four Beatles, but McCartney and Starr remain a part of the music community. At the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, The Beatles made music history — again.
McCartney and Starr made a surprise performance of “Queenie Eye,” one of McCartney’s latest songs, together in front of a live audience at the Grammys Jan. 26. McCartney played on a multicolored piano reminiscent of the psychedelic era as Starr played the drums. The former Beatles received a standing ovation as they bowed, hand in hand.
“The Beatles are one of music’s most iconic groups, who won their first two Grammys… the same year they took America by storm,” said Neil Portnow, President/ CEO of The Recording Academy to CBS.
The Beatles won the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. According to the Grammy website, this award is for “performers who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording.”
“They were an influence to rock ‘n’ roll,” said Nico
Morisco, a 23-year-old liberal arts major at County College of Morris. “They set new standards… [and] used a lot of different instruments.”
Morisco said his favorite Beatle is John Lennon, citing the song “Imagine” to show that Lennon saw music as an “inspiration.”
“He took it to another level of creativity,” he said.
Overall, Morisco described The Beatles as one of his favorite bands.
“They’re classy people. They wrote amazing songs that everyone could listen to,” he said. “If I’m ever in the mood I could always listen to them.”
As a group, The Beatles won eight Grammys throughout their musical career.
“There’s so many good [Beatles songs],” Morisco said. “If I had to pick, I’d say “Come Together”.’ It has a mellow beat to it and it’s relaxing to listen to.”
The Beatles won their first two Grammys in 1964: Best New Artist of 1964 and Best Performance By A Vocal Group for “A Hard Day’s Night” in 1964.
Lauren Blake, an 18-year-old liberal arts student, said she liked all Beatles songs, but cited “A Hard Day’s Night” as an example of a Beatles song she enjoys.
“It’s catchy,” she said. “Every time it’s on, I just start singing.”
Blake, said she believes the reason for The Beatles’s long-time influence is because “people can relate to them.” “They’re good singers [and] close friends,”
“The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles” will air on CBS Feb. 9, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m., the same date and time of The Beatles’s original appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” fifty years ago. It will feature archival footage, in addition to contemporary artists covering various Beatles songs.