Many older rock music fans and musicians have cited The Beatles as one of their main influences. The Beatles were maybe even the reason they continued to listen to rock music or began playing in a rock band. I’m always amazed (“Maybe I’m Amazed”) to see how The Beatles have impacted younger generations of rock musicians and many musicians that work in other musical genres.
For myself, the Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club band album was a real “game changer” in many ways. The songs were different from anything I had ever heard before and I had no idea that it was a concept album where the songs related to each other and created a unified whole. The full brilliance of Lennon and McCartney’s songwriting was on full display as was the genius of George Martin’s production. This made this recording unique and groundbreaking from the song arrangements to the massive forty piece orchestral glissandos in “A Day In the Life.”
For you, were there specific musical things about The Beatles that come to mind from the songwriting to their instrumental skills to something else? Are there specific songs that had a profound impact on your approach to rock music going forward?