Necessary medicine

It was sixty years ago today…

On February 9, 1964, four young musical geniuses showed up on the Ed Sullivan show and changed the face of popular music forever. As it happened, a confluence of forces had come together in that moment.

For one thing, it was the height of the Baby Boom, and therefore the world population of girls in their early to mid teens had hit an all time high. They were ready for a style of music that spoke to their generation, like no music had before.

Also, the population of the United States of America had been in deep morning for a little over two months, for a reason that should be obvious. Something as joyful as Beatlemania was more than welcome — it was necessary medicine.

…They’ve been going in and out of style
But they’re guaranteed to raise a smile
So may I introduce to you
The act you’ve known for all these years

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