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The fanous Harry Benson photo taken after the news that they had a #1 single in the USA

I saw this question on Quora recently: “Why are the Beatles so famous even though their songs sound boring?” Seriously.

I certainly can appreciate people having different tastes in music. So if someone thought the songs from a given early album was boring, one could say that, though I wouldn’t. But by the time they got to Rubber Soul and Revolver, I’m not hearing it.

Take the single Eleanor Rigby and Yellow Submarine from the Revolver album. One could barely tell the songs are from the same band.

More sharply, listen to I Want To Hold Your Hand, released on Boxing Day 1963 in the US – though the US doesn’t celebrate the holiday – which truly started Beatlemania in America. Compare it with the single culled from the Sgt. Pepper sessions, Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields Forever, released on February 17, 1967. What a stunning evolution in a little over three years.

On another note, congratulations to Sir Richard Starkey on being knighted.