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Letter: They eclipsed Elvis

Born in 1943, I grew up on American pop music and then enjoyed R&B. It was Elvis who changed my life. I grew my hair and sideburns as long as a Catholic school would allow, which was pretty short by today’s standards.

The Beatles came along when I was in college, and I didn’t understand all the fuss. That started to change with the movie A Hard Day’s Night. I enjoyed their wit and screen personas. Rubber Soul and Revolver sold me that this was a musical phenomenon, and I re-listened to those first hits like “Please Please Me” and “All My Loving.”

I was captivated by the melodies, the thing that has always stood out for me about the Beatles. Begrudgingly, they eventually relegated Elvis to the No. 2 spot on my all-time list of the greats of rock-and-roll.

For many, John was the soul of the Beatles, but for me it has always been Paul and those great pop hooks he wrote and still writes today. The music of the Beatles and Elvis still keeps 70-year-olds like myself feeling young.



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