Elvis, Eddie and The Beatles

21 Jul

July 21. 1956 … Billboard magazine calls Elvis Presley “the most controversial entertainer since Liberace.” The article also notes that Ed Sullivan, who once said Presley would never appear on his show, just signed the singer for three appearances.

July 21, 1958…Eddie Cochran released the rock anthem “Summertime Blues.”

July 21, 1969…The Beatles recorded the John Lennon composition “Come Together. “Come Together” was  eventually released as a double A-side with “Something” and as the opening track of Abbey Road.

“It has been speculated that each verse refers cryptically to each of The Beatles (e.g. “he’s one holy roller” allegedly refers to the spiritually inclined George Harrison; “he got monkey finger, he shoot Coca-Cola” to Ringo, the funny Beatle; “he got Ono sideboard, he one spinal cracker” to Lennon himself; and “got to be good-looking ’cause he’s so hard to see” to Paul); however, it has also been suggested that the song has only a single “pariah-like protagonist” and Lennon was “painting another sardonic self-portrait”.[6] Rolling Stone ranked “Come Together” at #202 on their list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time[11] and #9 on their list of The Beatles’ 100 Greatest Songs.[12

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