I love the Beatles. Not only were they great musicians and great songwriters but they were really amazingly good singers too. (Try to play "Beatles Rock Band", the video game and see how hard it is to score "perfect" on those harmonies! My son can do it, I can only do it on the George Harrison songs!) When George Martin (their first producer, of course) met them, he really was totally bowled over by their charm. Talented, good-looking and charming...I loved them the moment I saw them on the Ed Sullivan Show in February of 1964. It had been such a horrible time for the country. President Kennedy had been assassinated in November of the year before and that winter seemed very cold and gray. The music in this country had become very stale and dull. When they were first introduced on the Ed Sullivan Show and all the girls started screaming, and I saw their young faces and their long hair, I was hooked. It was like the world coming in color.
This is something that I read recently by the author, Cynthia Rylant, and she has expressed exactly what I felt about the Beatles...
"The Beatles gave me a childhood of sweetest anticipation. Our country was falling apart with war and riots and assassinations, but the Beatles gave me shelter from these things in their music and the dreams they caused me to dream."
There are lots of books about the Beatles but one that I really like is "The Love You Make" by Peter Brown and Steven Gaines. Peter Brown, if you remember, was John Lennon's best man when he married Yoko. He was with the Beatles from the very early days of the management of the band.