Saturday 31 December 2022














The Beatles were one of the first UK rock bands to make it big in the United States, changing “the competitive landscape” of music, according to the Beach Boys’ Mike Love.
Love acted as a songwriter and vocalist for the Beach Boys, performing alongside brothers Carl, Brian, and Dennis Wilson and their friend Al Jardine.
Mike Love of the Beach Boys wrote about his musical experience in Good Vibrations, also elaborating on the Beatles. The bands rose in popularity around the same time, with the Beatles continuing to earn recognition into the late 1960s.

“Personally, I loved the Beatles’ music and saw, at least in the early days, similar themes between them and us in our boisterous songs about teenage life,” Love wrote. “Whether you wanted to twist and shout or load up your woody, you were living in the same carefree world.”
The “Fab Four” traveled to America to appear on the Ed Sullivan show. What happened after was described as “Beatlemania,” with fans crying, fainting, screaming, and even getting sick in the band’s presence.

There were some aspects that separated the Beatles from the Beach Boys. As noted by Love, there were some similarities in terms of songwriters and group roles.

“Neither band was about a single performer but about an entire group and the countries they represented,” he added. “Though I knew the Beatles had changed the competitive landscape, I never felt threatened or resentful. I thought they would make us better.”

In the same memoir, Love specifically commended the Beatles on their marketing and merchandising efforts. He named their music film A Hard Day’s Night and how it impacted the music scene. 

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