John Lennon's voice was taken from us by a madman, and George Harrison's silenced by cancer, but Paul McCartney's grows louder still. If there is a leader of the music world, a President of the United States of Rock, Paul wins unopposed on the first ballot.
June 1st marks the 45th anniversary of a decisive Baby Boomer moment: the release of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The album was, in the vernacular of the time, a mind-blowing, far out, groovy forty-minute trip. But that's not all.
It's been almost a dozen years since Frank Sinatra, the singer, actor and entertainer, breathed his last. But while Ol' Blue Eyes may be copping the eternal nod, the Frank Sinatra industry is alive, well and ring-a-ding dinging.
Would the Sixties be the sixties without the Beatles? Would teen culture as we know it exist without Elvis? And can any record, no matter how brilliant, have a similar impact today? Somehow, I don't think so.