Today back in 1964, the Beatles made their American television debut on the Ed Sullivan Show. Clearly, this pre-dates me by about two decades, but I appreciate the impact on pop culture. Make that impact on global culture.
Anyway, I must admit if the Beatles had never existed, the chances of Glam being a form of popular music are about zero. If you think about, the Beatles are probably the most significant thing ever to happen to popular music. I mean, we went from ragtime, to country, to swing and something called rock - but it didn't roll until the Beatles swept in from Liverpool.
The Beatles were a bit dangerous, weren't they? They had "long" hair and wore mostly black. Their songs were - gasp! - uptempo. They also had an air of entitlement around them as they performed. Even before hitting it really big, each member of the Fab Four seemed to walk with a special confidence and display a smirk that said "Yeah, I know your daughter loves me and so does your wife. Buy a record."
I guess it was that confidence - coupled with the incredible song writing talent duo of John Lennon and Paul McCartney - that made the Beatles so famous.
So, as the Beatles continue to change the face of popular culture, they inspire thousands of kids to pick up guitar and pound the drums.
With each generation, there is an influence. In nearly every case, that influence can be mapped back to the Beatles.
If you watch the clip at the bottom of this article, you'll see young ladies swoon for these larger than life personas. You'll get the exact same reaction at a RATT concert about 20 years later.
Consider this: Aerosmith list The Yardbirds and The Who as having a major impact on their sound and style. They also credit the Beatles as a major influence.
You already know Aerosmith influenced about every successful Glam band ever to come from the 80s scene, most notably Motley Crue, L.A. Guns and Faster Pussycat. If you listen carefully, paying attenion to the many layers that make up the more complex Glam songs, you can definitely hear The Beatles.
Don't believe me? Think about all those cover tunes. Most bands have played at least one Beatles song in their respective careers. It's about knowing where you came from - and where you're going - that often breeds success and sustainability.