Monday, January 25, 2010

Yesterday


I was listening to an interview this morning on the Bob Edwards Show on XM/PR (XM the satellite radio network/Public Radio) of Peter Ames Carlin who wrote a biography of Paul McCartney titled, Paul McCartney: A life. I have not read the book but it sounds very interesting and complete.

The Guinness Book of Records calls McCartney "the Most Successful Musician Ever." His song "Yesterday" has also been called the most successful song ever. I always wonder about such statements especially after Michael Jackson "The King of Pop" and Elvis Presley "The King of Rock and Roll." But who am I to judge.

The author pointed out something that I already knew. Most successful Rock and Roll guitarists can only play three cords. Check it out. Even if you can't read music you can watch their hands and see that they only use three positions on the guitar. Of course that is not true of all guitar players. John and Paul only used three cords but George Harrison could actually play the guitar. I am sure that Carlos Santana, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton can/could play the guitar.

I lived in England for several years during the early 1960s and never heard of the Beatles. I guess that was during their German phase.

They came to the United States in the early 1960s shortly before I came back to New York City. I remember them being on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 and a year later in 1965 I was part of their security at their Shea Stadium Concert. My post was on top of the dugout near where they came out onto the field so I had a front row seat. It is easy to spot me on the old films but I am only a dot in the history. I bore my friends with pointing at the screen saying that the dot is me. I am sure they are impressed. What I do remember of the concert was you could not hear the music because the yelling was so loud.

So our paths crossed I guess.

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