Fans and celebs alike are going wild with excitement as 14 of the Fab Four’s legendary albums are reissued today on what is being called Beatles Day.
The famous recordings – painstakingly remastered to give the Mersey sound a stunning new edge – are expected to swamp the album charts as a whole new generation thrills to The Beatles, 47 years after the Liverpool lads’ released their first hit single Love Me Do.
And today’s pop idols admit just how much their music owes to the influence of their heroes – John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.
Outrageous Lady GaGa, 23, reckons listening to the Abbey Road album helped her to write her debut record The Fame.
“It’s the sense of melody in conjunction with the very liberating, strange storytelling,” she explains.
“They were masters of songwriting and just as relevant now as they ever were.”
Oasis have often told how The Beatles inspired their own hits. Noel Gallagher, 42, says: “I was playing guitar before I heard the Beatles, but as I got older and listened to the tunes I realised they were amazing.
“They inspire me more now than they did when I was a kid and are still the greatest. There will never be another Beatles.”
The list of artists who have covered Beatles songs is immense, from Tom Jones to The Killers to Kaiser Chiefs and McFly. Killers frontman Brandon Flowers, 28, says: “When someone mentions the Beatles
to me, the first thing I think of is those cool grey suits and those boots. Iconic imagery has always been a big deal for me.”
Both Carl Barat, 31, and Pete Doherty, 30, have covered Beatles songs, with Pete even dedicating She Loves You to ex-girlfriend Kate Moss, 35, at a gig.
Blur frontman Damon Albarn, 41, believes there’s nothing in music today that can match The Beatles.
“The Beatles were always an adventurous, funny, witty band,” he says. “Where’s the intelligence in this music now?”
The band’s guitarist Graham Coxon, 40, is a huge fan. He says: “They express a soul in their singing.” Another admirer, pop king Robbie Williams, 35, has a Beatles tattoo on his lower back, of the music to All You Need Is Love.
Beatles tunes are even a favourite on The X Factor, with hotly-tipped Danyl Johnson, 33, wowing the crowd at his audition singing With A Little Help From My Friends.
And in America – where today’s album launch is causing just as big a stir – actor and singer Jamie Foxx, 41, says: “Everything they did – incredible talent, man.
“It’s amazing how they infl uenced our culture and the music stands up today.”
Back home in Liverpool, where The Beatles’ amazing story began at the Cavern Club, the magic still lives on.
Last weekend saw 300,000 fans from 40 different countries flock to the city for the start of Beatles Week. Cavern Club owner Bill Heckle, 53, reckons the band’s continuing appeal is down to the fact they pushed the boundaries of pop music.
He says: “The Beatles are the first ever band to have been played in space – last year Nasa transmitted Across The Universe to a star 431 light years from Earth.
“That was the music they believed best represented the whole of humanity. “And that is why today, The Beatles are bigger than ever.”
9 September 2009
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