CNN is about to push out ‘The Seventies’; over the weekend I finally saw the British Invasion episode of ‘the Sixties’, and it was everything I wanted and more.
Short version: BeatleMania hit, inspired in part by their covers of Isley Brothers and Barrett Strong’s hit songs; the Rolling Stones followed suit, letting James Brown open for them to show their appreciation for soul music (cool but BIG mistake Mick never forgot), the Beatles started writing their own songs and got bigger, which inspired Brian Wilson among others to try harder and play around with harmonies and the studio to create ‘God Only Knows’, which the Beatles heard and a year later, ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ comes out.
(And yes, the creative competition and artistry fired me up as much as it sounds like it did. I picked my guitar the next weekend and started playing my favorite solos again.)
Including this one. Enjoy!