Tuesday, April 6, 2010
They were a handful
Then they throw something like this back at us. It's their Exhibit A, also known as the Billboard Top 5 from this day in 1964:
1. Can't Buy Me Love, Beatles
2. Twist and Shout, Beatles
3. She Loves You, Beatles
4. I Want to Hold Your Hand, Beatles
5. Please Please Me, Beatles
That's pretty convincing evidence. And yet five weeks later "Can't Buy Me Love" was toppled by Louis Armstrong's "Hello Dolly," which was quite fitting. It was Armstrong who once uttered "If it hadn't been for jazz, there wouldn't be no rock 'n' roll." Truer words were never spoken.
How in the world did an old man with a trumpet and a gruff voice momentarily beat back the revolution? There's only one explanation. The Beatles were busy reloading. And, of course, the Stones hadn't arrived.