Fifty Years’ Greatest Impact!!

Many newsworthy events happened fifty years ago. But one of them has

What you see, hear and do is important.

What you see, hear and say is important.

been talked about more then the others. This will be the topic of Shirl and You. Before we get to this most-talked about subject, let’s take a quick look at some of the others.

Fifty years ago Buffalo Wings were invented at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York and the

It started in Buffalo, N.Y.

It started in Buffalo, N.Y.

Hess Toy truck was first released then and cost $1.29. The surgeon General’s report issued a “Smoking May Be Harmful” warning.

There’s more! Ford Mustang was introduced and was Ford’s most successful launch since the Model A. Flat screen television was invented then and

1964 Ford Mustang.

1964 Ford Mustang.

the eight track cartridge was popular until the 1980’s when compact cassettes took over. The first photos of the moon’s surface were taken, 50 years ago, by a spacecraft.

The Addams Family, The Munsters and G. I. Joe are fifty years old as are the new Hampshire state lottery, the first synthesizer, The Moog, and the wrinkle-The Beetles 4free clothes treatment we all appreciate, Permanent Press.

All of these are well and good, but the most talked about happening was

The Beatles.

The Beatles.

the arrival of The Beatles, not the tiny beetle that is devouring our evergreen trees here in America. No, it, is the one-of-a-kind band that actually transformed American music. The Beatles arrived here in the U.S., February 7, 1964.

It wasn’t the news coverage being given on what’s left of the band today that got me thinking about using them as a Shirl and You subject. It was at a theater organ concert we recently attended where the organist The beatles 5jpgplayed four of their songs, “Michelle,” “Yesterday,” “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer,” and “When I’m 64.” Listening to these beautiful renditions on the organ brought back memories of refusing to let our children listen to the four “moptop” teen idols that were sweeping our country with “way out music”, and also their talk of peace, love and their fight against the Vietnam war. What really got many people upset was the statement made by John Lennon that they were more popular than Jesus.

To digress a bit here, my husband and I recently met a couple of musicians, at the RV Park, where we reside for the winter months. He is a very accomplished fiddle player and his wife, a pianist. He gave Burl some tips on fiddling, something my husband wants to learn since The Beatles 9receiving a violin for Christmas. It was interesting to hear how their daughters became very accomplished at fiddling, so much so that well-known groups wanted them to become part of their traveling bands. Although some may think this was a great opportunity for the girls, the mother wisely recommended that they not become a part of the entertainment business, and they soon saw it her way.

The entertainment business calls for hard living. And so it was with The Beatles. The two that are left, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are now The Beatles 6near 70 years of age. John Lennon was shot and killed and George Harrison died of cancer, November 2001 at the age of 58. By 1970, the group was ready to disband, with some stepping out to do solo recordings. The Beatles had started their careers in Britain singing folk music,  soon changing to rock and roll. Their long hair caught people off guard, many think their most popular song, “Yellow Submarine” promotes drugs. Long hair, rock and roll, drugs, some believe these traits may well have been instrumental in changing the world. 

What’s to be learned here? Making wise decisions on how our lives will The Beatle7be lived and what effect those decisions will have on those around us, remain an important part of living.

I would love to hear your comments on this Shirl And You.

8 thoughts on “Fifty Years’ Greatest Impact!!

  1. Carson Peters, then nine, was on the tonight show last year as a fiddler. He explained to Betty White that the difference between a violin and a fiddle is that a violin has strings and a fiddle has strangs.

    Click the link for a youtube clip of that show.



    • I like your explanation of the difference between a violin and a fiddle. Say string with a southern accent and you have it right! Isn’t it down south where you hear the best fiddling? Always appreciate your comments, Wade. Thanks for writing.


  2. Music has a big impact on our lives. I especially like the older songs. Much of the music of today has curse words and bad messages in it. We live in a world that seems to focus on things that are negative; and this is one of the reasons that I seldom watch the news. Music can be uplifting and inspiring, and I think that this is how it should be. I have always liked music by the Beatles, even though the lyrics of some of their songs can be questioned and wondered about. I suppose that music is art and art is expressing one’s self. We all need to make wise decisions. The decisions that we make today could have an impact on the rest of our life. Choosing to include God in your life is the best decision that any of us can make!!


  3. Hi Shirley. You brought back some memories for me. My sister and I were teens when the Beetles came on the scene. All our friends were into their songs and music. I heard many of their songs and I remember one in particular that my family didnt approve of. Hey Jude. We were told it was about drugs. Little did we know some of the rest were not good to listen to. Of course being teens we wanted to have their songs. The songs today I would never want my kids to listen to them. I’m sure they are not appropriate even though I never hear them. I’m excited to know Burl is going to learn the violin. My one granddaughter has been taking lessons.


  4. I remember a pic taken back in the early “70”‘s…”see no…hear no…speak no”…taken of me and friends at the Naval Academy. I have a great love for music and if I’m not listening to it…I’m singing it…it is my prayer life…I post a lot of my favorites on my FB Wall. I agree with Colleen that the Lord is the best decision that any of us can make. Our decision making effects our life and those around us…but not even a bad decision can keep Gods Will from happening. He will always make a way.


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