The Beatles made history when they appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 1964. Apparently, one of those 73 million viewers who watched them perform was Gene Simmons. He said "I'm a child of The Beatles. They created this sort of hybrid white version of American music. They could do it all: Little Richard, country, pop, soul, psychadelia. They had no rules."
4. The Eagles
Although Joe Walsh played with a band when he was still in high school, it wasn't until he heard The Beatles in the 60s when he realised music could be more than just a hobby. He told Rolling Stone, "I took one look on The Ed Sullivan Show and it was, 'F*ck school. This makes it! I memorised every Beatles song and went to Shea Stadium and screamed right along with all those chicks. My parents still have a picture of me all slicked up, with a collarless Beatles jacket and Beatles boots, playing at the prom."
3. The Ramones
The Ramones got their names from Paul McCartney's pseudonym when he once checked into a hotel: "Paul Ramon". Bassist Dee Dee Ramone revealed how hearing The Beatles was a watershed moment for him. He said, "I couldn't see a future for myself...then I heard the Beatles for a the first time. I got my first transistor radio, a Beatle haircut and a Beatle suit...Rock 'n' Roll gave me a sense of my own identity."
Nancy Wilson told The Believer: “The lightning bolt came out of the heavens and struck Ann and me the first time we saw the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show. There’d been so much anticipation and hype about the Beatles that it was a huge event, like the lunar landing: that was the moment Ann and I heard the call to become rock musicians. I was seven or eight at the time. Right away we started doing air guitar shows in the living room, faking English accents, and studying all the fanzines. Luckily, our parents were both musical and supportive about us getting into music. So it didn’t take all the begging in the world to convince them we had to have guitars. We taught ourselves to play off the Beatles’ albums and the trusty old Mel Bay chord book.
1. Black Sabbath
In a 2017 interview with Classic Rock magazine, the Prince of Darkness himself admitted that he owes his career to The Beatles. Speaking about the classic hit “She Loves You”, Ozzy Osbourne said: “That song changed my life. She Loves You had such an impact on me. I remember exactly where I was. I was walking down Witton Road in Aston, I had a blue transistor radio and when that song came on I knew from then on what I wanted to do with my life. Then I became an avid Beatles fan – they were great. I owe my career to them because they gave me the desire to want to be in the music game.”