Sample Music Essay Paper on The Beatles

Discussion 4

Upon their arrival in New York City on February 7, 1964, the Beatles caused ripples not only in America’ popular music scene but also the American population’s sense of fashion and belief system (Charness 5). Their five-song set released on Feb 9, 1964, was seen by approximately 73 million Americans translating to 40 percent of the country’s population at the time. In fact, the performance by the Beatles was regarded as the most influential performance in the history of music in America. It also kickstarted what was referred to as global Beatlemania.

One of the key reasons as to why the Beatles electrified America in 1964 was their breakthrough hit “I want to Hold Your Hand” that changed the perceptions of many Americans, especially youths (Charness 15). At the time, America was witnessing rapid changes in the way people thought and felt about their personal liberty. The nation as a whole was in mourning, disbelief, and fear following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas. In the aftermath of the assassination, the U.S. strived to restore normalcy. A significant percentage of the youthful population found it difficult to cope with their disbeliefs being gradually replaced by personal reactions to what had happened in America (Charness 17). Most of the youths affirmed that they felt empty following the incident. What was needed at the time was an initial push that would create a domino effect thereby reshaping the thoughts and perception of the young generation. The arrival of the Beatles and their release of the hit “I Want to Hold Your Hand” helped to achieve this objective since it provided an emotional and cultural mood lift America needed at the time.

Works Cited

Charness, Daniel Nathan. “BeatleBoomers: The Beatles in their Generation.” (2010)., https://wesscholar.wesleyan.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?referer=https://www.google.com/&httpsredir=1&article=1557&context=etd_hon_theses. Accessed June 19, 2018.