Forty-five years ago today, on January 30, 1969, the Beatles took to the rooftop of their record label in London. It was the only time they played together in public during my lifetime, and they showed why they were–and always will be–the defining band of rock n’ roll.
I’ve written about Led Zeppelin and the Doors, Van Halen and AC/DC, and many other rock acts in this space, but I’ve never really given the Beatles their due. They were the spark that set the rock band era in motion. Every group that came after them was trying to become what the Beatles were. And that legacy is about as good as it gets.