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I understand there are pressing issues and people can’t seem to agree on anything, but I don’t know anything about President Trump’s trip to Asia.

So I’m going back in time to some 30 years before I was born. As a student of history, this is a subject I’ve studied since I was about 10. 

The Beatles invaded America seven months before the Rolling Stone and this is where we begin. 

Ed Sullivan famously invited the fab four to New York City and 73 million people saw it. Legend has it their were even less criminals on the streets that night because even they could not miss such a momentous occasion.

“I Want to Hold Your Hand” has been described as an explosion of joy, was released three months prior and the following year they released a movie. The Beatles heyday didn’t really end until 1969 or ‘70 depending on how you view Led Zeppelin.

The Stones came on the scene and were marketed as the antithesis of John, Paul, George and Ringo. Mick and Keith were in this group of bad boys, but they were playing blues tunes by Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters.

Two years later this group Cream (Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce) came out of England and they perfected blues rock. 

And to paraphrase Ginger Baker –  The Rolling Stones were five white boys that tried really hard to play the blues, but never really got it. Baker has also said Charlie Watts is by far the best musician in the group.

The Rolling Stones saw the the mind-boggling success of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and they hopped on the bandwagon with Their Satanic Majesties Request. Now I don’t hate it, but plenty of people did.

Following The Beatles inevitable destruction, The Rolling Stones hit their stride entering one of history’s great creative runs in popular music from 1968-’74. But that came to a screeching halt when Mick Taylor left and they brought in Ronnie Wood.

Similar creative runs include Miles Davis ‘55-’63 , The Beatles ‘65-’70, Stevie Wonder ‘72-’77.

In conclusion, The Beatles are better because they hit their great creative run almost immediately and progressed with every release then imploded. The Rolling Stones should be enjoying some sort of retirement. 

Yes, it boils down to retirement for me and that The Beatles made four movies.

Also, it should be pointed out both of these groups among others including Elvis borrowed/influenced by or some might go so far as stole from the godfathers of rock ‘n’ roll like Chuck Berry, Fats Domino and Little Richard.

Lastly, next week is all about Thanksgiving, well at least for me it is.

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