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Today on the Fab 4 at 4, I'm talking about The Beatles influence on the 60's!
On June 4, 1967, the Jimi Hendrix Experience played their last show in England. In the audience were Beatles Paul McCartney and George Harrison, Beatles' manager Brian Epstein, Eric Clapton, Spencer Davis, Jack Bruce, and pop singer Lulu. McCartney and Harrison were extremely impressed when Hendrix opened the show with "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", which had only been released three days earlier.
Joe Cocker had completely revamped Lennon and McCartney's "A Little Help from My Friends", changing it to a 12/8 blues/rock song. The Beatles agreed that it was a great version. Cocker would also cover "She came in through the bathroom window", "Something", and "Come Together".
At the height of Beatlemania, the TV show The Monkees was developed about an imaginary band that wanted to be The Beatles. The cast members, who all had musical backgrounds, soon became a real band. At the peak of their success, the Monkees outsold The Beatles and the Rolling Stones combined, selling over 35 million records, and having four consecutive Number 1 albums in the year 1967 alone.