It’s no secret that the Beatles have been a massive force and influence on music for generations, and their arrival in the U.S. 50 years ago on Feb. 7, 1964 and performance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” two days later truly kicked off Beatlemania in America. To mark this special 50th anniversary, Billboard caught up with a multitude of musicians on camera — including Ed Sheeran, Willie Nelson, and Metallica — to get each person’s take on the Beatle’s music and importance in their lives.
When it comes to the Beatles, genre matters little: stars as disparate as Boyz II Men and Kascade weigh in on their favorite Beatles songs. Others like Gavin DeGraw and the National speak about the profound influence of 1967’s LP “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”
More time-tested performers gave even more personal accounts of Beatle fandom. Charlie Wilson reminisces on wearing a Beatles wig to school. And venerable songwriter/Daft Punk collaborator Paul Williams muses, “One of the reasons I became a songwriter is the amazing treasure of music they gave me.”
Here’s a full list of the music stars interviewed in the video above:
Boyz II Men
Gary Clark Jr.
The Milk Carton Kids
Rob Caggiano of Volbeat