The Beatles Have Nashville Connection
by Marcus Washington
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In the 50 years since the Beatles first appeared on American television, the Fab Four has remained one of the biggest and most influential bands in music history.
When the Beatles performed on the Ed Sullivan Show, it was a performance like no other at the time and Don Cusic instantly became a fan.
"I was one of the 73 million kids sitting in front of the television February 9, 1964, watching them perform," said Cusic, a music professor at Belmont University.
Four boys from Liverpool took over the music scene in nearly every area of the United States.
"And it was a country radio show on, every afternoon Rocky Willis, and in the midst of this country music he plays a Beatles song," said Cusic.
Cusic is now a music professor at Belmont University. He's writing an article for the International Country Music Conference on the Beatles ties to Nashville, including George Harrison's love for Chet Adkins and the guitars he played.
"So when you saw the Beatles on February 9, 1964, on the Ed Sullivan Show, you saw a connection to Nashville through the guitar that George Harrison was playing," said Cusic.
Jim Horn is what anyone would call a well accomplished horn player. He's worked with musicians like Ray Charles, Elvis, Elton John, Kenny Chesney and the Beatles.
"And I had no idea at that time I was going to get to work with those guys individually," said Horn.
Horn said he never had the pleasure of working with all of them at the same time, but he played with all four of them individually over the years.
"I was just working with people. I didn't think of them as being these mega stars that they were later on," he said.
Like many lovers of Beatles music, Horn plays their songs often, even releasing an album of their hits called, A Tribute to the Beatles.
If you would like to continue the 50th celebration of the Beatles introduction to the band, CBS is airing, Grammys Salute to the Beatles on Sunday, February 9, at 7 p.m.