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What was your biggest musical influence?

La Crosse, WI, United States / Eagle 102.7
What was your biggest musical influence?

As a long-time radio guy, I have an above average knowledge of the music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s… specifically rock and roll and top 40.  I also own a huge collection of albums on vinyl and CD.  I also truly love the music I play on Eagle 102.7 and always have… well, at least since 1964.  I’ve had two gigantic influences on my love for the music of “my era”, and both were provided by the fab four, yep the Beatles.  The first was when I saw the Beatles on Ed Sullivan in February of 1964.  Even though I was just a kid, it blew me away.  I wanted so badly to perform music like that.  Since then I’ve been in many bands and always played some Beatles songs in those bands.

The second big influence was in June of 1967, when I bought the first copy of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” at the Ben Franklin, rushed to my girlfriend’s house, and listened to the album three times in a row.  That was a huge eye opener for me, all the amazing things you could do musically… without a doubt my world was opened and expanded.  I felt rejuvenated somehow, like I’d truly had a musical epiphany.

So today, June 15th, on the 51st anniversary of Sgt. Pepper, all the Beatles songs on our Features’ Fab Four Friday are from that great album.  And I truly hope that along the way, you’ve had an influence similar to mine.


Photo of album cover by Capitol Records

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