Sting Resembles The Beatles’ Early Career To Elvis Presley
During a recent interview, former Police frontman Sting opened up about the Beatles‘ influence on his music career. The musician recalled when he first heard the British band and said that they gave him the same excitement as Elvis Presley in terms of their revolutionary music.
Many artists in the history of rock and roll have significantly influenced the genre, but some of them are icons. The King of Rock and Roll is one of the musicians that come to mind first as he’s regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century. Elvis Presley had become the leading figure of the newly popular rock and roll sound.
Much like Elvis Presley, the Beatles are also regarded as the most influential band of all time, since the English legends played a significant role in the development of 1960s counterculture and popular music’s recognition as an art form. Their music was a breath of fresh air in the rock community, thanks to their innovative ways of creating music.
During a recent interview, Sting was asked about when he started being inspired by the Beatles during his music career. According to the musician, their influence started almost immediately after he heard the band for the first time. Later on, the Police icon recalled that precise moment.
Apparently, Sting was in a changing room where he heard ‘Love Me Do‘ on the radio, which is the debut single of the Beatles, released in the United Kingdom on October 5, 1962. If you ask Sting, the simplicity and the great chemistry between Paul McCartney and John Lennon’s sound, in addition to their simple tune in the bar bass line, offered something different.
Furthermore, Sting stated that he had felt the same excitement when he heard Elvis Presley after listening to ‘Love Me Do’ since it felt completely new and refreshing, which ultimately would pave the way for the upcoming musicians. Sting himself felt like the Beatles would change his life right after hearing the band’s first single ever.
When asked how his admiration towards the Beatles started, Sting said:
“Immediately. I remember being in the changing room, and the radio came on, ‘Love Me Do.’ There was something about the simplicity of that song, the harmonies of McCartney and Lennon singing together, the very simple tune in the bar bass line, and the harmonica part. It was a bit like the Elvis Presley excitement. ‘This is something new. This is something completely revolutionary, and it will change my life.'”
You can listen to the entire interview and listen to ‘Love Me Do’ below.